Three Best Things to Happen at the TrackFive Holiday Party

Have you ever had one of those warm, content feelings in the pit of your stomach as you realize you are exactly where you are meant to be? This is the best way I can think of to describe the TrackFive holiday party. Although we have different company events throughout the year, this is by far the highlight – even for those who aren’t crazy about the holiday season. The team gets dressed up and goes to a fully catered event at a classy restaurant. We get to share food, drinks, gifts, and so much laughter. We forget about the grind of work and just relax and enjoy the unique group of people that we work with. Everyone brings their significant other too, which really opens the door to us bonding on a more personal level. As the company grows, somehow this event remains a cozy, intimate evening in the heart of downtown Lancaster.

Top Highlights of the TrackFive Holiday Party

This year was extra special. Check out the top highlights of the 2018 TrackFive holiday party!

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1. Our Florida team came to visit

The holiday party is one of the few times in the year that our entire company is together. We make the people who work in Florida fly up here and suffer in the cold with us. Having them in the office all day, and then being able to spend casual time with them in the evening at the party really helps create unity. When you have two offices so far apart, it is really challenging to make sure the same company culture exists in both places. It’s also hard to feel like one solid team. Times like this, when we can all be together, are vital to overcoming those challenges. We have teams who are communicating and working together daily, yet have never met face to face. It’s always fun to meet those people in person. And what better way than to bond over great food, drinks, and the spontaneous karaoke after party?

2. We’re getting new benefits

The second-best thing that happened during the holiday part is that we finally got to hear about the big changes coming to our benefits in 2019. Our president revealed our new benefits to us at the holiday party. We’ve known for a long time that this was in the works, and by some miracle, it was kept a secret until the night of the party. This made the event really exciting. Although we already have some of the best benefits around, like our health insurance paid for in-full, TrackFive is adding a really cool new feature to the benefit plan. We have something like an ala-cart package deal, where you can pick from a selection of benefits up to a certain value. Some of our options are student loan or wellness reimbursement, and even a few unique ones like pet insurance! We have lots of pet lovers here at TrackFive, so this is a pretty cool idea.

3. SPOILER ALERT: We’re rebranding!

The most exciting part of the entire night was that we are rebranding! A challenge we run into a lot as a company is finding an efficient and clear way to explain what we do. For this reason, we decided it was time to rebrand and reform our message. It’s been more than 10 years since the company was founded, so it’s time for a facelift. We partnered with a local branding firm here in Lancaster, and we all got to see the new logo at the party. Sorry – we can’t show you just yet, but the rebrand will be official in the new year, so be sure to check it out then!

Want to learn more about what it’s like to work at TrackFive? Check out our current job openings!

What to Do After an Employee Review

We get great benefits to enjoy here at Track5Media, from Hershey Park trips to a stellar healthcare package to free snacks. With all of these fun perks, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important benefits we have. I’m talking about employee reviews. While many cringe at the thought of having a performance review, I find them extremely helpful. Many employers don’t take the time to help you grow in your career. However, here at Track5Media, reviews happen twice a year. While I can’t speak for everyone, during my most recent review last week, I was praised for my accomplishments as well as critiqued and given suggestions on what to work on to become a better employee. I came away from my review not feeling discouraged, but feeling excited to work on improving myself as an employee. A week later, I’m in an interesting spot. I’m deciding what to do after an employee review. Luckily below are just a few things you can do after your employee review to ensure that you’re growing as a person and an employee.

What to Do After an Employee Review

Don’t Forget the Good Stuff!

One of the biggest issues that an employee will have is failing to acknowledge the good stuff that they heard in his or her review. If you haven’t done anything good during your time working for that company, it’s safe to say that you probably wouldn’t have made it to an employee review. Some employees have selective hearing, and will immediately brush aside any positive aspect of the review. Instead, they will focus on only the negative, which is detrimental in the long run. When you’re deciding what to do after an employee review, know that your remembering your strengths is just as important as fixing your weaknesses. These strengths show exactly why you’re a vital part of the company.

Reflect First

It can be easy to have a knee-jerk reaction after having a performance review, especially if it was bad. If you’re unsure about what to do after an employee review, one of the best things you can do is to sit down and reflect. It’s tempting to get angry or defensive, especially if you’re accustomed to positive reviews. However, this won’t do much good. Instead, take some time to think about where your manager or boss is coming from before you react too harshly.

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Have a Plan

It’s one thing to vow that you’ll improve your performance before your next review, but it’s another to actually implement a plan to do it. If you want to know what to do after an employee review, start forming a plan of attack. Having a plan is a critical part of achieving any goal. Think of it this way: If you want to lose weight, you don’t just announce it to the world and expect the pounds to start falling off. The purpose of feedback is to help you improve your job, and that requires a detailed plan of action. That may involve learning new skills, reprioritizing your tasks, or reevaluating how you come across to colleagues. Creating a plan of action will not only help you improve as an employee, but it shows your manager that you’re willing to put in the effort.

Follow Up

After you’ve put your plan into action, it’s important that you follow up with your manager. If you’re wondering what to do after an employee review, taking time to sit with your manager and review goals is a great step to take. Check in with he or she a month after your evaluation. Let them know what you’ve been doing to rectify the situation, and ask if they think your performance is improving. Getting periodic feedback is much better than waiting until your next annual or semi-annual review only to find out that your boss still isn’t pleased. A follow-up meeting is a great way to show your manager that you really are dedicated to improving your performance.

Employee reviews should be the first step towards growing within your company. When you’re wondering what to do after an employee review, consider the suggestions provided above. As always, if you have other suggestions on making the most of employee reviews, feel free to comment below!

5 Tips For Stepping Up Your Office Lunch Game

Although my job here at Track5Media is pretty damn awesome, I’d be lying if I said that lunchtime isn’t one of the highlights of my day. As the self-appointed “lunch coordinator,” I’ve been able to explore cuisines and bring the office closer together with our savory meal decisions. Office lunch isn’t just about fueling up so you can get through the day. It should be a time to enjoy some good food and good company. Now, I won’t look down upon those who opt for the traditional packed sandwich or salad, but I do think there are ways that you can spice up your office lunch and make it one of the best parts of the day! Below are just a few ways that you can make sure you’re doing some great office lunch bonding.

Tips For Crushing Your Office Lunch

Make It a Group Thing

One of the best things about getting lunch here at Track5Media is that you’re usually not alone! If someone is feeling Chinese takeout, you can expect that you’ll have a few others looking to hop on that lunch train. If time allows it, opt to take lunch outside on a particularly nice day. Spending some time outside with your coworkers is a great way to break up a day spent in the office. We’re always open to lunch suggestions in the office, and there’s usually more than one of us trying a new place to eat! It also might be a good idea to organize a monthly lunch outing where you can all get out of the office and enjoy a nice sit-down lunch.

Keep Condiments and Silverware Handy

Luckily, we have a pretty large kitchen here in the office, so we can afford to stock up on silverware and condiments. If you’re working with a smaller space, don’t hesitate to use some of your desk drawers to stock up on condiments and spices. This way, if you find your meal needs to be refreshed or spiced up by the time you get to your lunch break, you can do so with ease. Alternatively, if you don’t pack your lunch one day and you find your lunch-break purchase is a little bland, you can kick it up a notch or two. Also, few things are more unappetizing than eating a meal out of a takeout container with a sad, flimsy plastic fork that’s likely to break as soon as you take your first bite. Keeping some silverware handy will ensure that you’re enjoying your office lunch to the fullest.

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Don’t Be Scared of Leftovers

I know some of you might groan when hearing the word “leftovers,” and believe me I still do sometimes. However, leftovers are an underrated option when it comes to crushing your office lunch. If you had something truly delicious for dinner last night, why not enjoy it again for lunch? If you don’t feel like eating the same thing for multiple days, try turning your leftovers into a new meal. Take that leftover pork loin and turn it into a pulled pork sandwich!

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Snack, But Don’t Overdo It

I hate to admit it, but this is definitely a lesson I’ve learned the hard way. The snack monster that lives on my shoulder constantly barks in my ear while I’m at work, which is why I’ve had to be mindful when it comes to snacking. I try to snack on something light, like popcorn, if I’m feeling hungry. There’s nothing worse than overeating and feeling way too stuffed while trying to get your work done for the day. I’ve found that taking small baggies of chips or mixed nuts really curb my penance for overeating.

Get Creative

Probably the contribution to the office that I’m most proud of is our “Lunch Wheel O’ Goodness.” What is this intriguing sounding piece of innovation you ask? Well, it’s a wheel that randomly chooses a place to eat for lunch. If none of us in the office have a specific hankering, we’ll let the wheel decide. It has options for our favorite places as well as some fun categories like “person with the closest birthday chooses.” There are a ton of online templates that will allow you to bring some fun to the office when getting lunch.

Lunch should be a time that you can bond with your coworkers. You spend a good amount of time with them after all, so why not make lunch a highly anticipated event. If you have other ways that you crush your office lunch, leave us a comment below!

What Does Track5Media Do?

It’s a question that I get on a monthly basis. Sometimes it’s asked over dinner from my girlfriend’s parents. Other times it’s asked after running into a friend that I haven’t (and didn’t want to) seen since high school. What does Track5Media do? For the longest time, this question sent a shiver down my spine and beads of panic-sweat would roll down my temple. It’s not because I was embarrassed about what I did for a living, or whom I worked for. In fact, I think my job is pretty damn awesome! It was simply the fact that I didn’t know how to explain what I, and more importantly, what Track5Media does. To be honest, I think this is a sign of a successful company. If someone asked you what Facebook did, what would you say? Yeah, it’s a social media company, but it’s clearly much more than that. Although it took awhile, I think below I provide a proper answer to this frequently asked question. What does Track5Media do?

What Does Track5Media Do?

We Find Problems, And then We Solve Them!

When I put it that way, it sounds simple enough, right? Well…not exactly. Initially, we try to figure out what problems we can solve with our resources. Our first brand, TravelNurseSource.com, was designed to help travel nurses link up with companies that hire travel nurses. “So it’s a job board?” Well, not exactly. We partner with dozens of companies and provide leads for potential employees. However, we’re not JUST a lead generation company either. We work closely with each of our clients to not only provide leads to potential employees, but we help them build a company profile that will attract as many potential recruits as possible. We also provide resources, infographics, and blogs to help those within the industry.

Once we got the formula right, we began expanding our Track5Media brand by creating even more websites. These include AllTruckJobs.com, AllPhysicianJobs.com, AlliedTravelCareers.com, and LocumJobsOnline.com. These were all designed similar to TravelNurseSource.com and were made to help both employers and employees in each of their respective niches. It takes a team effort to create all this awesomeness here at Track5Media, so let’s take a look at each department.

Development

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Although part of our development team works in Florida, they were all together for our 2017 holiday party!

The development team is essentially the backbone of the Track5Media squad. Without our hardworking and passionate developers, we’d have no sites! To build a website from scratch is a large undertaking, let alone five of them. We’ve also implemented lead generation software that goes unmatched as well as a responsive team that will ensure that any bugs or other issues are taken care of immediately. Their work might go unrecognized from the outside perspective, but they’re truly the engine that keeps the Track5Media train going.

Sales

Our sales team has mastered the art of answering the question “what does Track5Media do?” In fact, they know the ins and outs of our services like nobody else can. Our sales team is able to entice employers into using our services. Through demos, they’re able to show all that our websites have to offer. Without our sales team, it would be awfully hard to generate income.

Account Management

Once a client comes on board, our account management team ensures that they’re making the most of their time with us. They’ll help to set up a stellar company profile and will routinely check in to make sure they’re having success with our software. It’s their willingness to always help and provide the best for our clients that keep them coming back!

Marketing

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Learning is a big priority at Track5Media. In 2017, the marketing team attended a digital media conference in Philadelphia in order to beef up our strategy.

We can’t forget about our marketing team! This team, which I’m part of, works to get the word out about our company and provide the best content to attract new clients. We also write some awesome blogs, including one that answers the question of “what does Track5Media do?” We use everything from podcasts to video content to help promote our brands and make sure Track5Media is recognized as a company that everyone wants to work with.

Our Leader

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Of course, none of this would be possible without our fearless leader, Oliver Feakins. Oliver has turned a very small company into one of the top 5,000 fastest growing companies in the nation. His drive and dedication are contagious, and it pushed our entire team to do the best that we possibly can.

So I hope that answered the question of, “what does Track5Media do?” If this seems like a place you want to work at, feel free to check out our job openings!

“Cultural Fit”: How to Find Good Personality in Job Interviews

No matter what job an employer is hiring for, there’s one hugely important attribute that needs to be considers—-PERSONALITY. Sure, their work experience may sound perfectly on target, their resume may have blown the other applicants out of the water, and maybe they had a 4.0 GPA at an ivy-league university—but that’s not going to do your organization any good if they turn out to be unreliable and lazy (or tell god-awful sexist jokes at the water cooler) when they actually get hired.