President’s Club: More than Reward, it’s a Rewarding Shared Experience

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What defines a company’s culture? Is it being allowed to bring your dog to work? Paid volunteer days? Social beer carts?

While all of these examples are benefits of working at Softchoice, a huge part of our award-winning corporate culture is our employee recognition programs. One of our biggest, Softchoice President’s Club, rewards the company’s best of the best every year with a week-long trip to an exciting destination. [Read more…]

Top 5 ‘Leading Women’ in Technology

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“Right now is a great time to be a woman in tech – but there’s not enough women in tech.”
–Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, on CNET

Whether it’s in the design or manufacture of new technologies, or providing solutions and services around the application of those technologies in the enterprise or consumer market, Marissa Mayer’s words ring true.

That’s what Softchoice’s Leading Women Initiative is all about: empowering women to become leaders in the technology industry. [Read more…]

Maximizing Potential through Strengths-Based Development

Do you remember a time when you were fulfilled at work? Where you felt like you were “in the zone” and time flew by because you were working on something that fully leveraged your skills and strengths? If you haven’t experienced this in a while (or ever), then it’s a good time to dig deep and examine what you’re great at!

Not having a clear idea of what your core strengths are or even how to best leverage them can make it impossible to effectively build and develop them throughout your career. In fact, the book The Happiness Hypothesis asserts, “Understanding your strengths and weaknesses can really help improve the fit between your strengths and your job. It also provides insight into why some parts of a job are enjoyable while others may fill you with dread.”

At Softchoice helping employees better understand and develop their strengths is a core element in leadership development. In fact, Morepheus – one of Softchoice’s employee development programs for high-potential employees – has a particular component that helps them better understand their strengths and weakness so that they can further develop themselves and their leadership skills!

Program graduate Kara Ferdoussi shares what the program is all about and why learning more about herself is helping her in her role as HR Supervisor. [Read more…]

First steps to building an office green team

The Green Team is one of the leadership development programs available at Softchoice. It started as a grass roots effort in 2007, and to this day involves employees from across the organization to work on green ideas. The Green Team is not only a great way to focus our energy, it also provides unique opportunities for employees to flex their leadership muscles and guide the strategy. The Green Team’s mandate is to reduce the impact of our business operations on the environment, and to inspire our customers, employees and partners to do the same. How can you start a green team at your office?

Step 1
Identify employees who have demonstrated an interest supporting green initiatives.
Step 2
Coordinate a meeting to talk about specific roles and responsibilities for each member
Step 3
Ensure manager-level support by aligning green team responsibilities with the employee’s annual goals
Step 4
Create a group email alias and a monthly eNewsletter to help the team communicate their projects and gather input

You can download the Softchoice Green Team Application and use it in your office. (we don’t mind at all)