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Sharing Our Celebrations

We’ve been celebrating at McNeill Nakamoto recently. Our company is receiving an award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for Outstanding Small Business.

One of our thoughtful staff members thought it would be a fun idea to surprise one of our company founders with some festive decorations at our weekly staff meeting. What fun for all staff to enter the boardroom on a Monday morning and be greeted by balloons flowing across the long table.

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After the meeting, we thought…what do we do with all these balloons? Remove them, and put in our private offices, away from our visitors? Pop all the balloons? (so sad!) or share the FUN?

We chose to share the fun.

Throughout the week, we were repeatedly asked by candidates and clients about the festive balloons that were spilling over the table, and onto chairs. Our visitors seemed to like being included in our “behind the scenes”.  We like having an extended McNak family.

True to our culture here at McNak, we’re professional, but we also like to add FUN. This is what McNak is known for. We’re a different company to work with and work for in a fast-paced and competitive industry. We make time to celebrate PEOPLE, and enjoy work, which in turn, translates to WOW experiences for candidates and clients.

It’s the McNak way.

 

 

 

Take the time to say thank you.

It’s pretty simple. Just two words.light-sign-typography-lighting

Thank you.

And we fail to realize how much of a difference it can make to take the time to say thank you to our friends, family, and to our colleagues.

In the typical workplace, we work in teams. When we are collaborating with our fellow teammates, we help each other along to achieve a common goal. We need to remember to take the time to say thank you.

I was reminded of this simple concept in a blog post I read yesterday entitled Did You Say Thank You Today?

Gratitude goes a long way.

If someone has assisted you with a project, and their contribution and time meant a difference to you, take the time to thank them graciously. Even better, and this may feel awkward at first, make eye contact when saying thanks. It will be sincere. If you didn’t get a chance to thank them in person, put it in writing and make sure to send a quick email of thanks.

The best recognition you can give a colleague to thank them for their contribution, is to do so in front of their peers, at a team meeting for example.  At the weekly staff meeting in our office, we have a chance to recognize our colleagues’ efforts from the previous week; our appreciation is rewarded with a ‘kudos’.

Take the time to say thank you.

Earth Day

Every year on April 22, more than a billion people across the globe celebrate Earth Day.pexels-photo-346885 earth day

Earth Day gives us the opportunity to come together to share awareness of what we can do to maintain a healthy environment on our planet. We believe we’re pretty good about recycling and being energy efficient in our homes, but what about our workplaces?

Here are some easy practices that can be put in place at the office:

  1. Use less paper. Do you really need to print that email? At least print double sided if you have to.
  2. Turn off the lights. As the days get longer, allow the natural light from the windows to brighten your workspace
  3. Watch that thermostat. Keep the office at a comfortable temperature. Wear layers instead of adjusting the thermostat.
  4. Stock the staff kitchen with reusable cutlery, glasses, dishes, cups. Have well marked recycling bins for food waste, plastics, paper etc.
  5. Buy energy efficient equipment. Laptops use less energy than desktops. Use sleep or standby mode when not in use. Turn off your computer at end of the day, and especially for the weekend.
  6. Walk, bike, or take public transportation to work. If your position allows for it, occasionally telecommute.
  7. Donate used electronic equipment to charities.

If we can all make adjustments, we can contribute to a healthy planet.

Happy Earth Day!

 

 

 

Bike to Work Week

screen_shot_2016-03-31_at_4.04.33_pmIt is Bike to Work Week in many North American cities including Vancouver during the week of May 30-June 5.

Not only is cycling a healthy and an environmentally-friendly commuting option, you can also enjoy some of the Celebration Stations during the week. For a map and more details of locations of the stations in Vancouver go to  HUB’s Bike to Work Week website.  Enjoy free treats, free basic bike repairs, maps, prize draws and more.

In recent years, workplaces have accommodated their employees with biking to work with access to a secure bike rooms, showers, etc.  Perhaps this is something that your workplace has already embraced.

5 Reasons to Sign up for HUB Bike to Work Week – May 30 – June 5, 2016

1. You’ll Feel Great – Get healthier without even noticing it!

2. The Prizes. With over $20,000 in prizes, including a trip for 2 to Amsterdam and 5 new bikes, why wouldn’t you sign up?

3. Get Places Faster. Don’t believe it? Try it out.

4. Save Cash. Don’t you want extra money to spend on things other than transportation?

5. It’s More Fun. Try it and you’ll agree! Plus there’ll be free food, snacks, coffee and bike repairs at over 60 Celebration Stations throughout the week.

Register FREE Today at bikehub.ca

@WeAreHUB T @WeAreHUB #BTWW 

 

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9th annual GrapeJuice Wine Auction

bcb_graphicJoin founding sponsors  McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group and MAC Marketing Solutions and Co–Chair Pivotal Projects for the 9th annual GrapeJuice Wine Auction for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

“GrapeJuice” is the social wine event and auction tailored for wine aficionados both casual and serious. And most importantly, it’s all for a great cause – Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.

Once again, GrapeJuice will be a terrific, fun, after work function – it will take place on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver between 5:30 and 8:30 pm.Tickets are $100 (a tax receipt is available for a portion of the ticket price) and attendees will be able to sample top wines from both BC and around the world, and bid on a wide selection of wines. If you are a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy wine and a great social event, then this event will certainly appeal to you!

This event has been known to sell out.  Purchase tickets here. For information on how to donate wine or contribute to Grape Juice contact Jessica Rozitis.

www.grapejuicevancouver.com
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Cheers!

Top McNak blog posts of 2015

‘Tis the season for reflection, so in that spirit, here is a quick snapshot of our most read blog articles for 2015:

Having a resume that gets noticed…Resume Do’s and Don’ts

Giving back to our community is a big part of our soul…GrapeJuice Raises $80,000 for Big Sisters

A job search story from one of our top recruiters, Emily McNamara… The Search Continues…

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Thank you all for taking the time to read, comment and share our articles on the McNak blog.  Happy New Year!

Bike to Work Week

12210013533_d9014938dd_oIt is Bike to Work Week in many North American cities including Vancouver during the week of May 25-31.

Not only is cycling a healthy and an environmentally-friendly commuting option, you can also enjoy some of the Celebration Stations during the week. For a map and more details of locations of the stations in Vancouver go to  HUB’s Bike to Work Week website.  Enjoy free refreshments, prizes, bike tune ups on bike routes during the whole week.

More and more,  workplaces have accommodated their employees with biking to work with access to a secure bike rooms, showers, etc.  Perhaps this is something that your workplace has already embraced.

So, put on your helmet, have fun, and stay safe out there!

HUB Bike to Work Week Tips – May 25-31, 2015

1. Plan Your Route Ahead of Time. Take bike routes, whenever possible.

2. Use a U-Lock, not a Cable Lock. Watch our ‘No More Bike Theft Video’ for more bike locking tips.

3. Use a Basket, Pannier or Backpack to carry your stuffLights and a rain coat (just in case!) are also a good idea.

4. Wear Your Regular Clothes. Ride at a leisurely pace and you will still look great upon arrival.

5. Take your Time and Enjoy the Ride! Metro Vancouver is a beautiful place – enjoy it.

Register FREE Today at bikehub.ca

photo: bikehub.ca

8th annual GrapeJuice Wine Auction

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Join founding sponsors  McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group and MAC Marketing Solutions for the 8th annual GrapeJuice Wine Auction for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.“GrapeJuice” is the social wine event and auction tailored for wine aficionados both casual and serious. And most importantly, it’s all for a great cause – Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland…Once again, GrapeJuice will be a terrific, fun, after work function – it will take place on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at Audi Downtown Vancouver between 5:30 and 8:30 pm.Tickets are $100 (a tax receipt is available for a portion of the ticket price) and attendees will be able to sample top wines from both BC and around the world, and bid on a wide selection of wines. If you are a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy wine and a great social event, then this event will certainly appeal to you!

This event has been known to sell out.  Purchase tickets here. For information on how to donate wine or contribute to Grape Juice contact Jessica Rozitis.

www.grapejuicevancouver.com
Like GrapeJuice on Facebook
Follow GrapeJuice on Twitter
Follow GrapeJuice on Instagram

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See you Thursday March 5th at Audi Downtown Vancouver!!!

Cheers!

8th Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting

McNeill Nakamoto has been a proud supporter of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland for many years. Another supporter of this deserving charity is Marquis Wine Cellars.

On Saturday, November 22, join Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland at Marquis Wine Cellars for their 8th Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting. All proceeds raised at the tasting will go to Big Sisters. See details in the video below.

Without our attachment to community and, in particular, offering brighter futures for young people, McNeill Nakamoto would be missing such a key piece of our corporate soul. Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is McNeill Nakamoto’s primary philanthropy and active focus. And we’re happy that our friends at Marquis Wine Cellars feel the same way.

 

 

Bike to Work Week

 

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It is Bike to Work Week in many North American cities including Vancouver next week.

HUB Bike to Work Week hits Vancouver from May 26 to June 1, 2014, and registration and preparations are well underway for an energizing event week.

HUB’s Executive Director, Erin O’Melinn, says, “Biking to work provides regular doses of exercise that can give you more energy, productivity and concentration at work. It also gives you extra spending money you saved from not paying for gas and parking.”

Not only is cycling a healthy and an environmentally-friendly commuting option, you can also enjoy some of the commuter station locations during the week while commuting on two wheels. For a map and more details of locations of the stations in Vancouver go to  HUB’s Bike to Work Week website.  Enjoy free refreshments, prizes, bike tune ups on bike routes during the whole week.

More and more,  workplaces have accommodated their employees with biking to work with access to a secure bike rooms, showers, etc.  Perhaps this is something that your workplace has already embraced.

So, put on your helmet, have fun, and stay safe out there!