How is Your Business Acumen?

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How many times do you see an HR practitioner and a manager sitting and discussing things?  What do you think when you see those two go into a room?  Good or bad?

I challenge all professionals to change that perception.

One of the competencies that the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) is basing its certification model is Business Acumen.  Immediately, people think how the business works, what terminology and processes are in different departments and the effects of different decisions.  Yes, but I challenge you to start looking at and learning this competency differently.

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Two team members pictured above are discussing how to utilize the competencies and processes of different areas in the business to make our training and our efforts more effective.  In this instance, Kim and JB are discussing the sales process and closing a deal.  This is so applicable in Daxko’s People team realm of recruiting because we are seeking the best talent in a tight technology market.  Attracting and successfully recruiting the best requires the skill of sales.  From the opening pitch to closing the deal or getting the offer letter signed.

Daxko are not naïve to believe we are the only company going after the best and top talent.  But how can the Daxko brand win over others if the candidate doesn’t know about it or is not open to hearing it?

Here are some additional examples of incorporating other team’s processes into the HR realm:

  • The People team adoption the Agile project management methodology.
  • The People team has talked to the Professional Services team to implement some concepts to train our team member and assess knowledge gained or how to best train team members on a new ADP software feature.
  • The People team lead is part of the regularly schedule Agile coaches meeting.
  • The People team works closely with marketing to identify methods of branding and search engine optimization (SEO) to ensure that Daxko jobs are being seen by the most people.
  • The Talent Acquisition Specialist sat with marketing to learn how to read Google analytics for the Daxko career site.

We believe that learning, not just about the business but how the each department operates within the business (People team) better able apply those concepts and competencies in understanding the overall nature of the business and industry.  These are things that will develop us professionally and are not only applicable at Daxko.

Life’s Lessons

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Growing up, I was the baby of the family for many years.  So when I got sick or hurt, I had many people take great care of me and check on me.  (No, I am not spoiled!)

One time I had my wisdom teeth taken out, like 3 at once.  If you have ever had this procedure done then you know the pain associated with recovery.  My step mother called me to check on me and I was crying.  She said something that I remember to this day, “The more you cry the more it is going to hurt.” Ok, not a big eureka moment but basically the more you tense up the more you will feel the pain.

Why is this important?

I have actually taken this and applied it to my entire life.  I have realized that when I get the flu shot, it doesn’t hurt as much if I don’t tense up my muscles.  So I look away from the needle and take deep breaths.  When I am upset or frustrated about something, it is very hard if not nearly impossible for me to come up with a good resolution in that mind set. Typically in those situations I walk away, listen to music or do something that will take my mind away and try not to think about it.

My VP/mentor Dawn, has told me many times and suggested to team leads when dealing with consultation of team member relations to sleep on it.  Sleep on it.  Sometimes after take some time away from the situation and coming back with a clear mind is best for everyone.

Of course there are times where an immediate decision is needed and as I grow professionally I am more able to make those calls. Fewer things tend to bother me emotionally that I have to “walk away” from.

One thing that we have agreed to on the People team is to tell each other when to “take a walk”. What this means is a team member can see when the other is stressed or frustrated and it is showing externally.  When that happens, we simply HipChat the other “Take a walk”. Or we ask does anyone want to take a walk with me and maybe nudge that particular person a little more than others.

Bottom line, take time to distress, calm down or get your bearing before charging forward with emotion.  This will work out best for everyone.

Concetta L. is a bean counter turned social butterfly. She loves to laugh, sing, dance and sleep. Just trying to figure out how to do it all at once.

Life On Sabbatical

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Just in case you didn’t know, I have been on my sabbatical, a Daxko benefit.  This benefit is available to full-time team members every 7 years of service.  The team member will receive 4 weeks paid time off in addition to the normally allocated PTO for the year.  The only rules to this benefit are:

  • No interaction with work related things…at all,
  • You have to take the 4 weeks consecutively,
  • And, you have to take the time off within 12 months of your 7 increment year anniversary.


Pretty sweet huh?! I think so.

Many people have asked what I did while I was on sabbatical? Did I enjoy it? How did I feel coming back? Well, here are my answers.

I loved being on sabbatical.  It really makes a difference to have multiple weeks off and being forced to not check on anything related to work.  This is a challenge not because Daxko makes me work or check in at all times of day, but it is just my nature.  Technology has made it easy to check email, instant message someone or anything else to get an update.  I use the excuse of wanted to stay up to date on everything, but I guess I am just addicted to Daxko.

Some days I had to make myself do nothing and just lounge.  This is weird for me because I usually like to keep moving and stay busy. I really enjoyed having the time off with my husband and kids during the holiday season.  I was able to do crafts and cook goodies with my kids that normally we may get home too late to do during the week.  Though I will admit, I only had dinner ready when hubby walked in the door once.  (I am convinced that I am not made to be an at home mom. It takes a special person to do that.)

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I got a “new” or remodeled kitchen and was able to organize things around the house and pinterest some décor ideas.  After a while my husband said that I needed to go back to work. “Not because of the ideas, but because you actually have time to act on your ideas.”

I gave him a heavy duty drill for Christmas. (wink, wink)

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My appetite for reading was reignited.  Now I am determined to keep it going. My goal is to read fictional on the weekends but developmental/non-fictional during the week. I finished the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy this past weekend. I am currently reading Achieving HR Excellence through Six Sigma.

Last but not least, my sabbatical really made me appreciate Daxko for offering this benefit.  This benefit is biblical in a sense.  Read Exodus 23:10-11. Here it talks about resting and allowing for recovery.  Daxko allowed me a time to relax, recover and rejuvenate for my benefit. Thanks Daxko!

Bring it on 2015!

Concetta L. is a bean counter turned social butterfly. She loves to laugh, sing, dance and sleep. Just trying to figure out how to do it all at once.

Daxko Nation Spotlight on Community: Lisa H.

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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!

Lisa H., Director of Go-to-Market Strategy

Tell us about some of the things you do when you’re not at work.

Outside of spending time with my family and friends, I’m also actively involved with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Founded in 1883, GBHS is the largest and oldest humane society in Alabama. The mission is simple, yet powerful: “To promote respect of life through education and prevention of cruelty to animals and people.” The GBHS helps to find owner-surrendered pets new homes at its Adoption Center and also educates the public through its many programs and services.

I started first as a volunteer in 2006 and quickly adopted my first furry child, Gracie. When the economy took a turn for the worst a few years later, I became actively involved in their Pet Pantry program. Pet owners who were experiencing short term financial hardship could receive free pet food so that their pets could remain a part of their family. A few years after that, we adopted our second furry child, Memphis from the GBHS. Soon after that, I was recruited to join to the Board of Directors and have been serving since 2010. Most recently, I’ve been heading up the Development Committee to help ensure our fundraising is on track to support our mission.


If you had to choose three words to describe these volunteer activities what would they be?

Eye-opening, rewarding, challenging.

I say this because I’ve learned so much about animal welfare during my involvement the GBHS and see so many ways that we can help provide a better life for people and pets in our community. I’d love to just snap my fingers and have all homeless pets in our area have a safe and loving home. Good work is never easy, but it’s so worth it!