Southern Illinois Chili Cook Off

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Gail Lannom, Priority Group CEO

The 9th Annual Southern Illinois Chili Cook Off was held at the Marion Elks on November 4th. The outdoor event raised money for several local charities.

Gail Lannom, Priority Group CEO, along with Megan Jones, Professional Group COO, and Lindzey Barger, Business Development, were on the planning committee for the event.

 

Nearly 800 people attended and 32 competitors participated in the Chili Cook Off and Bloody Mary competitions, which had a Game Show theme.

 

The GLITS girls represented Priority Staffing Group for the 9th year in the competition. They won Best Team Theme with Wheel of Fortune.

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Other activities included a silent auction, raffles, and a bags tournament, all raising money for the selected charities.

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Megan Jones, Professional Group COO

Up from last year’s $23,000 raised, the event surpassed the $25,000 goal for 2017. The money benefited The Fowler Bonan Foundation Clothes for Kids, The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter, The Lighthouse Shelter, and the Williamson County Heartland Rotary iPad project for children with learning disabilities.

 

Priority Group is excited to have a part in our community’s events. If you have an event you’re interested in partnering with us in, call (618) 969-8800 to speak to one of our office representatives.

 

To view more photos of the event, visit the official Facebook page for the Southern Illinois Chili Cook Off.

 

 

Block Par-tee 2017

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Priority Group attended the inaugural Marion Chamber of Commerce Block Par-tee, a Community Fest & Bag Board/Putt-putt Tournament. Our representatives were Megan Jones, Professional Group COO, and Lindzey Barger, Business Development.

The Block Par-tee was held on Friday, October 13th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Heartland Regional Medical Center’s Serenity Trail and was a fundraiser for the Marion Chamber Foundation, which coordinates awards scholarships to Marion-area students by Grad Spree, a Committee responsible for all planning, fund-raising and coordination of activities for the drug/alcohol free celebration for Marion High School graduating seniors.

 

Block Par-tee Representatives

Megan Jones & Lindzey Barger

The event, which included food, drinks, prizes, games, vendors, networking and more, brought in a large number of people from the community, said Lindzey Barger, Priority Group Business Development. “It is always a heartfelt feeling to give back to the communities we live and work in and this event is a great example of that.”

 

Priority Group was a food vendor and also participated in the putt-putt tournament with a Friday the 13th themed putt-putt hole.

 

Block Par-tee

 

Leadership Conference: Live2Lead

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Live2Lead Leadership Conference

Priority Group attended leadership conference, Live2Lead, on October 6th. Our representatives were Gail Lannom, CEO; Megan Jones, Professional Group COO; and Emily Melvin, Account Manager.

What is Live2Lead?

Live2Lead was a full-day leadership and personal growth event hosted live in Atlanta. The event is an annual leadership gathering developed by The John Maxwell Company. For almost a decade, Live2Lead has shared leadership and personal growth principles to a live audience and over 300 simulcast locations around the world.

Attendees learn from renowned leadership experts from a variety of industries, gain new perspectives on relevant topics and get practical tools to take home with them.

Conference speakers included John Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Warrick Dunn, and Cheryl Bachelder.

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The Southern Illinois simulcast was hosted by the Marion Chamber of Commerce in the John A Logan College auditorium.  At the end of the conference, an interactive group discussion on the topics led by Russell Williams, the John Maxwell Company leader in Southern Illinois.

 

The presenting sponsor of Live2Lead – Southern Illinois: Heartland Regional Medical Center

Additional sponsors: The Southern Illinoisan, AISIN, Watermark Auto Group, Legence Bank, Priority Staffing Group, Harness Digital Marketing, WSIU Public Broadcasting, Walker’s Bluff and John A. Logan College.

HR TN Conference

TN HR Conference 2017

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HR Tennessee 2017

Priority Group’s Heather Goines-Evans, COO, and Chris Nichols, Business Development, attended the HR Tennessee Conference and Exposition, hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) from October 1 – 4. Being members of the Middle Tennessee chapter, MT|SHRM, Priority Group was happy to participate in this educational conference in Nashville.

 

MT|SHRM is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017, and had the opportunity to host this event, which was the largest TN state conference ever. Over 1,500 HR colleagues, exhibitors, guests and sponsors attended this year’s event.

 

With 78 sessions and workshops in six focus tracks (Business Management & Strategy; Talent Management; Compensation; Benefits; Legal; HR Technology), the conference offered many learning opportunities for Priority Group, so that we can continue to develop our organization in a way that helps our clients and communities.

“Attending this conference gave us the knowledge to deliver more practical solutions to our organization and stay on top of the latest HR developments,” Heather said.

 

The conference opened on Monday with a keynote delivered by Peyton Manning titled Business Lessons from the Gridiron. Other speakers included Dr. Michael Burcham, CEO of Narus Health; and John Daniel, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for First Horizon National Corp.

“The keynotes were really informative,” Chris said. “Peyton Manning did a great job making the connection between managing a football team versus an organization.  Michael Burcham was outstanding as well in discussing How to Think Like a CEO.”

 

The conference as a whole was a great event for Priority Group. We are excited to attend the conference again next year so we can continually develop our Human Resources knowledge.

For questions concerning our business or to learn how we can help you with HR related issues, please email us or call a representative at any of our offices listed below.

Marion, IL – (618) 969-8800 | Vandalia, IL – (618) 283-9533 | Murfreesboro, TN – (615) 295-2127

 

 

Risk Management Tips

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How to Manage Risk

Priority Staffing Group sent two representatives to the Risk Control Workshop in Denver, Colorado this month.

Kara Metzger and Ally Farlow spent three  days studying up on risk management procedures and workers’ compensation laws. They learned new tips on how to help both our business and our clients’ businesses.

So, does your company have a plan for when work-related accidents happens?

There are some simple steps that your company can take to create a safe work environment. And when an accident does occur, you should know your employees will have the best care possible.

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  • Pre-employment physicals are a risk management tool used to screen individuals for risk factors that may limit their ability to perform a job safely and effectively.
  • Functional testing before starting work can prove essential function capability, limiting the risk of injuries associated with certain jobs.

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  • Try to stop the accident from happening in the beginning! You can do this by implementing training videos to make sure that your employees know what kind of work hazards they will be around and how to deal with them properly.
  • Make sure that you hold regular training sessions to keep employees up to date on new rules and regulations and remind them of the correct safety procedures.

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Visual Warnings

  • Have all the appropriate signs posted regarding workplace rules and safety.
  • Make sure all signs are up-to-date and in a heavily trafficked area so all employees can see.

Emergency Plan

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  • Make sure your company has a plan of action when an employee is hurt on the job. Find out what level of care is needed and get the employee taken care of as quickly as possible.
  • Have a designated urgent care set up to send employees so that the process is simple for everyone.
  • Make sure to document all the details of the accident by taking notes and photographs. You should have a standard accident report and witnesses to back everything up. There should always be a signature from the supervisor that was on duty when the accident occurred.

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An additional tip to help improve safety in the workplace:

  • Have a safety committee. Get together once a month and go over ways to improve workplace safety.

 

Priority Group wants to help our clients establish a safe and prepared work environment. For additional information on our services and how we can help you as a client, email us or call any of our office locations.

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Employee Appreciation Weekend

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Priority Group’s three partners, Heather Goines-Evans, Gail Lannom, and Carlos Tanner, extended an invitation to the staff and their families for an Annual Employee Appreciation Weekend!

 

Heather said they offered this event to all three offices and their families because “Priority Group’s success is a direct result of [employees’] hard work, determination and dedication to our vision.”  The company also has several new additions to our team this year and wanted to welcome “your family to our family.”

 

Emily Melvin, Placement Specialist & Heather Goines-Evans, COO

The weekend started on Friday July 28th when Priority Staffing Group closed the office early, rented the Marion Pool for a family pool party and had a cookout in the park. The event was open to all employees and their families.

“I honestly liked the whole weekend and loved that a family included portion was a part of the event,” says Emily Melvin, Placement Specialist in the Marion office.

 

The fun continued the next day when the adults loaded up the Redneck Party Bus to tour a few of Southern Illinois’ best wineries. A twist was also added to the day in the form of a Hawaiian theme. Flower patterns and hula skirts took over the day as everyone enjoyed the company of their Priority Group family.

 

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Lindzey Barger, Business Development & Gail Lannom, CEO

“The ‘Redneck’ bus was so funny,” said Gail. “The Southern Illinois wineries are so beautiful, and the music we heard was great too!”

 

The event didn’t focus on the day-to-day operations of business – just some off-the-clock personal time with the rest of the staff. “Sometimes in the hectic days at the office we can forget how fun our co-workers are and how awesome a team we have,” says Emily Melvin. “Fun events help us to realize great positive qualities about our team members and Priority as a whole.”

 

Priority Group believes that appreciated employees will do their best work. Each year, the Staff Appreciation weekend allows our separate offices to come together, socialize and get to know people we wouldn’t otherwise meet. “We have been able to do a company appreciation day every year and I always look forward to this event,” said Gail.

 

2017 Back to School Drive

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Priority Group is hosting a Back to School Drive for The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter in West Frankfort, Illinois.

The shelter is a private, non-profit organization that provides a 24-hour emergency shelter for abused, neglected and/or abandoned children for the entire state.  The Night’s Shield accepts both male and female children from ages newborn to 18 years. The children are provided food, clothing, medical care, education, and weekly activities.

All donations can be dropped off at Priority Staffing Group’s Marion location from July 24th to August 9th during business hours. Please contact Robyn with any questions about the school drive.

Chris Nichols Joins Young Professionals Committee

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Priority Group’s Murfreesboro office is developing in the community by way of its team members. Chris Nichols, Director of Business Development, was just named a committee member for the MT SHRM Young Professionals group.

 

MT SHRM is the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management. The Young Professionals group is an affiliate of that chapter. Each quarter, the Young Professionals host a happy hour event of open networking for HR professionals early in their career.

 

June 1st is the next Happy Hour event. Chris Nichols has worked with the rest of the planning committee to put on this event, which is free for all MT SHRM members and their guests. However, registration will still be required for all attendees. Register here

 

“I’m really excited about joining a group of intelligent, forward-thinking individuals,” Chris said. “I look forward to seeing the growth we can have with young HR professionals in Middle Tennessee.”

 

The networking event will be held at SOUTH in Nashville from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on June 1st. Individuals will purchase their own drinks; complementary appetizers will be provided.

 

Contact Chris Nichols at chris@prioritystaffinggroup.com or Lynzi Loyd at lloyd@vaco.com if you have questions about the event.

 

Memorial Day Celebration – City of Marion

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Priority Group is collaborating with the City of Marion on a Memorial Day event at Ray Fosse Park on Monday, May 29th.

The partnership, spearheaded by Priority Group’s CEO, Gail Lannom, happens every year. The free event is family friendly with goofy golf, swimming, antique cars and much more throughout the day.

The only cost to attendees is food from event vendors and the chicken dinner, which requires a ticket that must be purchased in advance of the event day.

Tickets for the chicken dinner are being sold at Priority Staffing Group’s Marion office now until Friday, May 26th between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Please call us (618) 969-8800 with questions or stop by 712 N. Carbon St. Marion, IL.

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COATS Visual Upgrade

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Priority Group strives for an efficient workplace, and because of that, the company just upgraded our staffing software from COATSsql to COATS Visual.

 

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Emily Melvin, Kara Metzger, and Ally Farlow

Priority Group sent three representatives to the software company’s headquarters in beautiful Virginia Beach, Virginia from March 22nd to 24th. This three-day program covered all COATS Visual’s features with hands-on instruction.

 

Each of Priority Group’s locations sent one representative: Emily Melvin from Marion, Illinois, Kara Metzger from Vandalia, Illinois, and Ally Farlow from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Each of these women trained and came back prepared to teach what they learned. Now the rest of the team is ready to maneuver through the COATS Visual software as well.

 

“We had a great time at COATS,” said Emily, Placement Specialist. “The whole staff made us feel welcomed and they were very accommodating with our training preferences.”

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COATS trainer, Jesse, with Priority Group

Ally, Account Manager, said good things about their team as well. “Everyone was easy to work with and answered all our questions. If they did not have an answer, they took the time to go and find it.”

 

Priority Group selected COATS Staffing Software for its ability to track all clients and applicants efficiently. A separate customer relationship management product is not needed when COATS is used to its full potential. It can track history with a client from the initial contact all the way through invoicing.

 

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Priority Group has used this staffing software to stay on top of employee management since opening in 2010. Now we’re very excited to improve that process with COATS Visual. “The upgrade is more user friendly and has a lot of new function that will make everything from sales to operations much smoother within the system,” Ally said.

 

We think some of the most noteworthy features are resume parsing, direct emailing, grid customization, drag/drop features and easier searching.

 

So, have you used COATS Visual? We would love to hear about your favorite features!