How Black Mountain Software Helps Greet A New Hire

It’s done, and now it’s begun. The recruitment process–over. The first impressions–in the distant past. The acceptance agreement–signed and done. And now your new employee is at the front desk, reporting for the first time. What is going through their head? What are they feeling?

This may depend on what has already transpired between her/him and your company. If your workplace culture has made the employee feel warm and welcome throughout the hiring process, it is likely the new employee is positive and excited! And if they felt the environment was warm and inviting, it’s probably an indication that you are positive and excited as well! Read more >

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How To: Have A Positive Attitude in 32 Words

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Have you ever wondered why some people get sick more often than others? Stress has long been attributed to both mental and physical health, but some believe there’s even more to it.

In fact, in my small little spiritual circle, there appear to be members who are immune to everything. This sort of immunity seems to suggest we have a little more control over our mood and destiny than we commonly believe.

In the last century, a Japanese gentleman named Mikao Usui developed a modality to help the willing student realize his potential to help others with healing. Read more >

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Mac vs. PC vs. Tablet

tablet-314153_640 copyBuying a new computer or device can be a challenge, especially with so many choices to choose from. Should you buy a Mac, PC, or tablet? Each has its own pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, and things they can or can’t do.

There are many factors that should be taken into consideration when deciding what type of computer is best for your situation. For instance, tablets are great because they are small and mobile. Macs are secure, but everything is proprietary, so it can be difficult to find software and games that are compatible (in fact, Black Mountain Software is currently not compatible with Macs and Tablets). Read more >

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Regaining Youthful Enthusiasm and Energy for a Positive Work Day

girlOnSwingChildren have an enthusiasm for learning that is unprecedented— and an outlook on time that is like no other. But as we get older, the days and years fly by and enthusiasm dwindles, or sometimes disappears completely.

At Black Mountain Software, we believe that a child-like enthusiasm for life and work fosters growth and happiness within your job. We have suggestions on how to boost your energy and enthusiasm levels, so that you can feel youthful excitement about tackling your work each and every day!

How to Get Your Youthful Enthusiasm and Energy Back

Open your eyes

Life is happening all around us, but most of the time we are too busy or otherwise preoccupied, and totally miss the fun and beauty around us. Read more >

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Helping A New Employee Transition

7K0A0868We recently posted an article about transitioning to a new job, and techniques for new hires that will help them make a successful transition into their new position. But what about the other side of the coin? What about hiring managers who are preparing for a new employee, or maybe even a new grad who has never worked before and is entering their organization?

If you have a new grad or new hire in your organization, there are a few techniques that can help make their transition more successful, allowing for a shorter transition time and more workplace satisfaction.

How to Help a New Hire With The Transition

  • Get to Know Your New Hire.
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    Small Town Stories: Lucerne, Wyoming

    Hot Spring outside of Lucerne

    We love small towns! Why, you may ask? Well, working with small towns allows us to really get to know our customers personally to understand their special needs. For example, when Utility Billing Clerk Taylor Smalley from the town of Lucerne, Wyoming, called us needing a cloud-based solution for their utility billing operations so she could work from home and tend to her cattle, we thought, “we can relate to that and it’s exactly why we are in the business of small town software!”

    Cattle tending is just part of Taylor’s life in Lucerne, a town of 535 residents. Read more >

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    Transition: Preparing for the Workforce

    7K0A0879Whether you are a post-grad student looking to enter the workforce for the first time, or in the process of making one of the seven (on average) career transitions most people make in a lifetime, transition can be a very difficult and nerve-racking undertaking.

    Transition is physical, psychological, and mental. A successful job transition means functionally succeeding at all the following factors:

    • Adopting the organization’s culture, vision, and methods
    • Making new relationships
    • Establishing your credibility, knowledge, and skill set
    • Learning a new job
    • Establishing and meeting the expectations of a new supervisor
    • Learning to manage your time
    • Setting new goals, objectives, and deliverables
    • Seeking feedback
    • Understanding cultural norms of a new organization (how meetings are conducted, understanding schedules, adapting to new management styles, and learning how to fit in)

    With so many factors that contribute to a successful immersion, it’s no wonder it can feel overwhelming starting a new job! Read more >

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    Why Government is So Quick to Adopt The Cloud

    English: Cloud ComputingUsually a late adopter, the Government is more commonly associated with “slow and secure” rather than “high tech and new.” But when it comes to the cloud, more and more local governments and municipalities are taking the leap, and cloud is quickly “changing everything in Government IT.”

    We ran across an article in Government Technology about local government cloud adoption, and thought it was an interesting—though lengthy—read.

    The article discusses how once counties and cities adopt the cloud for one thing (say, the County Appraisers office), the usability, cost-savings, and quickness encourages them to explore other areas where the cloud would be helpful. Read more >

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    Office Health Trend: Standing Desks

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    Standing Desk Set Up at Black Mountain Software

    Standing desks are the latest trend for office workers looking to maintain a healthier working environment, joined by other office health trends such as the exercise bike desk and the treadmill desk. We even have a standing desk right here in our BMS offices!

    Because they promote a healthy lifestyle during work hours, many offices have found wonderful benefits to providing employees with standing desks. Some of these benefits to standing desks include:

    • Reduction in obesity: Standing contributes to increased activity throughout the day, which results in a reduction of obesity.
    • Reduction in medical problems: Standing contributes to a reduction in the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and other metabolic problems.
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    2014 City Clerk Salary Survey Results and Infographic

    Last month, we asked members of our LinkedIn Group, The City Clerk Cafe, to participate in a city clerk salary survey to find out more about city council and city clerk pay. We wanted to paint an accurate picture of how population affects city council, mayor, and city clerk salary.

    What we found was very interesting!

    What we learned from the 2014 City Clerk Salary Survey

  • The higher the city population, the higher the City Council pay–by quite a bit! In towns with under 5,000 residents, the salary of a city council member may just be less than the gas it costs to get to the meeting—an average of $2,400 a year!
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