Complete Guide to Employee Appreciation

How do you build a strong company culture? Two simple words: Thank you.
Appreciation comes in many forms other than that little phrase, but expressing even the smallest form of appreciation to your team cannot be overstated. ePayPolicy has developed a culture of energized teamwork and productive growth. Our focus remains on our clients but it’s imperative to build a strong foundation at the core of our company.

For us, it starts at the top. Our co-founders Todd and Milan are motivated, interactive, and always seek better relationships with the team. These genuine actions promote a positive environment where the team can grow and develop.

After this leadership develops a driven mentality in their employees, they act on it. If you’re constantly asking “How can I encourage?” people will thrive because of you. Setting and achieving goals doesn’t always have to come from management, sometimes it’s inspired by management. 

People aren’t strictly motivated by raises or bonuses anymore. We are motivated by the chance to grow, to move up and take on more responsibility. ePayPolicy utilizes this by providing more autonomy to team members as a subtle but meaningful form of appreciation. Just imagine how wonderful it would feel to hear, “You’ve done a great job and we’ve noticed. We’ll let you take it from here.”

We’re sure you’ve heard the phrase “Happy Wife, Happy Life.” The same could be said in the corporate world. When people are excited to come to work, motivated by their peers and opportunities, they produce better results. 

Simplicity is best. So thank you, ePayPolicy team – for supporting, teaching, loving, inspiring, and collaborating so well with each other.

P.S. – Small gifts are an easy win for clients and employees to feel appreciated. When onboarding new team members, we love to give out welcome packages with our branded swag!

Putting Community First! with Mobile Loaves & Fishes

We had the privilege and opportunity for our entire office to volunteer at Community First! Village. A staple of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, this planned community on 51 acres provides affordable and permanent housing for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Chronic homelessness is considered anyone who has been without a home and on the streets for over a year and since 2015, Community First! Village has helped over 250 homeless men and women and moved them into a supportive community and home. For almost 15 years now this transformative program has become the largest community-based model in the country. During our time there it was very evident that community plays a huge part in the success of their residents which in turn helps build the community. As we talked with Charlie, our project manager, he shared that all of the residents feel a huge sense of ownership of the community, and take pride in maintaining it and working hard to continue the success and growth of it. For many of the residents, homelessness occurred after a significant and unforeseen life event occurred but fortunately, this community helps them get back on their feet in a dignified way by providing them with all the resources and skills they need. “Housing will never solve homelessness, but the community will.” -Amber Fogarty, President & Chief Goodness Officer of Mobile Loaves & Fishes “We love this city and the community in it so of course, we want nothing more than to give back to it! We love what Community First! and Mobile Loaves & Fishes stand for and all that they are doing to help people. We look forward to volunteering again very soon.” -Todd Sorrel (Co-Founder of ePayPolicy) For more information on how you can volunteer or how you can give, visit mlf.org/ways-to-give/.

A New Type of Giving This Season

Not your average haircut 

As we approach the season of giving you may be wondering what you can do to help someone in need, but a haircut may not come to mind for most of us. Last week, our sales trainer, Keith Langtry, went in for a haircut, but this time his hair wouldn’t just be swept up and thrown away. Instead, his hair would be sent to Children With Hair Loss in South Rockwood, Michigan, and assembled into a wig for a child with hair loss.

What is CWHL?

CWHL or Children With Hair Loss is a non-profit organization that provides human hair replacements to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss at no cost to them. Currently, CWHL has provided a customized human hair replacement and care kit to over 300 children a year with their mission being, “covering young heads to heal young hearts”. What may be “just hair” to us may be something more than cosmetic for a child with hair loss.
CWHL before and after

Credit: Monroe County Chamber of Commerce

Other ways to help

Did you know that human hair replacement system and hair care kit can cost a family of a child with hair loss up to $5,000 a year? If you are not able to donate your hair, you can still help out by making a monetary donation to CWHL.
CWHL Donation

Eric and Keith both donated their long locks of hair to Children With Hair Loss (CWHL).

Looking for other organizations to donate your hair too?

Here is some info on other hair donation charities that you might find helpful:
Which organization should I donate my hair to?

Credit: Business Insider

How to donate to Children With Hair Loss

If you or someone you know is interested in donating to CWHL, check out this quick video for a walk-through tutorial!

Who Run the World?

In honor of International Women’s Day 2018, the ePayPolicy team decided to compile a short list of some truly amazing women we think everyone should know about!

Whether you work in retail, at home, with children, or across the globe, the lovely ladies below (and millions more that we don’t have the space to list) are forces of nature to be reckoned with.

Who she is: Malala Yousafzai

What she does: The Pakistani native is an activist for female education. She is especially known for human rights advocacy, particularly for the education of women and children in her native home, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement.

Why she’s awesome: No list of kick-butt women would be complete without the seemingly fearless Pakistani activist. At just 20 years young, Malala already bears the title of youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is also a survivor of an assassination attempt in retaliation from her activism, the founder of the non-profit organization, the Malala Fund, and a New York Times Bestseller for I am Malala, which she co-authored.

Where you can follow her:
Twitter
Website

Who she is: Alex Hisaka

What she does: Senior Manager, Global Content Marketing, LinkedIn Sales and Marketing Solutions 

Why she’s awesome: With one impressive track record (LinkedIn, SalesForce, PayPal), Hisaka is an inspiration to both men and women. An expert in all-things-marketing, Hisaka has built her outstanding career from the ground up, starting with her love of writing. That passion eventually lead to a career path in multiple industries, establishing her as an integral part of the success to any team.

Where you can follow her:
Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn


Who she is: Eliana Murillo

What she does: Head of Multicultural Marketing at Google

Why she’s awesome: As a Harvard Graduate, Eliana not only heads up the Multicultural Marketing department at the most visible company in the world, she also founded it! Murillo places emphasis and passion for diversity in everything from customers and business owners to films in Hollywood. 

Where you can follow her:
Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn
Website

Who she is: Bozoma “Boz” A. Saint John

What she does: Chief Brand Officer at 

Why she’s awesome: “I am a force of nature in fierce stilettos,” writes Saint John on her Twitter, and boy is she right! The NYC resident has a crazy, standout resume that is name-drop city. Previous positions include Apple (Head of Global Consumer Marketing), PepsiCo (Head of Music and Entertainment Marketing) and Ashley Stewart (an American plus size women’s clothing company and lifestyle brand) where she served as VP for over a year. Can y’all say HUSTLER?! Work hard, play hard.

Where you can follow her:
Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn


Who she is: Kitty Ambers

What she does: Chief Executive Officer at NetVU

Why she’s awesome: For starters, we can’t overlook the fact that Kitty now lives in ePayPolicy’s home state of Texas! 

More than that, however, Ambers is the CEO of one of the most visible companies in the insurance space. While women make up 44% of the S&P 500 labor force, only 6% (SIX percent!) of those women are CEOs. That means, basically, Kitty Ambers is a freaking superhero! 

With an extensive and impressive background in the insurance industry, Ambers is leading the charge on, well, leadership. Whether she’s leading her team at NetVU or leading other women to reach for those coveted executive positions, she’s doing it with style, grace, and with that undeniable swagger that only folks from The Lone Star State possess.


Where you can follow her:
Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn

Happy International Women’s Day to everyone out there supporting the movement.


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ePayPolicy is an insurance payment processor that enables agents and brokers to accept credit card and ACH / e-check payments online. The Austin-based company was founded in 2014 and currently has over 600 national clients, with explosive growth continuing to rise.

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