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The Boston Red Sox and VeriFirst: A Winning Combination

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Nov 11, 2013

Verifirst would like to extend a hearty congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning the 2013 World Series. Did you know that Verifirst has a history of working with winning teams?

We’re still humming Sweet Caroline in our heads as we offer 5 fun facts about the 2013 baseball champions:

  • The largest crowd at Fenway Park was a Red Sox-Yankees game on Sept 22, 1935 - 47,627. Because of fire-codes, that number is impossible to reach legally now.
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Topics: Employment Background Screening, VeriFirst Insider

Managing Change: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Sep 23, 2013

I am not talking about your significant other's roaring snore, or the television being left on. Instead, I am referencing those daily activities (or lack thereof) in business that cause you to worry at night. For many of us, these thoughts can be boiled down to one common denominator - "Change". 

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting, VeriFirst Insider

Building Value in a Crowded Industry

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 12, 2013

Let me start by defining what I mean by "Building Value".

Value is the perception of the relative worth, merit, or importance of something.  We too often only think of “value” in terms of money, and although price always place a part in a buying decision, other factors play a more important role in building value. I've included seven simple ideas on this concept below. But first, a quick story...and my inspiration for creating this post. 

I was looking for a mildew-removing solution for cleaning a small patch growing up the stucco on my house.  The big box store tried to sell me a large bottle of concentrate that required mixing with bleach, along with rubber gloves, scrub brushes, and goggles.  I passed on the 3 gallon bottle that would create 50 gallons of cleaner, enough for several 3-story houses and instead decided to try the little neighborhood hardware store near my home.

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Topics: VeriFirst Insider

Waking Up with Malaria: What Africa Taught Me About Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jul 01, 2013

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, VeriFirst Insider

The Just Because Factor

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

On a recent United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Philadelphia, I was moved by a statement our captain made over the PA system. The afternoon began with an expected flight delay due to severe weather in Middle America. Subsequently, we were given a 7 hour flight path taking us from California down to Texas, over to Florida and up the east coast to Pennsylvania. The flight attendants "please take your seats" announcement was followed by the captain telling us to keep our seat belts fastened until we reached a safe altitude. Pretty standard stuff. What he said once we reached that altitude is what got my attention.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Human Resources, VeriFirst Insider

F***! Why I Love the Using the "F" Word in Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Mar 10, 2013

Yes, I am are serious. I love the "F" word.

It's a four letter verb that I use (and do) often. Just ask around our office (even Human Resources). It has helped define and develop many of my best business relationships; and has also resulted in my complete rejection. 

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, VeriFirst Insider

8 Tips for Managing Change: (Inspired by my 5 year old.)

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jan 10, 2013

(Photo courtesy of my son, September 2012)

Preparing for change.

A few months ago, my 5 year old was ecstatic about the idea of taking a school bus. It was the beginning of his kindergarten year. No more pre-school, this was the big time! The concept of something new, both big and bold, intrigued him. To his younger brothers, he was a pioneer of change. 

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Topics: VeriFirst Insider