Houston Astros World Series Champions 2017

“The Houston Astros started from the bottom, and now they’re World Series champions”

55 years in the making, the Houston Astros finally brought home their first World Series Championship win to the great city of Houston!

2017 has been a grueling year for Houston and this championship could not have come at a better time or to a more deserving team. Houston is home to many of our Global Edge employees and we are incredibly proud of the city of Houston, its’ people, and of course their Championship team- the Houston Astros. We are looking forward many more winning seasons of baseball here in Houston. Until then-GO STROS!

#earnhistory #houstonstrong

Source: https://www.sbnation.com/2017/11/2/16596318/houston-astros-2017-world-series-champions

Hurricane Harvey: What’s happening now and how we can help

HURRICANE HARVEY: what’s happening now and how can we help

The devastation Hurricane Harvey has left behind is terrible. It is definitely the worst natural disaster in Texas history and people are still suffering from its aftermath.

Hurricane Harvey entered Texas on August 27th and when it finally left, nothing was as before. Officials said that they believe at least 82 people died as a result of the intense flooding, although it could take weeks to determine the exact death toll. Harvey caused many damages in both Texas and Louisiana; Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has estimated that the cost for recovery will exceed $180 billion, which would make Harvey one of the most expensive natural disasters in the history of the United States.

Our offices at Global Edge were closed during the week the hurricane hit, and even though our headquarters were not affected, we shut down our offices while the hurricane ran its course as the safety of our employees was our number one priority. While we were lucky enough to not experience any damages many of our clients and contractors were not as fortunate. Our CEO, Kathy Eberwein, has always supported philanthropic efforts within the local communities as it is a core value at The Global Edge. Staying true to those values, she shut down headquarters for several days post-Harvey so employees could go out and volunteer within their local communities.

At the moment, over 60,000 Texans are still displaced, living in shelters or hotel rooms paid for by FEMA. There are more than 311,000 people affected who have formally requested economic aid from the government. These people need our help. They still don’t know what’s going to happen and how long it will take before their homes are safe again. According to a Washington Post analysis on data released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), only 17 percent of homeowners most directly affected by Harvey had flood insurance policies.

The devastating hurricane has also affected automobiles; as more than half a million cars were damaged by water. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said that the recovery will be a “marathon, not a career” that will last for years and will consume a lot of time and money. Zinke said: “I’d say we’re probably at a 20 percent.”

If you are interested in helping here is a list of ways you can contribute to support people within the community:

Donations

The best way to help is to donate money and contribute to organizations and charitable agencies that will ensure that people affected by the storm get the resources they need.

“Right now, the best thing people can do is donate money,” said Katrina Farmer, Director of The American Red Cross offices in San Angelo.

Some of these organizations may include: The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities USA, Global Giving, Save the Children and United Way of Greater Houston, among many other institutions that are offering their support.

Make sure your donation is secure by going through the organization’s official website or sending a check through the mail. Charity Navigator says you should never donate over the phone, email or unknown social media pages, as these are the places scammers usually target.

Volunteering

Most of these organizations and shelters will need a lot of helping hands to distribute goods to people and helping with the recovery. Many volunteers will be needed in coming days, weeks and possibly months, so you can sign up as a volunteer to assist those affected by the hurricane, getting involved to help with the relief efforts. You can sign up on Voly.org and fill the registration if you are interested in these volunteering opportunities.

Also, the American Red Cross announced that they would be training volunteers at their shelters through a “fast-track” course.

Donate Blood

According to the AABB, Hurricane Harvey and its associated flooding are impacting the nation’s blood supply. The AABB is urging eligible donors across America, especially those with type O-positive blood, to make and attend donation appointments as soon as possible. If you are type O blood, then you are critically important at this moment and you should schedule a blood donation appointment as soon as possible. Type O blood is the only blood type that can be safely transfused to most patients with other blood types and is frequently used in emergency situations.

If you wish to donate blood you can contact your local community’s Red Cross, or check for blood banks within your area.

Keep on Giving 

Recovering from disasters such as hurricane Harvey takes time. It’s essential to realize that disaster relief and recovery efforts aren’t just a thing of the first few days after the storm has hit. Help can be required for months or even years. if you feel compelled to help others in the wake of these natural disasters, do your best to train yourself to help rebuild these affected communities.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/texas-officials-hurricane-harvey-death-toll-at-82-mass-casualties-have-absolutely-not-happened/2017/09/14/bff3ffea-9975-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.0bf61456463f

http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-month-after-harvey-debris-piles-show-recovery-takes-time-2017-10

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/29/where-harvey-is-hitting-hardest-four-out-of-five-homeowners-lack-flood-insurance/

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-says-hurricane-harvey-recovery/6KOdNp0E5yK3RqUFnmUm9I/

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/26/hurricane-harvey-victims-here-is-what-can-do-to-help.html

 

Health Awareness Month

6 Reasons why October is Health Awareness Month

Did you know there is a Down Syndrome Awareness Month?  What about Breast Cancer Awareness Month?  How about a Respiratory Care week? Mental Health Awareness Day? Well, there’s one thing they have in common: They all happen in October! 

October is considered the Health Awareness Month due to the variety of weeks and days full of special events to promote healthier lifestyles and information about different health conditions. There are many ways to get involved and support these programs, so through this article, we want to share a list with you containing 6 reasons why October is the Health Awareness Month and how you can be part of it:

1. Cancer Awareness

October is the Worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign held to inform the public about this disease. You can check the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a U.S. based institution, to get more information about how you can participate in certain events within your community, donate or share educational content on social media. The color pink is used as the official color of the campaign and you can raise awareness by also wearing pink shirts or clothing with messages about the event.

During this month survivors, along with other people, work to increase the reach of educational material, allowing more people to engage in programs that lead to early detection and reduce the risk of advanced breast cancer. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the disease and be conscious and helpful to those who might be affected or exposed.

2. Down Syndrome Awareness

The National Down Syndrome Awareness Month is also held in October. During the month, people with Down syndrome and their families celebrate their abilities and accomplishments and it is also an opportunity to spread awareness through certain events, where you can be informed about ways to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with this condition. You can visit  the National Down Syndrome Society website and read more about it; there are volunteering opportunities, marathons, a shop and much more to get you involved.

3. Liver Awareness

Liver Awareness Month happens in October as well. A complete month dedicated to the importance of liver care and the fundamental role that this organ of the body plays within us. You can also learn about different forms of liver disease and get involved in activities and programs to increase knowledge and consciousness. The campaigns teach the most important things we need to avoid in order to protect our liver, such as reducing alcohol, sugar and pain relievers consumption, along with preventing obesity. If you want to know more about you can take a look at the American Liver Foundation website.

4. Domestic Violence Awareness

Another important occasion in October would be the Domestic Violence Awareness Month which was created as a way to connect and join people and organizations working together to aid victims. Domestic violence happens in most communities and affects many individuals of all genders and ages. These activities have been created to teach people about how they can take action to promote protection, equality, and respect to everybody and to stop domestic violence before it even happens. There are various ways to support, for example, by wearing purple clothing (which is the color assigned to the awareness campaign) or donating to the cause. If you want to get more information about how you can help, you can go to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

5. Dental Hygiene Awareness

National Dental Hygiene Month takes place in October as well, and it celebrates the work dental hygienists do and helps people understand the importance of good oral health. This year, the events are focusing on teaching four main routines: brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft brush, cleaning between your teeth once a day to remove plaque, rinsing to eliminate bacteria and chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals to prevent tooth decay. The campaign should motivate dental specialists to talk to their patients and community about oral health, by hosting special events, webinars or talks. If you want to know more about it, you can go to the American Dental Association page.

6. National Respiratory Week

Last, but not least, the annual event of the National Respiratory Week is held in October as well. It is an event that recognizes respiratory care professionals and raises awareness for lung health around the world. It is a great opportunity for specialists to educate the community about lung health by organizing engaging events or talks. For more information on this event, you go to the website of the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Finally, there are many other health events that will take place this month as the Eye Injury Prevention Month, the Health Literacy Month, the National Physical Therapy Month, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, along with the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and as you can see there are many ways you can get involved in these activities to learn and promote a better and healthier lifestyle, supporting great causes through your help.

We can definitely say that October is a great month to raise awareness and encourage everybody to enjoy the benefits of staying healthy.

At The Global Edge social responsibility is one of our core values. Corporate social responsibility includes an organizations’ initiatives to assess and take responsibility for the company’s effects on environmental and social well being.  A large part of this is to ensure that’all employees have a healthy working environment. To focus on this during Health Awareness Month, our headquarters will have weekly challenges and initiatives to promote Healthy Body, Healthy Mind during October!

These challenges are a part of a voluntary program designed to improve employee health and well-being.  Each employee will be given an activity tracker where you will record the number of minutes you exercise each day.  At the end of each week, the 3 people with the highest times will be given points to be added into the weekly roulette. Stay tuned for our October recap for our weekly winners!

#globaledgehealthawarenessmonth #socialresponsibility #healthybodyhealthymind

 

Better Business Bureau Recognizes The Global Edge Consultants with Winner of Distinction Award

In recognizing businesses and non-profits for their achievements and commitment to quality in the workplace, The Global Edge was one of 292 companies recognized at the annual Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence on May 10, 2017.

Recognized as a Winner of Distinction, this was the second year in a row to be recognized by the Better Business Bureau for service excellence.

When asked what it means to The Global Edge to receive this recognition, CEO Kathy Eberwein states “With excellence being at the core of our values, I am thrilled that The Global Edge brought home another award that recognizes our top-notch service to our customers and clients. In recruitment, your people are your best asset, and I am proud to say that I think we have the best group of professionals in the global recruitment arena which is a huge factor into our continued success with these awards.

I am very proud of our team and look forward to continuing to provide our customers and clients with the exceptional Global Edge service!”

The Global Edge Gives Back- 2nd Annual Kendra Scott PHA Benefit

As I was sitting watching the big screen at AT&T Stadium at the Texas High School Football Championships, I was in awe of the festive and prideful colors everyone displayed. One of the most common elements I notice on ladies of both sides was Kendra Scott jewelry – earrings in bright reds and greens, necklaces in blacks and crimsons – but the iconic shapes were noticeable no matter what team the wearer’s were rooting for. Kendra Scott started in Austin, Texas, so it is not a surprise on the huge market permeation it has across Texas but there is more to Kendra Scott than just pretty jewelry.

Kendra Scott, LLC runs with three core values – Family, Fashion and Philanthropy. Kendra Scott herself is a strong female CEO who has giving at the front and center of everything she does. “I was inspired to create a business that did something more, that gave back to the community in real, meaningful ways.” Kendra Scott it seems is very similar to our own Kathy Eberwein. Social Responsibility is one of Global Edge’s five core values and is at the heart of several of the programs we run throughout the year. Global Edge continues to help the local community through YMCA programs and has been a long time supporter of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association through local events and fundraisers. In addition, Global Edge has supported Right 2 Thrive. Down the road, Kathy hopes that through her successes at Global Edge she will be able to build an orphanage and school to help children in Africa.

Global Edge is excited to be partnering with Kendra Scott on Market Street in The Woodlands for the second year. Employees as Global Edge have worked to host an event on Tuesday, March 28th to benefit the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. At this Kendra Gives Back event, Kendra Scott will donate 20% of all proceeds raised to the PHA, with a focus on research, education, and awareness for this disease. We could not be more pleased to support a company with similar values and an association with a cause near and dear to us.

And then as looked back down at the field, it was halftime of The Woodlands High School game against Austin Lake Travis, and another inspiring sight was to be seen. The marching band of Austin Lake Travis had formed a #21 in honor of Grant Milton, the Woodlands Highlander player who had emergency brain surgery following an injury sustained during a game on November 26th. The community has been rallying behind the high school senior and his family, and it was refreshing to see the rivals reach out and support The Woodlands High School community as well. Keeping in the spirit of giving, Global Edge sponsored a bus with SNG transportation to transport local Woodlands residents to the game to raise money for the #MiltonStrong campaign.

In these times where the news seems to be focused on the negative, we are proud to be working to give back to our global communities and to be partnering with some great companies. While the oil and gas industry may ebb and flow, the tide of giving will always be at the center of Global Edge and we look forward to doing more good in 2017.

Julie Kennedy, Controller

Automated Recruitment– Not On Your Nelly Sunshine!

So, my blog is in direct relation to a post I responded to recently on the web. An Online Recruitment Expert claimed in his post that the end of the traditional Recruitment Agency is nigh and rise of the automated Recruiter is upon us. Of

Of course I felt compelled to reply, instantly!

He (shall remain nameless) states, with a flick of a switch (and the use of complicated algorithms/ logarithms) – machines will replace humans in the search, selection and headhunting arena.

What a load of old tripe! James Cameron could not have written a better storyline – wait, he already did!!!

Over my 19-year Recruitment career, I’ve been involved in every aspect (good, bad & ugly) of the recruitment process. There isn’t a computer in the world that could mop up a tear, jump up in excitement or pull out the last few remaining hairs on my head – all the emotions we Recruiters experience, usually on a daily basis and usually before lunch.

Don’t get me wrong – Technology has made the whole process a billion times easier – well, let me rephrase that – Technology has made communication a billion times easier – Recruitment to me, will always be matching the right person to the right job at the right time.

I still remember sifting through archived files of paper Resumes, manually formatting them using a typewriter and hand delivering profiles to client because the fax machine kept jamming. We met almost every candidate – there was no email or internet, and you were lucky to have any sort of database. Sales involved going through the local telephone directory and chasing hot leads by going through the classifieds in the local newspaper.

Some of you may read this and think recruitment used to be primitive, almost prehistoric – and you’d be correct. It’s these experiences that teach you the principals of Recruitment, those years slogging through your evenings and weekends to fill ‘that’ job.

So, my point is – like so many failed ‘dating websites’ that claim to match the perfect couples, automated systems that match up people simply don’t work. Ask yourself, why do we not have automated Referees, Umpires or Adjudicators in Sport – I am sure it’s possible to program a computer the laws of any game, so why don’t we use them – Simple, People want to, and enjoy interacting with People – we gauge so much in each other’s tone of voice, body language and emotion – we are social creatures, spoilt by technology.

In a world dominated by social media and faceless communication, every once in a while, it’s nice to have that phone conversation or face-to-face meet – it makes us feel alive, and that’s certainly something a computer isn’t.

So Mr. Automation, I am sorry – I don’t agree with your statements forecasting our imminent recruitment doom – when careers, lives and households are at stake, I want to hear a friendly, informed, professional voice – rather like my own !!

 

Jason Hitchen; Business Development Manager

Global Edge Named Finalist at 4th Annual Oil and Gas Awards

The Global Edge Consultants is proud to announce that for the third consecutive time, our company has been nominated for Recruitment Agency of the Year for the Oil and Gas Awards-Texas Region!

The Recruitment Agency of the Year Award recognizes third party recruitment and manpower service provision to clients in the region. In a hugely competitive marketplace, requiring skilled talent, efficient recruiters enable clients to focus on other business critical matters; safe in the knowledge a suitable pool of talent is coming through this channel.

It is a tremendous honor and we look forward to being recognized for our contributions to the oil and gas industry during the Gulf Coast Awards Gala Dinner on November 3rd, 2016.

Oil & Gas Awards

 

The Oil & Gas Awards recognize the outstanding achievements made within the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the North American oil and gas industry. The Awards are a platform for the industry to demonstrate and celebrate the advances made in the key areas of environment, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health and safety. The Awards show the industry’s motivation to develop by recognizing and rewarding the efforts of corporations and individuals. For more information about the Oil & Gas Awards visit the website: www.oilandgasawards.com

The Global Edge Gives Back- YMCA Operation Backpack

Education is not a tool for development – individual, community and the nation. It is the foundation for our future. It is empowerment to make choices and emboldens the youth to chase their dreams.” Nita Ambani 

 

It’s the time of year again when the beginning of the school year is almost in sight! The YMCA has given the Global Edge the wonderful opportunity to impact the lives of over of half of Houston’s children through Operation Backpack. Between now and August 12, 2016, we will be collecting supplies for donation. You can help us by:

  1. 1. Purchase a backpack
  2. 2. Fill it with school supplies (a list is provided for guidance)
  3. 3. Drop it off at our office
  4. 4. Feel rewarded for helping children in our community!
  5. 5. Tell your friends and family members about this initiative and encourage participation! Offer to drop off their donations and ask any teachers you know about ways to save money!
  6. 6. If you can’t go shopping but still want to help, make a financial contribution online at https://www.ymcahouston.org/operation-backpack/online-donations/
  7. 7. Donate any school supplies that you can if you are unable to do a backpack

Other ways you can help:

There are so many children in need in our community, and we have the power to make a difference so please get involved! If you have any questions about where or how to drop off, get a Global Edge team member to pick up your donation or how to support Global Edge’s donation effort, please contact Julie Kennedy at Julie@theglobaledgeconsultants.com

For any questions regarding Operation Backpack, email ymcaoperationbackpack@ymcahouston.org

We here at the Global Edge want to thank you for your support and generosity in making a difference in Houston’s youth!

Written by: Victoria E., Intern

Flood Safety Tips

Flood Safety Tips

 In Texas, flash flooding is a realistic danger and with the recent weather in the Houston area we figured a refresher on flood safety tips was just what our readers needed! Staying safe during a flood is a matter of preparation and planning. If you live in an area of recurrent or likely flooding, it is important to have a plan of action. In order to keep yourself and loved ones safe, there are a few things to keep in mind.

One: if flash flood warnings are announced, be sure to have an area of higher ground to retreat to. A second story of a home or public building nearby your residence that you can easily get to is key. Although some may think the following statement is obvious, try to avoid any type of driving or commuting when there is heavy rain and potential flooding.

If it isn’t absolutely necessary, do your best to stay indoors. According to https://www.ready.gov/floods, “just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down”, and “2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away”. If you must walk outside, make sure you aren’t in rushing water. National Geographic recommends using “a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.” But the best alternative is to stay indoors as much as possible.

Also, if you have children, it’s wise to educate them about what to do and where to go in case a flood occurs beforehand, so they don’t panic in the moment. Next, be prepared. According to http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/floods-safety-tips/, they advise you to “pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don’t forget to include needed medications.” This way, in case you need to evacuate, you can do so in a timely manner and don’t have to worry about forgetting anything.

The National Geographic also warns you to “disconnect electrical appliances” in order to avoid electrocution. The best way to handle a natural disaster is to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Leave nothing to chance and take all precautions to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you.

For more information on flood safety you can visit: http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

Written by: Victoria E. , Intern

Global Edge Gives Back: Right2Thrive

Right2Thrive is an organization that establishes locally based programs to improve living conditions in poverty and establish self-sustaining communities. Right2Thrive flourishes off the belief that education and everyday skill training are keys to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty. They work as partner to that said community to build programs that help locals learn, develop, and strive off their new skills.

The programs provide the residents of the community with skills to develop new businesses, develop leadership skills, and help the residents increase the likelihood of financial means to send their family to school and improve their overall health and living. This year, The Global Edge worked with Right2Thrive in Kenya. Kenya is an extremely poverty stricken country where most of the families are not able to provide, so most children sadly end up in an orphanage. Not because the family no longer desires them, but because the family simply does not have the means to support them. This is why Right2Thrive in Kenya has decided to launch programs to keep these families, and future families, together.

The ladies in Kenya produced purses out of recycled supplies such as the local newspaper, magazines, etc. The Global Edge distributed the purses, along with a small presentation about Right2Thrive, at our 2016 Holiday Party and they were a great hit! We were also able to raise an additional donation for Right2Thrive. This donation abled the organization to add three new students to their Education Scholarship Program.

Pictured below is Shailla. Shailla is 8 years old and lives with her Aunt who has newborn twin boys. This is Shailla’s first time enrolled in school and she is so excited! We at the Global Edge are just as excited for her and can’t wait to see what she does!

If you would like to read more about Right2Thrive, or make a donation, please visit the link below:

http://www.right2thrive.org/

Nicole Goodson, Payroll and Invoicing Administrator