DAXKO TMD: How to be Secure in an Unsecure (& scary) World

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If you haven’t tuned in or heard before, at Daxko we hold a monthly TMD (Team Member Development) series where we have different speakers or watch helpful videos on developing and improving our careers. For this month, Steve K. did a great job helping us all become “Security Heroes”.

Steve K. did a great job sharing some alarming security stats in the tech industry. Did you know that there are 350,000 new viruses created everyday in 2015? Security is a large threat, and it’s important to know some basics to keep your information safe. Here are 10 tips that Steve shared with us to make you a “Security Hero”.

  • Keep your password safe. Long and convoluted
  • Do not open email attachments that are sent from suspicious sender or do not look like a real email
  • Keep your laptop secure after hours and not exposed on your desk or in your car
  • You control what you choose to click
  • Enforce and test
  • Using public wifi with a company laptop can be dangerous
  • Keep sensitive and confidential documents and files stored securely in dropbox
  • Pay attention to the behavior of your computer so you can recognize when something is wrong
  • Do not give out sensitive info over the phone if you do not know the caller
  • Do not copy data to an insecure device such as thumb drivers

Congratulations, you are now a Security Hero!

DAXKO TMD: A COMPANY of CARING & COMPASSION-WHY INCLUSION MATTERS

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If you haven’t tuned in or heard before, at Daxko we hold a monthly TMD (Team Member Development) series where we have different speakers or watch helpful videos on developing and improving our careers. This month our team member Becki I. spoke to us about the importance of creating a Company of Caring and Compassion-Why Inclusion Matters.

Becki began by telling her and her lovely son, Gabe’s story. This was a great transition into the considerations and suggestions Becki gave below.

  • Mobility: There are 30.6 million people in the United States that have a cognitive or physical disability. Of those, 19.9 million require a caregiver for basic needs. Be educated and aware of these numbers.
  • Facility: This particular YMCA is on the forefront of building a facility with the idea of “Universal Design” that includes everyone in the building and design of a facility.
  • Money: As Becki mentioned, this is a tough one to discuss. But it’s a reality. On average, those with disabilities make $1,960/month compared to $2,700/month for those who don’t have a disability. This can be difficult to balance given the cost of medical care and treatment.
  • Community: Community should act as a support system. You need people to survive. Don’t be afraid to have a conservation with those that have disabilities. Becki gave a great example/conversation starter. Simply asking what their story is can go a long way.
  • Inclusion: A great example of this is the “Miracle League” facilitated by the YMCA of Greater Houston. Watch more about this here.

Some things you can do today?

Becki also set up a great, simple, actionable exercise for everyone to participate in during the TMD. Take a post-it note of one color and write down some reflections about what you learned. On another color post-it note write down one commitment you’ll make that is caring and compassionate to someone with a disability. We encourage you to try the same and write down one way you would do the same. What will you do today?

 

DAXKO TMD: BALANCING CAREER & CARING

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If you haven’t tuned in or heard before, at Daxko we hold a monthly TMD (Team Member Development) series where have different speakers or watch helpful videos on developing and improving our careers. This month team members gathered to watch a video presentation by Ann-Marie Slaughter focused on balance career and caring in our lives.

April B. opened the door to discussions about ideas around creating the balance of career and caring.  Here are some thoughts and ideas discussed in the video and afterwards by team members that the awesome Deeanna S. captured for all of us:

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Flexible Workplace: Work from home, go home when necessary. The issue isn’t flexibility, but that there is a stigma associated with taking advantage of flexibility.
Customizable Workplace: Why can’t we think of a customized workplace? Sit down with someone and customize what you want your career path to be.
Collaborative Workplace: Care enough to ask what is going on in other people’s lives; trust makes people tell you what is going on, makes them willing to collaborate.
Creative Workplace: Creativity does not happen if you’re “on” 24/7. Creative people need down time.
Productive Workplace:  “Results Only Work Environment” (ROWE) – you can work wherever, whenever, as long as your produce specific results. Countries that invest in their people are more successful as a whole.

These values and approaches are something we identify with at Daxko. Creating a culture focused on people and outcomes really helps us enjoy what we do here.

Also, here’s a link provided by April B. that goes deeper into what Ann-Marie Slaughter discusses as well as a video towards the bottom.

 

DAXKO TMD: BIRMINGHAM YMCA CEO, STAN LAW

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If you haven’t tuned in or heard before, at Daxko we hold a monthly TMD (Team Member Development) series where have different speakers, both internally and externally come and speak to us on a range of topics. This month we invited Stan Law, the CEO of the YMCA of Birmingham.

This was especially a treat for us since the YMCA of Birmingham is also a customer of ours. Stan gave a unique customer perspective to our audience. He did a great job of explaining how far the YMCA of Birmingham has come over the past few years, and was clear about what where their efforts are focused. Here is some of what Stan touched on:

  • Cause driven initiatives to focus on
    • Education
    • Health
    • Membership

Stan did a great job of articulating the impact that the Y is trying make, and the various efforts that they have around that. At Daxko, we are very customer-centric. Whether you are in customer success, product, engineering, or implementation, understanding the needs of our customers is at the forefront.  This TMD gave us a deeper perspective on what our customers are trying to achieve and how we can help them achieve those outcomes.