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Wells Fargo employees get time off to volunteer

Shirley Burns, David Decker, and Sandy Whitver have been awarded a Volunteer Leave Award from Wells Fargo. These awards are presented annually to a select group of Wells Fargo team members and enable them to take up to four months off, while still receiving full pay and benefits, to focus on a community-based volunteer project of their choice.  These three individuals are among 24 Wells Fargo team members across the country to receive an award this year.

Shirley Burns
Operations Analyst
Wells Fargo Technology & Operations, Chandler
Burns will receive 45 days of paid leave supporting the Back-to-School Clothing Drive Stiches of Love program.  The organization’s mission is to provide new school uniforms and outfits, backpacks and school supplies for children in need.  She will create a filing system and database to help the organization keep track of donors, business partners, volunteers, and participating schools. Burns resides in Mesa.

David Decker
Operations Manager
Community Banking Business Direct, Phoenix
Decker will receive three weeks of paid leave to support Justa Center of Phoenix.  The Center is a day resource center for elderly homeless people, age 55 and older. Justa Center is the only senior-focused day center in the U.S. and its mission is to help members address the problems that led to their homeless situation, which can include catastrophic medical issues, job loss, substance abuse, and/or mental health issues. Decker will work with Justa Center directors to establish a nonprofit estate moving business that will to move clients’ belongs into new housing.  The decision to move forward with this project was approved some time ago, but they were unable to proceed because they did not have a dedicated resource.  Decker will fill that need during his leave.  Decker resides in Cave Creek.

Sandy Whitver
Operations Analyst
Wells Fargo Technology & Operations, Chandler
Whitver will receive one week of paid leave to the Back-to-School Clothing Drive New Beginnings program.  During her leave, Whitver will help prepare for and participate in New Clothes, New Beginnings, a week-long distribution held in July where approximately 6,000 pre-selected Title 1 students come and pick up a back pack containing school supplies, a school uniform, personal items , and select an outfit and accessories.  Whitver resides in Deer Valley.

“Wells Fargo team members from across Arizona are out in our communities making a difference in the lives of others on a daily basis,” said Pam Conboy, Lead Regional President for Wells Fargo Arizona. “Each year our team members volunteer their time and talent in communities across the country, helping thousands of individuals, families, and nonprofit groups. Our Volunteer Leave Program is one way that we honor this community involvement, and recognize our most exceptional team member volunteers like Shirley, David and Sandy.”

Wells Fargo’s Volunteer Leave Program was established in 1976. Wells Fargo team members who have been with the company for five years, and who meet other criteria, may apply. Winners are chosen annually based on their personal commitment to the organization, their proposed project, and the potential impact that their project goals will have on addressing a specific social issue.

Wells Fargo encourages team members to get involved in the communities where they live and work. In 2012, 57,036 team members reported a total of 1.5 million community involvement and volunteer hours, an 8.2% increase over 2011, and a contribution valued at $32.7 million1. Examples of volunteer activities included Habitat for Humanity builds; restoring parks and public land; and delivering financial education to 153,902 individuals and families using Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking® program.

Arizona Unemployment

DES expects delays for some jobless benefits

The Arizona Department of Economic Security says payment of extended unemployment benefits may be delayed by about a week.

The department says it needs to make some computer programming changes as a result of the federal government’s last-minute extension of emergency unemployment benefits.

Congress passed the legislation and President Barack Obama signed it this week.

DES says payments for the week ending Saturday may be delayed by up to seven business days as programming is completed and payments are generated.

The department says people exhausting benefits for the first 26 weeks of coverage should file for emergency extended benefits so those claims can be processed as quickly as possible.

Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking.

Tech Q&A: What is cloud computing?

Question: What is cloud computing?

Answer: Everyone is talking about cloud computing.  So, what exactly is it and it is right for your business? Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet).

The real question is should you use a hosted or non-hosted cloud? In other words, does your company want to own the system or lease it?

We’re firm believers that owning is a better solution. There are so many variables in cloud computing that no one takes into consideration. Where are you geographically located? How reliable is your internet connect? Can you survive without access to your cloud system? These are just a few things to think about.

Some benefits of cloud computing are lower overhead and system maintenance. Lower cost of ownership and upgrades. To determine which solution is best you really need to sit with a IT consultant and map out the big picture of your company.

Eric Marcus is CEO of Tempe-based Marcus Networking, which specializes in telecommunications centered on phone systems, cabling, and the network infrastructure also known as the “backbone.” Read more about Eric Marcus in the January issue of Az Business magazine.

Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking.

Tech Q&A: Outsourcing vs. consultant

Question: In this economy, does it make more sense to outsource IT or utilize a consultant?
 
Answer: Outsourcing is more cost effective than a full time person and you gain 24/7 support, whereas an employee only works a certain shift like 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Outsourcing means you are getting more than just a single person who manages your network. You are a getting a team of experienced technicians who can handle all areas of telecommunications and technology.

Let’s say you have an IT issue in the middle of the night, Marcus Networking has the ability to connect remotely to most computers and take control of the user’s session and see what’s going on.  We can provide hands-on support without being onsite. Most issues are resolved within 15 minutes and that’s faster than it would be to wake a sleeping employee, have them get dressed and drive to the office.

If we find a problem with parts or equipment, we can generally purchase a replacement component and be on-site and have the issue fixed within an hour or two of the diagnosis.  Again, much more efficient than waiting for the employee to get to work and diagnose what’s going on.

In today’s marketplace, outsourcing is about 45 percent less than the cost of a full time employee.  When you consider salary, benefits, payroll taxes, mandatory workman’s compensation, vacation days, sick days, 401K’s or a bonus plan it adds up quickly. Outsourcing is an affordable option for many businesses who wish to get a higher level of work.

Eric Marcus is CEO of Tempe-based Marcus Networking, which specializes in telecommunications centered on phone systems, cabling, and the network infrastructure also known as the “backbone.” Read more about Eric Marcus in the January issue of Az Business magazine.