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5 Ideas for Holiday Workplace Wellness

This month we welcome a guest post from Human Resources Manager, Susie Alexander. Susie is responsible for employee relations, benefits, payroll, compliance, performance management, wellness, training, employee development, and visas, as well as some recruiting.

The holidays are a time for parties, cheer, and busy schedules! Even amidst the holiday craziness, it’s important for employees to engage in activities to stay mentally and physically healthy. Did you know that Whereoware was a finalist for SmartCEO’s 2016 Healthiest Companies? We’d like to share our top 5 ways for an organization to support their employees in staying healthy for the holidays.

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Behind the Glasses – Yireda Jilili

Each month, we’ll be interviewing one of our fab employees here at Whereoware. For September, we get to know Yireda Jilili our Digital Project Coordinator, a little better.

WHO:

What’s your name?  Yireda Jilili
Job title:  Digital Project Coordinator

BACKGROUND:

Favorite food: Pizza – as long as there are peppers on it!
Hidden talents: I am GREAT at thumb wrestling and Mercy; mainly because I can bend my fingers all the way back.
If there were a movie of my life, I’d be played by: Emma Watson for sure, more because I’m obsessed with her instead of any big resemblance. Although, my stunt double would be played by Jennifer Lawrence (I’m not as graceful as Emma Watson).
One item you would bring with you to a desert island and why: Pot to boil water, hunting equipment, hammock, a library… oh one item? Yikes… I bring three suitcases to a weekend trip, so I do not think I am capable of one item.
In a zombie apocalypse, my weapon of choice would be: A fully stocked ship- these zombies can’t swim, right?

NERD QUIZ:

Facebook or Twitter: Can I opt out for Instagram?  
iOS or Android:   iOS
‘Nerd’ or ‘Geek’:   Geeky nerd?
Star Wars or Star Trek?  Star Wars – slight chance I still dabble in the art of lightsabers (sound effects and all).

 What’s the best part about working at Whereoware? 

I don’t know where to start! I think it’s the brilliant and supportive minds that surround me. Whereoware has me working harder, innovating more, and thinking in different perspectives because everyone around me is so inspiring. Better yet, Whereoware gives everyone a platform to collaborate and share great ideas, allowing us to teach and learn from each other. The learning opportunities are endless, and the support is strong. Not to mention, Whereoware provides a very fun work environment.

Behind the Glasses – Jack Hisky

Each month, we’ll be interviewing one of our fab employees here at Whereoware. For August, we get to know Jack Hisky, our Help Desk Support Specialist, a little better.

WHO:

What’s your name?  John E. Hisky (Jack)
Job title:  Help Desk Support Specialist

BACKGROUND:

Favorite food:   There isn’t much I won’t try! Italian, Hispanic, and Chinese food are at the top of my list.
Hidden talents:   I coach ice hockey at the youth and high school levels. I also enjoy chess, ping-pong, writing code, playing video games, and reading books and articles about technology, sports psychology, finance, politics, and data analytics.
If there were a movie of my life, I’d be played by:  Dave Franco – my girlfriend tells me I look just like him!
One item you would bring with you to a desert island and why: It’s a toss-up between my MacBook Pro and a book by Malcolm Gladwell or Robert Greene.
My earliest memory: Playing street hockey and baseball with my neighbors in Catonsville, Maryland!
In a zombie apocalypse, my weapon of choice would be: Running away? Hopefully I will never have to worry about this in real life.

NERD QUIZ:

Facebook or Twitter: Twitter.
iOS or Android:   iOS.
‘Nerd’ or ‘Geek’:   Either/or. “Computer boy” always makes me laugh too.
Star Wars or Star Trek?  Star Wars.

What’s the best part about working at Whereoware? 

The fun work environment, sense of comradery, and team are second to none. Not only do we all work hard for the company, but we also push each other to succeed and improve in our roles. Since my first day, I’ve felt like I was part of something bigger than myself.

Behind the Glasses – Jenna

Each month, we’ll be interviewing one of our fab employees here at Whereoware. For July, we get to know Jenna Tea, our Mobile Apps Project Coordinator, a little better.

WHO:

What’s your name?  Jenna Tea
Job title:  Mobile Apps Project Coordinator

BACKGROUND:

Favorite food: Snacks
Hidden talents: Organizing groups of people trying to decide where to eat
If there were a movie of my life, I’d be played by: Natalie Portman
One item you would bring with you to a desert island and why: A margarita machine, so I could make friends with the locals
In a zombie apocalypse, my weapon of choice would be: Dragon glass

NERD QUIZ: 

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
iOS or Android: iOS
‘Nerd’ or ‘Geek’: Geek
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars

What’s the best part about working at Whereoware?

The learning and growth opportunities! Not only does the company provide many opportunities through its innovation, but the people at Whereoware are really willing to help each other succeed.

Behind the Glasses – Erin

Each month, we interview one of our awesome Whereoware employees. For June, we get to know Erin Alemdar, our Digital Marketing Manager, a little better.

Erin-Alemdar

WHO:

What’s your name? Erin Alemdar (fun fact: no middle name)
Job title: Digital Marketing Manager

BACKGROUND:

Favorite food: Anything Spicy
Hidden talents: Finding the bright side / silver lining
If there were a movie of my life, I’d be played by: A cartoon version of myself
One item you would bring with you to a desert island and why: A boat to get me back to the mainland

NERD QUIZ:

Facebook or Twitter: Instagram
iOS or Android: iOS
‘Nerd’ or ‘Geek’: Nerd
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars

What’s the best part about working at Whereoware?

Being around people who get just as nerd-ily excited as I do about tech and marketing. There’s also a really robust learning environment here. We’re in a rapidly changing and highly competitive field, so making training and development a priority is a must!

Behind the glasses – Nicolas

Each month, we interview one of our awesome Whereoware employees. For May, we get to know Nicolas Sam, our Junior Front End Developer, a little better.

Whereoware Junior Front End Developer Nicolas Sam

WHO:

What’s your name? Nicolas Sam
Job title: Junior Front End Developer

BACKGROUND:

Favorite food: Steak
Hidden talents: I am a classically-trained pianist.
If there were a movie of my life, I’d be played by: Will Smith.
One item you would bring with you to a desert island and why: A phone, to get off the desert island!
In a zombie apocalypse, my weapon of choice would be: A hatchet! Portable, not too heavy, easy to clean, and maintain.

NERD QUIZ:

Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
iOS or Android: Android
‘Nerd’ or ‘Geek’: Nerd
Star Wars or Star Trek? Eh. The Matrix?

What’s the best part about working at Whereoware?

Definitely the people. I feel like I have great support, and everyone wants to succeed and help others.