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Thanksgiving Week has always personally been my favorite time of the year. To kick the week off right, I wanted share what our entire staff is thankful for in 2021.
Last week, I sent our employees a 1 question anonymous survey: What are you thankful for? They could answer it however they want. As expected, it received a lot of great responses. The answers covered 3 central themes.
Teamwork makes the Dream Work
I’ve worked for 23 different companies, and have experienced of a wide variety of workplace cultures and management styles. However, I have never witnessed a workplace culture where people sincerely care about one another the way we do at Lyon Software. In my opinion, it is the most unique aspect of our company.
More than just working well together, we genuinely value each other as people first, co-workers second. Many of us have developed friendships with each other outside of the office.
Here is what our staff had to say about our culture:
- I am thankful for the ongoing opportunity to professionally learn and grow with the best team I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I’m also thankful this same team is equally supportive of the pursuits I follow beyond the confines of our shared workdays!
- I’m thankful for the continuity of our team. The same staff has been here for my entire tenure (almost 5 years), and we continue to grow together. Additionally, I’m thankful that working within our strengths in encouraged – it’s allowed me to grow creatively.
- We have a wonderful team to work with: no drama, no fighting, and always reliable – I love this!
- I am thankful for the family I have at Lyon Software. Everyone is kind and supportive of one and other. My Lyon Software family makes me feel valued because they listen and genuinely care.
Technology is Amazing
Nobody realized just how valuable technology would become for our work until March 12, 2020. That is the day we began working from home.
We are all so grateful that as a company, every person in our office was able to make a smooth transition to working from home. It could be argued that our communication and productivity has actually improved since beginning to work from home.
Here is what our staff said about technology:
- I’m thankful that we can still provide service to clients that meets their needs without interruption, even during a pandemic.
- I’m thankful for web cameras that keep us connected and allow us to see each other’s smiles.
- I’m thankful for the technology that provides me with the ability to see the prospects I work with and talk to them as if we were in the same room.
We Truly Care for our Clients
We wouldn’t be here without all of the wonderful people from client hospitals and senior living facilities that we get to work with every day. We all love that we have developed great business relationships with so many of our clients, regardless of whether they have been with their organization for 30 years or 30 days.
Here is what our staff said about working with our clients:
- I’m thankful that our clients are excited about our newest version of CBISA.
- I’m thankful that our clients are always wanting to improve their community benefit work.
- I’m thankful that we continue to gain new clients and grow those relationships.
- I’m thankful for the opportunity to become friends (outside of business) with so many of our clients.
What would you add to the list?
Comment your thoughts below.
Next month is international Campus Sustainability month. Throughout October, colleges and universities will be organizing events to bring awareness to sustainability issues, with the hopes of inspiring students and faculty to be more environmentally conscious and encourage generational change.
Whether you’re on campus or not, if you are in charge of a sustainability program, there are four critical areas that you need to address in order to ensure it has significant long-term success. Thinking back to my university days, these four attributes of their recycling program have stuck with me for over 20 years, even though I wasn’t directly involved in any campus sustainability groups.
Make it Cool
I arrived in McDonald Hall as a freshman at Bowling Green State University (Go Falcons!) in August of 1997. One of the first things I noticed in those few days before classes began were all the recycling containers. It was a huge transition from high school, where recycling wasn’t nearly as top of mind.
What makes the BGSU recycling program memorable for me is that they attached a slogan with a double-meaning to it. BGSU Can Recycle was a creative play on words. Yes, it was obviously an initiative for students to recycle their pop cans. More importantly, it was also a proclamation to everyone associated with BGSU. Bowling Green was committed to doing a better job of recycling and being environmentally conscious. Their motto let everyone on campus know that we all had a part to play.
Make it Convenient
If you’re trying to change the habits of people in your organization or neighborhood, removing as many barriers as possible is crucial. Bowling Green consistently did a great job of this.
Recycling containers weren’t just in dining halls. They were everywhere. If you were walking from the Student Union to Jerome Library, you passed one in the center of campus. If you were farther away, like at the Rec Center, a recycling center was there too. BGSU made it very easy for students to recycle, and we responded accordingly.
Even at massive events like the annual back-to-school campus cookout, recycling containers were prevalent. Yet, if you walked by University Hall even 15 minutes afterward, you would never know that thousands of hungry college students just had lunch, all spread out across the lawn. Keeping the campus clean was important to everyone, so we all did our part.
Make it a Challenge
Nobody likes a problem, but everyone loves a good challenge. I heard Tony Robbins say that once, and it really stuck with me.
When I was a student, BGSU was great at promoting challenges for various causes. These were highlighted at football and basketball games, where Greek houses and residence halls were always highly visible and usually competing for some cause.
Friendly competition gets people involved. More than just saying “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, find a way to put a competitive spin on your program. You’ll be surprised at the results you can achieve through fun competition.
Make it the Culture
As a student, I was always very impressed that Greek houses and residence halls were at the forefront of every large campus-wide initiative. Whether it was Dance Marathon, environmental causes, or special one-day events, they were instrumental in promoting to the rest of campus. Your organization can operate similarly.
Find the influencers in your organization and get them on board with your sustainability initiatives. It only takes a few people taking consistent action to improve the culture and spread positive change.
Times Have Changed
In my research, I found that BGSU Can Recycle was retired quite a while ago. To be honest, I’m not sure if that was ever an official slogan, but it was everywhere on campus and obviously had a lasting impression on me. I’m a very thorough and consistent recycler now, and that likely took shape during my years at BGSU.
You can find more about the Going Green at Bowling Green initiatives (started in 2008) by visiting their Office of Campus Sustainability.
As 2019 comes to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the many hospitals who received awards at this year’s Practice Greenhealth Awards ceremony. The annual event takes place at the CleanMed Conference in May. Many of our clients who are members of the Catholic Health Association received an award for their work in environmentally sustainable practices.
Congratulations to Our Clients
This year, nearly 3 dozen Catholic Health Association members received honors from Practice Greenhealth. These awards are given in recognition of a hospital’s work in improving their environmental footprint.
Congratulations to both the California Hospital Medical Center (Dignity Health) and Providence St. Patrick Hospital (Providence St. Joseph Health) for receiving the Greenhealth Emerald Award. According to Practice Greenhealth, “this award recognizes health care facilities that are setting the standard in eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling waste, and using sustainable sourcing. Hospitals that win this award have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and have shown leadership in the local community and health care sector.”
Additionally, several of our clients received the Partner for Change award. This is given to hospitals that are changing their practices to become more sustainable, and have achieved measurable progress in a variety of sustainability-related areas. Congratulations to our many clients who received this award at this year’s CleanMed event in Nashville:
- Ascension – St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital (Indianapolis, IN)
- Bon Secours Mercy Health – Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (Ashland, KY)
- Dignity Health (multiple locations)
- Hospital Sisters Health System (multiple locations)
- Providence St. Joseph Health (multiple locations)
- St. Cloud Hospital (St. Cloud, MN)
- TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati, OH)
We wish everyone a prosperous 2020. and hope you all continue doing great work to advance community benefit and sustainability.
When it comes to shopping, we all want to purchase a great product at the best possible price, right? Recently, I’ve discovered that one of the best ways to do this is to spend a few hours on Saturday morning shopping your local community garage sale.
Last weekend, my wife and I attended West Toledo’s Library Village Garage Sale, which is about 15 minutes from where we live. Shopping neighborhood garage sales can be a fun and rewarding hobby where you can score some great deals. Besides that, a community sale also offers 3 unique benefits to the host neighborhood.
Get to know other people in your neighborhood
Garage sales are one of the best ways to get to know neighbors that you otherwise would never meet. I mean, where else can you come onto a stranger’s lawn, go through their old stuff, have a conversation, and offer to buy at 90% less than retail value?
However, the benefits of these sales is not only in the buying and selling. Garage sales bring people together in a fun and festive atmosphere. For instance, last weekend there were people grilling hot dogs and selling tamales at the check-out lines. One guy was even selling corn as he rode his bicycle! As you know, the better you get to know your neighbors, the more tight-knit and healthy a community can become.
Second-hand shopping is good for the planet
Community-wide garage sales continue to grow in popularity because they are a win for the seller, buyer, and environment. For the seller, they are an opportunity to get cash for your items, and you’re guaranteed to have a lot of traffic throughout the day. As for the buyer, there is a much higher ROI to shop a neighborhood that has 80 sales within a one-mile area than to drive up and down random streets looking for a deal.
Perhaps the biggest win goes to Planet Earth, though. According to a 2013 infographic published by signs.com, there are on average 165,000 garage sales held in the United States every week. Furthermore, roughly 690,000 weekly shoppers make purchases while attending these sales. That’s a lot of merchandise that finds a second home and is spared a potential trip to the landfill. Can you imagine what 690,000 items per week would look like in one year?
Everyone who participates will likely profit
There are three main reasons why garage sales are such a great local profit opportunity. Of course, you already know that the seller profits when an item sells, and the buyer profits by paying far less than retail value. So, what is another way a community garage sale might be profitable?
Looking at our infographic above, the average profit margin of garage sale items that are later resold on eBay is 462%. Many people, myself included, are turning the idea of shopping at community garage sales into a fun side business. This is a great way to learn about various markets and earn a profit at the same time.
Me checking prices on eBay during the sale.
What neighborhood will you shop in this weekend?
Shopping at garage sales is the ultimate participation activity for being environmentally sustainable while simultaneously benefitting your local community. You never know what hidden treasures you’ll come across that someone is practically giving away!
This Saturday should be one of the best of the year for getting out and scoring some bargains. That’s because the second Saturday in August is National Garage Sale Day in the US. If you’re ready to get involved, you can use these three links to find a community sale in your neighborhood.
By the way, if you do go out this weekend, be sure to let me know about your best deals in the comments below.