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Girls + Data: A Positive Trend

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In 2017 I attended a mentoring opportunity sponsored by Girls in Tech, a global organization devoted to joining women in the tech industry. This event welcomed young women from elementary to high school, to the Milwaukee Public Library, to ask a panel of female tech professionals about their careers. The panel included analysts, developers, project managers, and more in different areas of tech, but I was the only woman representing data analytics. As the girls rotated through the panel members inquiring about education required, experience, salary, and personal professional backgrounds, it became painfully obvious that despite their interest in technology, there was great hesitation since they thought they had to be a programmer.

The Fidget Cube Craze Hits Omni

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By now, you have probably noticed the fidget cube or fidget spinner craze that has happened in our country. It has invaded our workplaces and schools. It also found its way to us at Omni. Back in September of 2016, someone shared the Kickstarter page for the Fidget Cubes on the #random Slack channel. I was immediately intrigued by the simple product. I’m a frequent fidgeter. The usual foot tapping, leg bouncing, pen clicking, paper clip ruining, stress ball squeezing, kind of grade A fidgeter. “Fidgeter.” Is that even a real word? Well, I’m using it.

A Day in the Life of a Solutions Consultant at Omni

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As a Solutions Consultant in our Milwaukee office, my time is split between 1) Meeting with our clients to help design the software we are developing for them 2) Working with my project teams to clarify requirements and technical issues 3) Software development 4) Internal initiatives It’s a mix of responsibilities that keeps me busy and engaged. There is nothing more exciting for me professionally than taking a bunch to scribbles on a white board to a system that our customers use...and that’s what I do. My days tend to vary, but here is what one of my days looked like earlier this week.

Dang Good People: How Omni Changed My Business

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In November of 2015, I talked to a friend I knew in information technology. He’s a talented guy and I wanted his advice on how to automate our Culture Analysis process at Utech Consulting. He scoped out the project and offered to do some of the work himself, but what he really recommended was that we work with Omni Resources. Two weeks later I had two Omni representatives, Tony and Pat, in my office. I don’t know what it is about Pat, but he just exudes trustworthiness. He’s a brilliant guy and I remember loving his ability to think though patterns “in the moment.” The guy has definitely got some skills. He’s also super nice, patient and down-to-earth.

The YNAB Philosophy

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The last time I talked about money, it was to discuss truly owning your money, in other words: budgeting. This time around I’d like to talk about a nifty little app called YNAB. YNAB stands for You Need A Budget. It should really be called You Really, Really Do Need A Budget No Matter How Much You Think You Don’t, but the acronym would have been unwieldy. YNAB is budgeting on steroids. It is both an app and a method to easily take hold of your finances. YNAB is a way to keep an amateur budgeter off spreadsheets…

What We're Thankful For at Omni

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With Thanksgiving this week, it led me to ask the team at Omni to share what they are thankful for. I gave them some examples of my own: I am thankful for cheese steak Fridays with the team, spending the holidays with family, awesome blogs that the team contributes, and all the lunches Omni provides. Of course I got this response via Slack from Software Engineer Travis Crowe. To Travis’ credit, he was right on. I love the one-liners and anecdotal responses I often get in return when I prompt the team with a question via Slack or email. I did get a few of those responses with this question, but I also enjoyed seeing the real honest and heartfelt replies and it made me realize how much we really do have to be grateful for. Hopefully these responses will put a smile on your face like they did mine.

The Great Game of Business: Key Takeaways

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This summer the Omni Book Club studied the book The Great Game of Business (GGOB) by Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham. We first heard about this book at the 2016 NCEO Conference in April. Both The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome were raved about at the conference. It was clear that SRC (the company that started the GGOB) was thought of as the poster child for employee ownership. We were lucky enough to even have Bo Burlingham as one of the keynote speakers. Many other companies were interested in getting behind the paradigm of Open Book Management and the GGOB. With the raving reviews and overwhelming interest, we figured we couldn't go wrong by choosing this book. Here's a breakdown of our top 10 key takeaways:

Omni Takes on Employee Ownership Month

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For over 20 years, employee-owned companies have been encouraged by the ESOP Association to celebrate this unique trait during the month of October, which has been designated as Employee Ownership Month. Omni has done just that since it went from being privately held by one owner to now being owned by its more than 100 employees.

Top 5 Questions Omni Receives from Candidates

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“When you find that job that causes you to be excited every day - forget about the pay - with people you love, doing what you love, it doesn't get any better than that.” – Warren Buffett Mr. Buffett sums it up very eloquently in the quote above. What most people seek, above all else, is to find a place to share their talents, make an impact and work with people who inspire them. The rest is just details (don’t get me wrong, they are important details but they don’t take precedence.)