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January 2013 - Volano Solutions

The Employees You Want

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There are two types of people in the world: those who take responsibility and those who shun it.

I have always had a problem with those who shun responsibility – especially in the workplace.
They are the people who place office politics and covering their ass over being productive.
Not the kind of employees I want on my team.

The employees you want are the ones who take responsibility – who actually thrive on being accountable for the work they do.
They are the curve-busters. They upset the others who are happy with just getting by.

Don’t waste your time on the people who will dodge responsibility every chance they can – instead, you must foster an environment that is built upon accountability. This kind of company culture will attract and retain the people you want in your organization.

Our company values are:

  • Learn Constantly
  • Perform to Completion
  • Take Pride in Our Work
  • Adapt Easily
  • Be Fun

The two to highlight here are Complete and Pride. Without taking on responsibility, you will probably not perform to completion and the result of your work will not be something you can look at with pride.

The people who will be your biggest producers want to know what they are responsible and accountable for when they walk into work everyday. The extremists even want to know what else is within their reach so they can tackle that as well!

This is the whole philosophy behind the work queues that are on your home page when you log into Steelwool. As soon as you sign in, you see what work has been directly assigned to you as well as everything that is the responsibility of your team. When you have completed your work you move it along to the next step, go back to your home page and see what your next priority is.

Simply, you give the best employees in your office the tools and environment to thrive.

PHP and AuthSMTP

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Need to specify an SMTP server in PHP, but don’t want to update the global SMTP settings in the PHP.ini file?

We came across a neat little library that allows you to specify an SMTP server each time you send an email.

No installation required, just drop it in the root directory and include it in your mail script. It’s gravy – Swift Mailer

Steelwool Adds More Features

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automated e-mail functionality

Volano Solutions made some exciting feature enhancements to Steelwool this week. Several new clients utilizing Steelwool helped us develop some great new features. Steelwool can now incorporate automated e-mails into your work flow. If one of the steps in your process is sending out e-mail confirmations, reminders or updates to your clients, you can do that now through Steelwool.

import spreadsheets

We also secured workflows so only the appropriate teams and people responsible for specific work see their tasks. You can also import spreadsheets into Steelwool to add information or update information.

Steelwool is totally customizable to your business processes. It creates a simple, accountable place for you to move work through it’s chronological steps, store documents associated with this work and track the status of each work item. Users are liking the simplicity of the interface and the clarity into what they need to do that day and in what priority.

If work is falling through the cracks at your business or non-profit, or you’re not clear all the time on where you’re at in the status of your work, it may be time to look into Steelwool.

Volano Joins Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center

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Volano Solutions recently joined the Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center. MOWBC is an Omaha non-profit whose mission is to empower women to become economically self-sufficient. Having attended several of their meetings, Volano was impressed by the core values of the organization, the solidarity of the group’s members and the leadership of it’s president, BC Clark. Volano built our business helping small to medium-sized businesses and non-profits in Omaha grow and become more efficient in their work processes. We are looking forward to partnering up with MOWBC members and helping BC execute the vision of accelerating the success of women in Omaha at all levels of business and professional development.