5 “Do It Yourself” Projects for August

August is here, and all of us at 600 Global are soaking up the last of the summer months. But don’t let the prospect of fall get you down. Check out these five fun ideas to keep the last month of summer as productive as possible.

  1. Are you a fan of S’Mores? Why not make the hassle less and the convenience more by lining a terra cotta flower pot with aluminum, add some charcoal and voila, you have table-top s’mores! Check out more here

 

2. Want some cool outdoor lighting for your end of summer party? Wrap some tea lights around a hula hoop and find an easy way to secure it to the ceiling and you have some very groovy lighting. Check out more about the hula-hoop chandelier here

 

 

3. Summer light can be one of the nicest parts of the warmer months – make your own suncatchers by using some muffin pans and colorful plastic beads. Melt them into cool shapes and sizes at 400º Fahrenheit in the oven and then, once they’ve cooled, drill a hole to attach some string and hang them near any window with sunlight.

4. Head on over to the nearest craft store and pick up some painted lanterns with glass windows. Print out some of your favorite photos and paste them to the inside of the lanterns, facing out. Not only do these make a lovely gift, but a nice decoration.

5. Save your usable mason jars, and using an oil based paint marker, create some fun and funky vases or pen-holders to put around the house. All you need to do is draw directly on the glass and voila, you’ve made some more cool decorations.Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 10.10.49 AM.png

All these ideas and more and the perfect way to make August a productive last month of summer, and the best thing? You can use most of these projects all year around. From all of us at 600 Global, we hope you enjoy the last of summer and find something fun to spend the time. Follow 600 Global on Instagram to see what we’re up to during the month of August!

5 “Do It Yourself” Projects for August

How to Make It Through the Summer Sports Slump

At one point, 600 Global had the luxury of watching the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Coyotes, and the Arizona Cardinals, all at the same time. It was that small time of year when three of the four major sports collided and there was a game on almost every night of the week.

Unfortunately, none of the Phoenix teams qualified for the playoffs in their respective sport, and everyone at 600 Global was left with nothing to cheer for. One minute you’re watching 3 teams a week, the next, all their seasons are over.

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Football season ended in February, the Stanley Cup ended in June, and the NBA Finals wrapped up shortly after. So now were left with the question, what is there to watch?

Well, it may not be the most exciting answer, but the answer is baseball.

There’s a certain stretch during the year where there’s still a crossover of three sports: baseball, basketball, and hockey (although it’s usually the playoffs for basketball and hockey). It may not be as exciting as football or if your teams aren’t included in the playoffs, but nonetheless, it’s a good transition into the summer sports slump.

The summer sports slump refers to the time period in June and July where there’s nothing to watch except for baseball. It’s the only time of the year where only one professional sport is actively playing and needless to say, it gets boring.

It’s upsetting just to think about it but keep your hopes alive, you’ll get through it.

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The good news is that the Arizona Diamondbacks look promising. They have a young team and they’re already proving they can play ball. They’re playing in arguably the toughest division in baseball and are still posting a good record. That’s impressive.

Another reason to be optimistic is that believe it or not, baseball games offer arguably the best fan experience. Whether it’s a game after work or a day game on the weekend, it’s almost impossible to not have a good time.

Also, the MLB is 162 games long which give you about 4-6 games a week to watch. That’s a lot of sports for one week. It can certainly give you your fix for sports for a few months before football season picks up again.

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While we endure the summer sports slump just remain optimistic, baseball season is alive and well. While it may not be your favorite sport, you can count on 600 Global to be cheering for the Diamondbacks until the Cardinals are back in action.

How to Make It Through the Summer Sports Slump

5 Fun Facts About Flag Day

All of us at 600 Global are very proud to be an American company. In fact, since our beginning in 1999, 600 Global has expanded to 80 offices all around the United States. While the 600 in our name reflects our outstanding goal to open 600 offices internationally, we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate the significance of our United States flag and the celebration of Flag day on June 14th.

On May 30th, 1916, Woodrow Wilson declared Flag day a holiday. However, it wasn’t until August 3rd, 1949, that President Harry Truman signed and Act of Congress which made it an official (though not a federal) holiday. These two acts designated Flag day as a day to appreciate the American Flag in all of its history, and the sacrifices that went into the independence of our country.

In case you’ve never heard of the holiday before now, we put together a list of some interesting facts about the American Flag.

1. While the popular story is that Philadelphia seamstress, Betsy Ross, was the first to create a stars and stripes American Flag, there is actually no documented proof of this fact. This story originated from her grandson, nearly 100 years later.

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2. The designer of our current flag is a man named Robert G. Heft. He was 17 and attending school in Ohio when President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a nation-wide search for the perfect design. Heft created the design in his sewing class and it was chosen out of over 1,500 entries. He received a B- on the project, but his flag still flies.

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3. Many Lunar Scientists believe that, due to the harsh environment of the moon, many of the flags that have been placed there, including the American Flag, may be bleached entirely or in varying stages of decomposition. No one has been up very recently to check on them.

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4. While there were originally only 13 stars on the American flag, to represent the original 13 colonies, now there are 50, representing the 50 states. However, there are still only 13 stripes which pay homage to the original 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain.

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5. Pennsylvania, home Betsy Ross, is the only state where Flag Day is truly an official holiday.

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So be sure to mark your calendars and remember a few fun facts about your American flag when June 14th rolls around.

Keep up with 600 Global on our instagram (@600Global).

5 Fun Facts About Flag Day

Trenton Deal on His Personal Sports Preferences [Insight]

During a brief conversation with Trenton Deal, a team leader at 600 Global, we discovered his likes and dislikes in the sports world.

Q: Who is your all-time favorite championship team in any sport? — Why? 

A: 2008 Golf Ryder Cup. At that point in time, Tiger [Woods] was still at his prime golfing years. 

Sidenote: The USA defeated Europe 16.5 to 11.5.

Q: What’s one player you cannot stand in any sport? Why can’t you stand him/her?

A: I cannot stand Bubba Watson. He is always looking for someone else to blame besides himself. That’s not the trait of a real winner. 

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Sidenote: Last Majors win was in the 2014 Masters Tournament.

Q: Do you have a favorite player? (Why is he or she so great?)

A: My favorite player right now is Rory McIlroy. I’d say he has the best swing on tour right now. If he can work on his consistency he’ll be in great shape. 

Sidenote: Rory hasn’t won a Major since 2014.

Q: What’s your favorite sports memory of all time?

A: Tiger Woods winning the 2008 U.S Open. To this day has to be one of the greatest last rounds in golf. 

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Sidenote: Home of the iconic Tiger Woods putt and celebration.

Q: What is one sports venue you want to visit before you die?

A: I would really like to see the Ryder Cup because of its significance, and the energy that the tournament brings. 

Sidenote: The Ryder Cup typically is the rowdiest and most competitive tournament professional golf offers.

At 600 Global we believe that competition inspires greatness, and sports are a testament to that. 600 Global prides itself on being a business developer and aims to be the best at what they do, similarly to these athletes mentioned above (besides Bubba Watson). Success is the goal and just like these athletes, it’s exactly what we strive for.

Trenton Deal on His Personal Sports Preferences [Insight]

Happy 18th Birthday 600 Global! Interview with our CEO [PART 3]

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Back in April, we began an interview mini-series with the founder of 600 Global in celebration of our company’s 18th anniversary. This month, we caught up with Michael again to learn a little more about the people and practices that help him reach his own goals and have positioned him to guide others in fulfilling their own.

Now the CEO of a company with over 80 offices and approximately 600 employees across the United States, he has come a long way from the 10-year-old who wanted to be a fighter pilot after seeing Top Gun. Like many successful individuals, Michael credits much of his success those who have supported and mentored him in his endeavors. He names God, his wife, and Bob Proctor as a few. When it comes to business, he stresses the importance of having a student mentality and never thinking you’re too important to learn from someone.

“I’m a good student of anyone that’s doing a better job than I am. The world is way different than when I started in 1999. I actually learn a ton from newer entrepreneurs, so many of them come to the table with fresh ideas. It’s just like that saying, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher appears.’”

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Any employer can testify that it’s vital to trust the people who work for you, and after 18 years in business, Michael knows this all too well. He explains that he’s learned this lesson after giving certain people the benefit of the doubt before they deserved it. “I wanted more for them than they wanted for themselves. But I can only be part of the equation.” It’s through these experiences that he has developed a high standard for what it takes to earn his trust. But he doesn’t believe in mistakes.

 

“As an entrepreneur, you’re going to try things and they’re not going to work, and you’re just kind of going to go back to the drawing board, learn from it, and keep going.”

These days, he seeks out employees who are self-driven, “down for whatever,” and above all, full of grit. He doesn’t care what you look like, who your dad is, or where you went to college. “Talent loses to grit every time. That’s what I’m looking for. I want a badass.”

Keep an eye out for the conclusion to this series over on the 600 Global blog!

 

Happy 18th Birthday 600 Global! Interview with our CEO [PART 3]

A Day in the Life of 600 Global HR Director, Jenny McGuire

Jennifer, Jenny, McGuire, graduated from Elmhurst College in 2005 with a degree in Political Science and Government. She credits this degree as a contributing factor to her understanding about the do’s and don’ts of the legal aspect of the Human Relations department for 600 Global.

Jenny McGuireAs the director of HR, McGuire had a few positive tips for making a resumé more significant and noteworthy among other applicants. First, she advised, it is always a good idea to include some kind of personal objectives. Doing so gives the company a better idea of where a certain candidate may see him- or herself with the company in the future. For some reason, more and more people are excluding the personal objectives section from resumes, but remembering to tell a possible employer what you’d like to be doing is never a bad idea.

At 600 Global they look for resumes that have been proofread and clearly thought out, so McGuire advises to always be sure that you’ve researched the job you’re applying to. Candidates who show they’ve done their research and are already putting work into the application process will most definitely stand out from others.

McGuire has worked for 600 Global for six and a half years now, supporting two wonderful kids and a husband at home. Prior to becoming the head of HR at 600 Global, she had experience with both Lifetime Fitness as well as the weight loss company, Jenny Craig.

Jenny and her two kidsEven working from her home, just outside of Chicago, Illinois, McGuire maintains an “in the office” mindset.

This ensures that she will continue to be productive and motivated to work even amid the distractions that being at home can provide. Waking up early is key, McGuire gets up at 6:30 every morning to prepare herself for the day. Keeping this routine even though she may not be leaving the house for the day ensures that she stays motivated to work and not just stay in for a lazy day.

Coming from working in the health industry, McGuire stressed the importance of prioritizing your health, even during a busy work day.

“If you take care of yourself, you’re always going to be happier and less stressed. Give yourself 30 minutes to an hour a day, a short period of time just to take care of yourself and get some kind of exercise. If I wasn’t healthy or happy I wouldn’t be good at my work or able to focus on taking care of my family.”

Ultimately, McGuire has loved the last six and a half years working for 600 Global and despite the fact that she’s received recruitment offers from other companies she would never consider leaving.

“What can I say? I like the company, I like watching people succeed, and I like that we do that.”

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A Day in the Life of 600 Global HR Director, Jenny McGuire

600 Global Employee Review

Testimonial by 600 Global employee, Shawn Cannata:

“In the time that I’ve worked for 600 Global (one year), I have grown both personally and professionally. I have learned how to be a strong leader. I have learned how to develop people and coach them on how to be successful, not just in work but in life. I’ve become a more confident person inside and outside of work.”

“I feel the most important thing I’ve learned is that anyone can be successful if they put their mind to it (what you think about you become). It’s all about loving what you do and having a purpose. I love the people and the company I work for and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. There’s no seniority and unlimited growth for those willing to work hard to accomplish their goals.”

600 Global Employee Review