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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.

 

Gail Lannom, PSG Partner

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.

$100 Gift Card Winner

Congratulations to Daphne Frontz, Corporate Recruiter at Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electrical for winning our $100 gift card!

Daphne was one of the 100 participants of our HR Survey last month. In addition to our drawing for a $100 gift card, each survey participant earned 5% off their first invoice with Priority Staffing Group.

If you missed the results of our HR survey, view them now here.

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.

 

New Hires at Corporate Headquarters

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Celesta Bowers – Finance Manager

Celesta Bowers joined Priority Group in April as the new Finance Manager. She grew up in Marion, IL and loves living and working here. She first fell in love with Accounting after taking her first accounting  course in high school. Then, the first in her family to graduate college, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Masters of Accountancy, Audit/Systems from Southern Illinois University.

Before joining Priority Group, she worked for three years as a Cost Accountant in the Wire and Cable industry in Du Quoin, IL; and prior to that, three years as an Accountant for doctors and hospitals. After having her boys, she decided she should spend less time on the road away from her family. Gail and Heather let her see that at Priority Group, she’d be a part of a growing business and family, not just another place to work. Her experience will now help further the financial growth of our business.

When not in the office, Celesta enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, volunteering at the Boyton Street Community Center, traveling and taking pictures.

Robyn Sprowls – Front Office Coordinator

Robyn Sprowls, previously employed as our Payroll Specialist/Bookkeeper, has returned to Priority Group as the Front Office Coordinator, but continues to assist with bookkeeping. Her role at the Marion, IL office is important to the functions of Priority Staffing and Priority Professional Groups.

Her diverse administrative background, working in retail and corporate office environments, allows her to handle a variety of projects and meet deadlines.

Her education at Rend Lake College, in addition to her extensive experience, enables her to communicate easily and effectively with applicants and clients. Robyn’s outgoing personality is important as the face of the company; she reassures the applicants that they can complete their application with ease.

Robyn loves traveling, racing and spending time with her family when she’s not at work.

Illinois Still No Budget – Tennessee Is Doing Fine

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As we deal with the April showers, we are seeing the May flowers in our future. At least in some parts of this country. Time has a way of changing things – in life, in love, and in business!

Let’s talk business.

Business in Southern Illinois and Middle Tennessee are doing well for us. Tennessee has a more positive outlook for business growth because the state and counties are proactive in working with companies. Illinois, on the other hand, is NOT. With the continued unbalanced budget in Illinois, business is moving forward, but not very aggressively. Many are moving out of the state. How can a state go for almost two years and NOT HAVE A BUDGET? I can tell you this: if a company went two years without a budget and without paying bills, we would be forced to close the doors. We all need to work hard now and collaborate with our government to get their act together and get their job done.

We business owners work every day to make sure things are going in the right direction. Sometimes this means that changes have to happen; and we do that! Finding a good work force is not an easy task. With people leaving the state of Illinois at such a rapid pace, you might notice that finding good staff is getting more difficult. We do not let that stop us at Priority Staffing Group, Ltd. or Priority Professional Group, Ltd.  We recruit daily for more that 50 open positions. Some are entry level, some are professional level, and some are nurse positions. If you are finding it hard to recruit new talent, call us. We do this every day and with success. You know, “Your Success is Our Priority!”

Don’t give up on Illinois, but do contact your government officials and let them know we are ready to get back to business – they should be too. They seem to fill their schedules with “new” bills to be voted on. How about… let’s stop adding new bills to be voted on and get this budget worked out!

I seem to just write random thoughts, but they are things we should all be thinking about and trying to get fixed.

Good job, Tennessee!

How embarrassing, Illinois. You should be ashamed!

Gail Lannom, Priority Group CEOGail Lannom, CEO

 

 

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COATS Visual Upgrade

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COATS Logo

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

 

Emily, Kara, Ally

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.”

Trainer Jesse w/PSG

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.

 

COATS

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!

Workers’ Compensation Symposium

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Gail at the Workers' Compensation symposium

Priority Group CEO, Gail Barger Lannom (left)

On March 9th, men and women from throughout southern Illinois joined at the John A Logan College for the 2017 Workers’ Compensation Symposium. Lindzey Barger and Gail Barger Lannom represented Priority Group at the event.

 

“We set up as a vendor and met many potential clients,” Gail said. “We got to network with existing clients too.”

 

The event, put on by WORKcare.ready.well, was for experts to teach the best practices in prevention and injury–navigation management. “Educational information was presented that will help with managing our day to day workers’ comp issues,” Gail said.

 

Attendees learned about many issues, including: early intervention and injury management programs, legal benefits and costs of such programs, and how local safety experts deal with workers’ compensation issues.

 

“It was a very nice event with great speakers,” Gail said. “The John A Logan College always has a nice venue for these type of events.”

 

By attending events like this one, Priority Group prepares for all our clients’ needs. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us by email.

 

 

Ally & Liz

Murfreesboro Office Sees Growth

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Priority Staffing Group started off the year by adding two new members to their Murfreesboro team. The company’s newest office is excited for what this growth will bring.

Ally Farlow

Ally Farlow joined Priority Staffing Group as an Account Manager on January 9th. Ally, originally from Southern Illinois, is currently pursuing a degree at Middle Tennessee State University. She brings six years of sales and customer service experience to Priority Group and loves that her time in insurance and event sales led her to this opportunity, where she’s able to meet people from so many different walks of life. Outside of work, Ally spends her free time with her husband and their two sons. They enjoy traveling and having new experiences together.

 

Liz Sawyer

Liz Sawyer joined Priority Group on January 16th as the Office/Marketing Coordinator. Liz is a Middle Tennessee State University alumna with a Bachelor degree in Journalism. Liz transfers her experience in writing and communications to provide our applicants with resume revisions and coaching. Her passion for helping people contributes to her efforts at Priority Group. Outside the office, Liz loves writing and spending time outdoors with her husband and their Great Dane.

 

Ally and Liz can be contacted at (615) 295-2127.