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  • Nicholas Upton 11:34 am on February 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    EPG Holiday Party Slideshow 

    Take a look at the EPG holiday party! We had a lot of fun playing minute-to-win-it games and eating way too much candy.

    Of course there was an ugly sweater contest too, congratulations to Becca for taking home the gold!

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  • The Staff 10:08 am on February 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: HR update, information, time off, W2   

    HR Update: Protecting Your Info, Time Off and W2s 

    Please see below for three important messages from the EPG Media human resources department. If you have any questions about these or other personnel-related matters, please contact Gerald Winkel (gwinkel@specialtyim.com) or Mary Jo Tomei (mtomei@specialtyim.com).

    Protecting Your Information

    The American Payroll Association is cautioning employers to advise employees to be mindful of what they post online as it pertains to their jobs and confidential documents. As reported recently by various media, a search of the popular photo sharing site Instagram reveals hundreds of photos of individuals displaying their paychecks. Information included in the photos of these paychecks, such as confidential bank routing numbers and checking account numbers, can provide criminals all the information needed to commit bank fraud and identity theft. Using this information, a crime ring in Minnesota was able to create duplicate checks and steal money from banks and employers. The U.S. Attorney’s office is labeling the incident as the largest identify theft ring ever seen in the state. It is important for employers to educate employees on what is and isn’t acceptable online behavior when it relates directly to their jobs. Posting a photo of a confidential document from a company, such as a paycheck, can have far-reaching repercussions.

    New Time Off Request Link

    The time off form for all employees is now located at http://epgmediallc.com/time-off-request. Please update your bookmarks accordingly if you’ve been using any of the older links.

    2014 W2 Forms Now Available

    Tax forms are now available for all employees on iReports. To access them in My TotalSource, navigate to the Reporting tab and select internet reports in the left navigation. The W2 Forms were also mailed on January 26 to all employees.

     
  • The Staff 8:31 am on February 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: new year's, resolution,   

    Survey: What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? 

    It’s only mid-February, so hopefully you haven’t abandoned your New Year’s Resolution yet. If you have, better luck next year. Either way, what did you promise yourself on January 1? Take our survey and share your 2015 goals!

     

     
  • The Staff 8:23 am on February 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: photos, , vacations   

    Summer Vacation Photos 

    In a previous edition of the EPG Newsletter, we asked for descriptions and photos from employees’ vacations. There were only two responses this time, but the photos are great so check them out!

    And be sure to participate in the most recent survey, which asks about New Year’s Resolutions.

     
  • Christopher Gerber 1:12 am on February 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , wordpress   

    February Web Projects Update 

    Websites

    Goodbye, Oxcyon!

    Just squeaking by in 2014, the last of the company websites hosted on Oxcyon were moved over to WordPress. All of the sites moved over the past year were created and are being housed on the EhlertMedia.com multisite (Information about WordPress Multisite can be found here).

    Now that all of the sites have been moved over, we’ll be taking time to go back and tighten up parts of the site that may have been ignored or patched poorly while trying to get the sites switched. A training session on WordPress is also planned for the coming weeks.

    Please continue to send me any requests as well as submit issues or questions to epgmediallc.com/web-request.

    Enewsletters

    More newsletters are being moved to an automated deployment system based on RSS feeds. RSS-based newsletters will make it easier and less laborious to rapidly deploy newsletters.

    Keep this fact in mind as you plan redesigns.

     
  • Christopher Gerber 12:01 am on February 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Profiles   

    Quick-Fire Questions with Allison Turnberg 

    Quick questions to get to know the Plymouth office’s newest resident.

    Name:

    Allison Turnberg

    Aliases:

    Ally. I’ll go by either.

    Code names:

    None? An alias and a code name sounds like a lot to keep track of!

    Job Title:

    Editorial Assistant

    Describe what you do to a complete stranger in 7 words:

    Copy editing/data entry for a magazine.

    What magazines do you work on?

    Thunder Press.

    Pets?

    Two fluffy Siberian Huskies who are best friends. And one grouchy Australian Shepherd.

    If yes, do you take pictures of them?

    SO. MANY. PICTURES.

    If yes again, can we see a picture?

    Shockingly, no one ever asks to see pictures of my dogs. So yes, yes you can.

    If you weren’t working right now, what would you be doing?

    I’d like to say training for my first half marathon, but that would probably be a lie. Watching Netflix, maybe.

    Have you ever stolen a pen that writes exceptionally well from a restaurant?

    Never! I was a server all throughout college and I know how much they cherish their pens.

    What skills do you have that could come in handy during an inter-office talent competition?

    Throwing people in the air, definitely. (See “obscure hobbies” below.)

    If you were a month of the year, which one would you be?

    September. Perfect weather! (Usually.)

    Where do you live and where have you lived?

    Other than a short stint in Duluth, I’ve pretty much stayed in Minneapolis my whole life.

    Which would you rather fight: one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses? Why?

    The duck-sized horses. I’m not really sure, but they sound somewhat less menacing.

    Last song you listened to?

    Uptown Funk. And it’s always stuck in my head!

    First song you listened to?

    I have no memory of this, but I’ve been told the Barney theme song was my jam.

    Do you have any obscure hobbies?

    Does Cheerleading Coach count as obscure?

    Do you want to write for the company newsletter?

    Actually? Yeah!

    Do you think writing for the company newsletter could be considered an obscure hobby?

    I still think that counts as falling under the “work” umbrella!


    And now you know Ally Turnberg in 30 seconds.

     
  • Jeremy Nedelka 1:34 am on February 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adam rogers, beverage, handbooks, information and insights, research   

    Employee Profile: Adam Rogers 

    adamrogers

    Adam Rogers, Manager of Information Services, Beverage Information & Insights Group

    I recently sat down with Adam Rogers, the Manager of Information Services for the Beverage Information & Insights Group, to find out a little more about his work history and home life. For those of you who haven’t met Adam, here’s a little glimpse into what makes him tick.

     

    How did you come to work with the beverage research team?

    I was previously at Millward Brown, a global advertising research company. At that job I became comfortable with the vast amounts of data I have to sift through on a daily basis. I started here as a research analyst in 2007, before moving into my current position a couple years ago.

    Before working in research, I got myself through college working a lot of trade jobs like landscaping, HVAC and painting – so I also have that going for me.

     

    What exactly do you do on the research team?

    I work in the handbooks division, which puts out 10 data books and 2-3 additional reports each year on every part of the beverage industry, including liquor, wine and beer sales. We track twelve categories in the spirits market alone, and every handbook contains tens of thousands of data points and historical data, sometimes going back many decades.

     

    What’s your favorite part of working in your current position?

    Identifying trends in the industry.

     

    What’s your life like outside of work?

    I live in the coastal community of Milford, CT, with my wife, our three-year-old son and six-year-old Border Collie. My hobbies including chasing my son around, but I also enjoy the outdoors – especially going hiking. I also have a passion for cooking great food and entertaining.

     

    What do you like to drink when you go out?

    I’m a typical Millennial consumer, since I drink based on the occasion. I like craft beer, Bourbon and red wine, depending what the situation calls for.

     

    What’s one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?

    I can wiggle my ears.

     

    There you have it. If you’re curious about the handbooks division (and who wouldn’t be?) and want to find out more, visit http://www.bevinfostore.com. You can also reach Adam at arogers@specialtyim.com. If you’re lucky, maybe he’ll send you a video of himself wiggling his ears.

     
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