Beth Wolfe

My 1st 30 days at Daxko

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We have started asking our recently hired team members if they wanted to contribute a post to the Culture Blog sharing their experience or thoughts after they have been with the company for about 30 days or so.  Here is one from Beth W who joined the People Team as the Talent Acquisition Specialist.

So, it is my one month Dax-versary!! Woot-woot! And it’s that old mixed bag of feelings of “I can’t believe it’s been a month already!” and “Has it only been a month?!” In light of hitting that 30-day mark, I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorite things about Daxko so far… (cue Julie Andrews).

  • My team! – I work on the People Team (you just gotta love that they don’t call it HR). I felt like part of the crew before I even started… really, we had a team lunch on the Friday before my start date! I have great leadership and peers and I know that I’m going to learn so much from all of them.
  • Family Lunch – Daxko caters in lunch every Friday for the team… there IS such a thing as FREE lunch!
  • All the caffeine you can drink! – Not only do we have some pretty fancy coffee machines (like a Keurig on steroids), but we also have two fridges stocked with sodas (with both Coke and Pepsi products!). There’s also healthy stuff like water and fresh fruit… if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • Talented people everywhere you look – Seriously, there isn’t one less than stellar person in this entire company. From our Support Rockstars, to our Marketing, Sales, and Engineering teams – everyone is top-notch around here. It makes you want to step your game up.
  • My MacBook – I just love that I had the option of choosing between a Mac and PC. Oh, and the IT support here is amazing! I’ve had a few issues with the recruiting software we use not playing nice with my Mac, but the guys in IT have found me workarounds every time. I told you everyone here is awesome!
  • The Work Environment – The work areas are all open and collaborative, which is very helpful when you’re new and have lots of questions. But there are also lots of places to get away and do some heads down work without distractions. I’m writing this post from one of our booths (yes, like a restaurant booth), but there are also stand up desks, big/small meeting rooms, etc.

It’s funny because Daxko had been on my radar of places that I’d love to work for about 5 years, so it’s a little surreal that I’m here now. And yes, it lives up to the hype… I’m a Daxko Kool-Aid drinker, and I’m going back for another cup.

 

KaylaAnn

Daxko Nation Spotlight on Community: Kayla Ann L.

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The Daxko Nation Spotlight highlights the character and varied interests of Daxko Team Members outside of the office. Check out some of the ways members of the Daxko Nation are engaging with their communities.

Please, introduce yourself!
Kayla Ann L., Support Services Associate

Tell us about some of the things you do when you’re not at work.
I actively participate in the Birmingham Girls Club. Here is a blurb of what we do!

“The Birmingham Girls Club is dedicated to providing a fun, casual network for our city’s ambitious women to grow their ideas, minds, spirits, and bodies while also giving back to this community through philanthropic efforts.”

Every single bit of that is completely true. I joined BGC four months ago in hopes of growing and developing more into who I really am. I have met some of the most interesting, smart, and fun women. They’ve helped me come out of my little “shell” so to speak. It’s also kind of cool to go to Walmart and see someone you know from the community. BGC is still a very new thing, but I’m excited to see what we can accomplish for ourselves and this community.

If you had to choose three words to describe these volunteer activities, what would they be?
Uplifting, loving, sincere — I say this because every experience that we have been a part of as a group goes towards making a direct impact on the life of at least one individual or their whole family.

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How to Make Lemonade

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They say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  OK, sounds good to try to make something good from a bad situation.  However, what they don’t tell you is HOW to make lemonade.  I guess it depends on the actual lemons that life has given you.  For the People Team at Daxko, we had a challenging 2nd quarter as we were down headcount on the team while recruiting needs were up.  So, while these “lemons” were really just some extra challenges, we still needed to figure out how to make lemonade.

Here are a few things we did that could be used whenever we get lemons in the future:

  • Good lemonade only needs lemons, sugar and water:  In our case, determining what was most important to our customers and prioritizing those needs was paramount.  We needed to make sure we were working on Important AND Urgent items first, rather than just Urgent, but not Important, or Important, but not Urgent.  While we don’t want to say “no”, sometimes we may have to say, “not yet” depending on what the highest priorities and needs are.
  • You squeeze more lemons together than alone:  During “lean” times, it is more important than ever to keep communication on teams open and honest so that areas where help is needed can be identified quickly and everyone can come together to help out.  Our People Team really lives this philosophy every day, but even more so during the more challenging times.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy the cool, sweet taste of lemonade!  On our team, that can mean when someone seems to be stressing out, offer to take a walk with them (just to get away) or even scheduling one evening a week when the whole team goes out together just to enjoy each other’s company and laugh.  Either way, it can really help to improve your spirits and add to the sweetness of your “lemonade”.

Life can have far more serious “lemons” than just a more than usual challenging time at work.  But, no matter what the lemons, it is always good to remember that you need to know what is really important, ask for help, and enjoy the journey!

Kim B. is a Talent Sherpa who thinks sleeping is an underrated activity and tops every sandwich with potato chips.