New Nelson beCAUSE Corporate Philanthropy Program

Nelson is pleased to announce the launch of Nelson beCAUSE, our new corporate philanthropy program. Offering a variety of options for non-profit organizations interested in obtaining support from Nelson, the Nelson beCAUSE program is designed to strengthen the communities in which Nelson employees live, work and play, through volunteerism, investment, and inspiring others to share our passion for giving back beCAUSE we care. The program will also help bolster the significant individual philanthropic efforts of Nelson employees and branches.

The beCAUSE program consists of three specific program components:

  1. beCAUSE grants available to qualifying 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.
  2. Matching gifts to qualifying 501(c)3 non-profit organizations
  3. A Nelson employee volunteer program

“Nelson has a long history of company-wide philanthropic generosity, with founder Gary Nelson leading by example by supporting a variety of organizations, causes, and people in need,” said Joe Madigan, Nelson’s chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to launch the Nelson beCAUSE program to maximize and track the impact of the philanthropic efforts of our company–and our employees–throughout all the regions we serve.”

Nelson family members and employees have contributed not only financial support but also thousands of hours of volunteer time to important causes. The company’s philosophy of giving has resulted in significant recognition, frequently alongside companies that are much larger and have significantly more resources. For example, Nelson was recently ranked 18 out of the top 100 corporate philanthropists in the Bay Area. While many other organizations use corporate social responsibility solely as a means of generating good press, Nelson has a longstanding history of giving for giving’s sake–giving beCAUSE we care. The beCAUSE program is designed to continue that tradition.

To learn more about Nelson’s beCAUSE corporate philanthropy program and see photos of Nelson volunteer efforts, visit our Nelson beCAUSE webpage.

List Honors Top North Bay Companies

With five offices throughout Marin, Napa, and Sonoma counties, Nelson is not only one of the top employers in the North Bay but also one of the top revenue-generating companies in the region. In the recent NorthBay biz 500 issue, which lists the 500 top North Bay companies by revenue, Nelson was selected in the 28th spot. This ranking represents the highest of any North Bay staffing company in 2018, with no other staffing companies cracking the top 100. It also represents five years of steady growth for the Sonoma-headquartered Nelson.

“We are pleased to be included within the top 30 businesses in the North Bay on this year’s NorthBay biz 500 list,” said Joe Madigan, Nelson’s chief executive officer. “The North Bay is where our company was founded, and it’s where many of our internal employees, contract employees, and company partners are proud to call home. To be named in this list alongside such other prominent top North Bay companies is a true honor.”

This year’s NorthBay biz 500 list was compiled from submissions from throughout the North Bay. Top North Bay companies to also make this year’s list include  Keysight Technologies, Medtronic Vascular, Restoration Hardware, Autodesk, and BioMarin Pharmaceutical, among many others.

See the full list on the NorthBay biz website.


About NorthBay biz magazine

NorthBay biz magazine is a monthly business-to-business publication covering Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties. This year, the magazine is celebrating 43 years of continuous operation. It originally hit the stands in 1975, when it was called Sonoma Business, and only covered Sonoma County. The magazine is committed to fresh ideas, supporting the vitality of the region and the overall pursuit of publishing excellence, including responsible reporting; in-depth analysis; top-notch, original, local coverage; and a dedication to serving the best business interests of the community. It publishes 16 issues annually (12 monthly and four bonus issues).

Robust salary guide and California Workplace Trends Report and help employers understand economic conditions and build a roadmap to business success in 2018

Nelson is pleased to announce the release of our 2018 Advisor and Salary Guide: a comprehensive resource designed to help California employers compete for talent. Featuring locally-tailored salary data for more than 200 positions in a variety of markets throughout California, Nelson’s Advisor and Salary Guide is a robust resource eagerly awaited by hundreds of California companies each year.

This year, Nelson’s Advisor and Salary Guide includes our second annual Workplace Trends Report, which shares insights regarding statewide workplace trends. The report was generated from a proprietary survey of more than 650 business leaders throughout California and examines the economic and workforce-related trends and factors influencing business success. This year’s report compares year-over-year survey responses, providing a unique snapshot of subtle regional changes that can indicate larger trends and patterns. A wide variety of company types, sizes, and industries were represented, with respondents hailing from more than 100 industries in 20 counties throughout the state.

“With continued low unemployment rates, we’re starting to see increasing wage pressures in many California markets,” said Joe Madigan, chief executive officer of Nelson. “Employers need to understand the nuances of their specific markets, including competitive compensation packages, to plan for the resources it will take to attract and keep talent in a challenging 2018 recruiting and retention environment.”

The Workplace Trends Report in Nelson’s 2018 Advisor and Salary Guide reveals key insights into workplace trends important for budgeting for and planning for talent acquisition and retention efforts in the upcoming year. In 2018, overall, employers expect:

  1. Continuing challenges attracting scarce talent.
    Survey respondents again named “talent acquisition and management” the number one business challenge their businesses currently face.
  2. Sustainable growth.
    Employers reported strong economic confidence and being better able to predict and adapt to current growth trends, which are reportedly slowing slightly from the rapid growth pattern of the past several years.
  3. Increasing focus on the importance of talent retention.
    This year, more employers reported that new-hire salaries were holding steady or rising. This reveals that wages-mostly stagnant since the recession-are beginning to creep up, at least for new hires. Despite this, only 2 percent of employers reported providing a standard salary increase of 5 percent or more for current employees. Employers need to be cautious of higher turnover rates caused by employees switching jobs in search of salary increases, more perks, or better benefits.

Each year, leaders of companies who operate in California consult Nelson’s Advisor and Salary Guide for the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate local salary data and workplace trends information specific to the unique California employment landscape. “We rely on Nelson’s Advisor and Salary Guide to help us understand the nuances of our local market and economic conditions,” said Robin Conover, Corporate Accounts Payable Manager for Grocery Outlet. “Each year, we consult several different salary guides. We’ve found the salary ranges in Nelson’s Advisor to be the most accurate, taking into account local nuances and the latest talent supply and demand information. In addition, this year’s Workplace Trends Report gave us a fantastic overview of the trends that are impacting our recruitment and retention efforts. Any employer in California who does not utilize this resource is at a disadvantage when planning for 2018.”

To learn more about Nelson’s 2018 Advisor and Salary Guide and request your copy, which includes the full Workplace Trends Report, visit nelsonjobs.com/advisor.

Nelson Provided More than 500 Toys to Families in Need With Help from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma 

Nelson is well known in many Bay Area communities for our hands-on approach to philanthropic involvement and for creating a culture of compassion for those in need. Together, we’ve collectively raised over $100,000 for the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund. However, there are still people in our communities who need our help.

This holiday season, Nelson’s teams from throughout the state came together to spread holiday cheer for the youngest members of our community by supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County in a variety of ways.

Holiday Toy Drive

Nelson’s Holiday Toy Drive was a tremendous success! Together, Nelson and our partners collected and donated more than 500 toys and supplies to Clubs. Thanks to the generosity of everyone who contributed, many kids received warm coats, blankets, and toys they will treasure.

Volunteer Events

Nelson hosted more than 150 children at a special Santa Land Event in Santa Rosa on December 19th. Kids who attended had the chance to participate in a variety of fun holiday activities, like building gingerbread houses, making sock snowmen, and even learning a dance routine from our special guests–the San Francisco 49ers’ mascot Sourdough Sam and several Gold Rush Girls cheerleaders!

Nelson’s corporate team also spent an afternoon volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma, helping kids make holiday crafts and gifts for loved ones, and enjoy a fun afternoon playing games and singing holiday songs. We’re not sure who had more fun, the kids or the adults!

Here are a few more photos from the toy drive and volunteer events:

Holidays 2017

As always, Nelson’s contributions would not be possible without the generosity and support of our valued partners.

“We thank everyone for their continued support as we stand by all the communities we serve – including those in the North Bay as we rebuild our neighborhoods and livelihoods, and spread holiday cheer to those who lost everything.” says Joe Madigan, Nelson’s CEO. “It was truly heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from our internal teams as well as our community partners.”

It’s mid-December. You’ve hung your holiday decorations and wrapped incredibly thoughtful gifts for your loved ones. Your car’s default radio station plays all holiday music, all the time. You even spearheaded your company’s holiday toy drive, collecting dozens of toys for kids in need. You are rocking your end-of-year game.

But suddenly, it all comes crashing down when you receive an email reminder about your upcoming office celebration. Lurking at the bottom of the email, the dreaded line appears: “Don’t forget to bring a gift for the gift exchange!” What gift exchange? You don’t remember hearing about a gift exchange! The party is tomorrow, and there’s no time to scour the mall or the internet looking for the perfect gift.

Instead of entering panic mode and calling in sick, never fear. You have the workplace experts at Nelson on your side, ready to save the day with last-minute gift ideas. This year, knock your workplace gifting efforts out of the park (even if it is the last-minute!) by giving:

  1. A gift card to the recipient’s favorite lunch or coffee spot.
    Gift cards are always a popular last-minute gift, but giving one can imply that you don’t know the recipient well or didn’t take the time to think of a unique gift.To personalize your gift card by including a related item. Coffee gift card? Place it inside a mug the recipient would love. Gift card to your team’s favorite ramen place? Present it with a festive set of chopsticks. Home improvement store gift card? “Plant” it in a flowerpot with some gardening supplies. Suddenly, the standard gift card is transformed into a memorable gift package.
  2. Snowman soup.
    Like the idea of giving something homemade, but don’t have hours to spend over a hot oven baking and decorating holiday cookies? Need a small gift that won’t break to bank but will let coworkers know you’re thinking of them? Try this recipe for Snowman Soup that’s sure to bring smiles to your coworkers’ faces – no cooking required.Tip: get creative! Try using white hot chocolate powder or adding powdered milk and powdered sugar to your hot chocolate mix to make the base more snowman-like, or adding candy-coated chocolates instead of chocolate kisses for more color. And don’t skimp on the marshmallows!
  3. Unique office accessories.
    Coworkers have a sense of humor? Give a fun decision maker spitball dartboard or paperweight. Have a colleague who is obsessed with organization? Try a geometric-inspired file holder.Looking for a team gift that will foster team bonding? Create an office puzzle or coloring station, and stock it with goodies – or provide a ping-pong set to transform your conference table into a legendary athletic venue worthy of epic ping pong battles. You can even check local tourist spots for locally-specific gifts to adorn your coworkers’ offices in style.
  4. And for the REALLY last-minute gift: personalized subscriptions.
    Whether you need a last-minute gift or a prize for your office’s ugly sweater contest, subscription gifts are the gifts that keep on giving. Nearly anything you can think of is available in subscription form now: snacks, coffee, spices, wines, beauty products, and more. Tip: check your selected subscription gift’s website for a certificate you can print and give immediately. Top with a mini bow for the full holiday effect.

Even if you need a gift right now (darn that overly generous woman in accounting who got you an unexpected gift despite talking to you twice all year!), you’ll find something just right on this list. Happy workplace gift giving – and happy holidays from the entire Nelson team!


Have your holiday gift giving under control but need some help with your workforce or your job search? Nelson can help with those, too! Contact us to learn more about our services, or browse the positions we currently have available.

This holiday season, Nelson is partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County and the San Francisco 49ers to provide holiday cheer to kids in need.

There are four ways to participate:

  1. Bring an unwrapped toy or requested supply item to any Nelson Bay Area office and leave it in the Boys & Girls Club bin. (See lists of toys and supplies needed below.) Please note: In-office toy collection concluded at 5 pm on Tuesday, December 12th.
  2. Purchase a gift from an Amazon Wish List for a Boys & Girls Club ‘adopted family.’ (You can ship these gifts directly to the Nelson Corporate Office in Sonoma, where we’ll deliver to the Boys & Girls Club. See links to all of the lists at the bottom of this page.)
  3. Make a donation directly to the Boys & Girls Club on their website.
  4. Spread the word! Please share with your friends and family, and help us make an even greater impact. Follow NelsonJobs on Facebook and Nelson Companies on LinkedIn to share our posts and spread the word!

The toy drive will kick off on Tuesday, November 28th and run through Tuesday, December 12th, on which date donations will be due to the Nelson offices. If you’d like to participate by ordering a toy or supplies from an Amazon Wish List, you can order through end of day on Thursday, December 14th.

We hope you will join your Nelson friends, the Boys & Girls Club, and the San Francisco 49ers in helping bring holiday cheer to families in need this season. Stay tuned for photos and updates, and thank you for your support!

TOYS AND SUPPLIES NEEDED

Necessities for Families:

  1. Coats and raincoats (specifically in the following sizes Youth: M, L, XL and Adult: S & M)
  2. Blankets
  3. Gift cards (Target, Walmart, grocery stores)
  4. Shoe gift cards (Payless or other shoe stores)

Gifts for Children:

  1. Sports equipment: soccer balls, basketballs, etc.
  2. Legos
  3. Art supplies
  4. Headphones
  5. Board games


Amazon Wish List Links for Families

Our 2017 toy drive has concluded. A huge thank-you to everyone who participated. Read more about the outcomes in our updated blog post!

A Tricky (or Treaty?) Situation

If you’ve ever wondered what costume to wear to a workplace Halloween celebration, you’re not alone. Many workplaces hold Halloween-themed parties or events and encourage employees to dress up. And every year, there’s usually that one person (or more) who dresses as something a bit too risqué or edgy for the work environment.

When it comes to Halloween costumes at work, it’s best to err on the side of caution. What would fly with your friends or be funny to your neighbors might seem offensive to a coworker or give people the wrong impression of your professional persona. In most work environments, it’s better to avoid anything too gory, political, or revealing, or any costumes that poke fun of one person in particular.

But what do you do if you love sarcastic or pop-culture Halloween costumes yet don’t want to sacrifice your sense of humor for office appropriate-ness this Halloween?

We’ve rounded up some 2017 Halloween costume ideas that can still be humorous and topical for work parties – without crossing any workplace lines or making anyone uncomfortable. Here are our top five.

Five Topical 2017 Halloween Work Party Costume Ideas

Awkward School Photo
Don your dorkiest look from your formative years – or one you would’ve never been caught dead wearing. Then, spray paint an 80s or 90s-looking design on a 3’ x 5’ piece of cardboard (the more “Saved by the Bell,” the better) and mount string so you can wear it like a backpack. Voila – you are now an awkward school photo. You can even mount the cardboard to your side to encourage others to join you and take selfies!

Avocado Toast
Grab an avocado costume – or wear a totally green outfit and affix a brown paper cutout to your stomach for the pit. Then, throughout your party, raise your glass and say “cheers!”. Get it? Avocado toast? If you’re a millennial, drive your point home by telling people how dropping so much cash on your Halloween costume means you can’t afford your rent.

Salt Bae
White t-shirt, black pants, and round black glasses with metal frames. Slick your hair back or pull it into a low ponytail. Then carry around some salt and sprinkle some when you want to make your point. Bonus points if you can get a coworker to dress as Emeril Lagasse (a chef hat and coat should suffice) and shout “Bam!” anytime you sprinkle your salt.

Solar Eclipse
Cut a circular shape out of a cardboard box, paint it black, and either tie a string to hang it around your neck or affix it to the front of your costume. Then, casually glide in front of people at the event so you’re blocking them. If you can find someone dressed as a heart, even better. Just focus on blocking them so you have a “total eclipse of the heart!”

Condescending Willy Wonka Meme
Find a purple jacket, sweater vest, tan or yellow bow tie, and camel top hat. Bonus points for a purple ruffled shirt. Then, grab a cane, print out a question to affix to the top and an “Oh, you’re so clever”-type sarcastic line for the bottom (these can be snarky, but be sure to keep them work-appropriate!). Pose like the meme with your head leaning on your right hand and a sarcastic smile for full effect. This one can be fun to customize to your environment, just make sure you’re using humor that is respectful and not derogatory.

A Spooktacular Workplace Halloween Costume

If you go the classic Halloween costume route with a scary costume like a vampire, bat, or witch, remember to forego the blood and guts. Also, it’s best to avoid telling coworkers, supervisors, or reports, “I vant to suck your blood,” because that might result in some awkward situations.

No matter what costume you choose, be sure to have a good time and enjoy the fun with your coworkers. Remember, work-appropriate doesn’t have to mean stuffy. Just balance humor with good common sense, and you’ll figure out a humorous costume that will be both memorable and appropriate.


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Over the past two weeks, we at Nelson have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our North Bay team members, families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. While we’ve witnessed a tremendous amount of devastation and loss, we’ve also been lucky to be a part of communities pulling together to help one another.

The Nelson teams are no exception. Without hesitation, across Northern California, Nelson offices and employees have joined their collegaues and neighbors to help wherever possible – donating to funds and shelters supporting evacuees, reaching out personally to those in affected areas, and volunteering their time at shelters and other places that need an extra set of hands to pitch in this week.

We at Nelson are pleased to announce a commitment of $100,000 from the Nelson Family and company to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund’s North Bay Fire Relief efforts. In partnership with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire, this group has raised more than $9 million so far to help our North Bay Communities – funds that are cruciual not only now for immediate evacuee support and rehousing needs, but also over the next several months and even years as our communities begin to rebuild.

If you would like to join us in contributing, we encourage you to visit the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund website. All donations are tax deductible, and 100% will go directly to support those affected. When you donate, you can choose to support any of the four counties affected: Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, or Lake. You may also designate “all” and your funds will be equally distributed among all four counties.

Caring About Clients and Contract Workers: Emergency Call Center

Immediately upon hearing about the enormous impact of the fires, the Nelson team sprang into action. Though our Sonoma headquarters and branches in Santa Rosa, Napa, and Fairfield were intermittently closed due to fire danger, teams throughout the Bay Area rallied to support those teams and all our workers and clients impacted. Our Petaluma office turned into an emergency call center, where our teams reached out to employees and clients across the area, making sure everyone was safe – and making sure there was no disruption to payroll despite the closure of our corporate office. The San Francisco Business Times covered the Nelson team’s efforts; read more on the SF Business Times website.

A Team United by Action

Throughout the past week, individual Nelson teams and employees have done all they can to support the fire relief efforts. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Nelson’s Petaluma office not only served as an emergency call center for all four offices that closed, they also helped with fire relief efforts. Monica Ramirez volunteered at a community collection and distribution center, providing crucial Spanish-language support to assist families in getting the supplies they needed. And when the donation center needed urgent help to move to a larger facility, Nelson reached out to our colleagues, and our friends at Straus Family Creamery pitched in immediately to help, providing a truck and driver. Thank you, Straus Family Creamery!

Nelson’s Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill offices rallied a tremendous amount of support, donating 6 SUVs filled to the roofs with 10,000 pounds of cleaning supplies, hygeine products, baby supplies, pet food and toys, gift cards, etc. A special thanks to Shahla Sandoval and Shirine Tavakol, Taylor Andres (and her parents, Michele and Tim McCarthy), Debby Deterer, Teri Barnett, Todd Witkin, and the rest of the Pleasant Hill and Pleasanton Teams for all you’ve done! Also, a special thanks to Rita Deitos in Southern California who helped coordinate an overnight package from our So-Cal friends to help.

Nelson’s Campbell office is collecting supplies for fire victims through Friday, October 20th. If you’d like to contribute, please drop off donations of new clothing, toiletries, or baby supplies to 1901 S. Bascom, Ste. 700 in Campbell. Thanks to Nikki Petty for coordinating!

Nelson’s corporate office employees in Sonoma volunteered for a variety of causes. Ryanne Mandileras served a donated meal to veterans in Yountville, and Tracy Fischer helped sort and distribute supplies at the Napa Valley College evacuee center.

Nelson’s San Rafael office helped in a variety of different ways. Team members purchased new socks, underwear, and personal products to help those who left their homes with only the clothing on their backs. Other team members gave their time in evacuation centers, passing out items and supporting where needed. One employee even went to a site near Bodega Bay and distributed items to workers who were fearful of going to evacuation centers because of documentation concerns.

Nelson’s Santa Rosa office is helping to find volunteers for the Emergency Operations Center in Santa Rosa. Many are also volunteering!

Check out the photos of how Nelson’s employees came together to give to our friends in need in the North Bay:

While these efforts are tremendous, we realize that much work and resources will be necessary to rebuild our North Bay communities. Nelson is here for our friends and neighbors. We’re not going anywhere – together, we will rebuild our communities.

Join Nelson in supporting the rebuilding of our North Bay neighborhoods and businesses by making your own donation to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund below.

Donate to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund

Nelson was proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s three Walk for Wishes events benefiting Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. Through this sponsorship, and through the collective efforts of our teams and networks, Nelson was able to support the important efforts of Make-A-Wish to grant wishes to children facing life-threatening conditions.

Working together, we were able to exceed our goal and raise $31,097. That’s enough to grant approximately three wishes! Overall contributions for the three events totaled a record-breaking $273,217.

The walks and the fundraising events they inspired were a fantastic opportunity for the Nelson community to unite in support of this fantastic cause and enjoy a day of celebrating life, friendships, community, and kids.

Final Nelson Fundraising Totals:

South Bay (Team Cirque du Sore Legs): $6,484
East Bay (Team Golden State Wish Warriors): $10,878
North Bay (Team North Bay Wine Country Winner): $13,375
Total Raised: $31,097

A very special thank-you goes out to everyone who helped make this success possible! Whether you walked with us on event day, made a donation, participated in a fundraiser, or supported us in spirit, you were a very special part of our 2017 Walk for Wishes support. We’re so grateful you could join us in helping make children’s wishes come true.

Event-day Recaps:

Walk for Wishes: North Bay

On August 12th, Nelson came together in Petaluma with other business leaders, friends, and families from across our communities to support the North Bay Walk for Wishes. We were honored to help reveal to a very special young man that his wish to play in the snow was coming true! See below for a few photos from the event, and visit the Make-A-Wish Flickr page for more.

The Nelson team welcomes guests to our sponsor teat area at Walk for Wishes North Bay!

Above: Members of the Nelson North Bay Walk for Wishes team pause for a quick photo photo in front of the Nelson booth.

Nelson helps reveal wish at Walk for Wishes East Bay

Above: The Nelson team helps announce to Frankie that his wish to play in the snow will be coming true!

Walk for Wishes: East Bay

Read Nelson’s full recap of our participation in Walk for Wishes East Bay, and see all event photos from Make-A-Wish here.

Walk for Wishes: South Bay

Unfortunately, the South Bay walk could not take place because of a venue conflict. However, the Make-A-Wish team has informed us that a celebration will be planned a bit later this fall! We’ll share information as soon as we have it; stay tuned for more details.

Nelson is proud to support a wide variety of community philanthropic initiatives, including the 2017 Walk for Wishes events benefiting Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. We’re proud that not only is our company a presenting sponsor of all three 2017 Bay Area Walk for Wishes events, but our teams also embraced the cause – partnering with others in our communities to band together to support Make-A-Wish both at the corporate and grassroots community level. 

The first 2017 Walk for Wishes took place on Saturday, August 5th, in San Ramon. This East Bay Walk for Wishes was a huge success! The event exceeded its original $75,000 fundraising goal, raising more than $92,000 so far to grant wishes to children with critical illnesses. Nelson’s East Bay Walk for Wishes team, the Golden State Wish Warriors, raised more than $10,300.

For nearly everyone who attended, the highlight of the morning was the moment when Nelson was able to tell a special young man that his wish was coming true. Carter, age 10, wished to serve his country and go through U.S. Air Force pilot training in Hawaii. Both of Carter’s grandparents served in the armed forces, and having the opportunity to serve his country means a lot to Carter.

Nelson welcomed a C-5 instructor pilot from the United States Air Force to help us tell Carter his wish was being granted. Watch the video below to share the moment when Carter learns he will be traveling to Hawaii for a once-in-a-lifetime U.S. Air Force experience.

A huge thank-you to everyone who donated, volunteered, and walked to help Nelson make wishes come true through our partnership with Make-A-Wish. If you weren’t able to join us in our support of Walk for Wishes East Bay, it’s not too late! Fundraising for the Golden State Wish Warriors will remain open through the end of the month. Nelson will also be participating in two other upcoming Bay Area Walk for Wishes events, on August 12 in Petaluma and August 19 in Mountain View. Please join us!

We look forward to sharing fundraising totals and more event updates from the next two Walk for Wishes events very soon!

Event-day photos: 

Co-captain of Nelson’s Golden State Wish Warriors Team, Alex Maturin (right), signs the “big check” celebrating the team’s fundraising total with Nelson EVP Joe Madigan looking on.

Signing the large fundraising check

The Courageous Carter Club, Carter’s team of friends and family members, celebrates the news that Carter’s wish will be coming true!

 

Top Independent Staffing Company Proves Community Commitment with Social and Fiscal Philanthropic Investment

Nelson announced today that it has been ranked 18 out of 100 participants on the San Francisco Business Times’ 2017 Bay Area Corporate Philanthropists List which was published in a San Francisco Business Times supplement on July 21. Nelson also received special recognition as one of two companies that bettered their position tremendously from previous years due to increased contributions.

The Corporate Philanthropy Awards celebrate the Bay Area’s most generous corporate citizens and recognizes those companies that give their time, talent and resources. The annual list recognizes 100 top corporate philanthropists ranked by local cash giving. It includes for-profit companies that made contributions to Bay Area-based charitable organizations in the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.

Nelson’s Executive Vice President, Joe Madigan, accepted the award on behalf of Nelson at the awards presentation hosted at the Hilton in Union Square. Joe also attended the discussion and networking panel, where he deliberated with other Bay Area leaders about how companies can involve employees to become philanthropic leaders like Nelson.

“Since our founding in 1970, Nelson has led by example when it comes to community engagement and philanthropic support,” said Joe. “I’m proud to work for a company that truly cares about the communities where employees live, work, and play. We are honored to be included in this list alongside so many other companies that share this fiscal and social commitment to the communities we serve.”

Nelson exemplifies it’s company values of empathy, integrity, excellence, and innovation through its actions. A Bay Area Philanthropy Award winner for each of the past four years, the company has contributed more than $4.5 million throughout that time to Bay Area philanthropic organizations and causes.

Read more about Nelson’s values and involvement in our communities.

For over 45 years, Nelson has provided innovative workforce solutions to help companies efficiently build and manage their teams. And throughout our history, we’ve been committed to involvement and investment in the communities where we live, work, and play.

This year, Nelson is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the three 2017 Walk for Wishes events benefiting Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. Through this sponsorship, we’re supporting the important efforts of Make-A-Wish to grant wishes to children facing life-threatening conditions.

Why We Walk

Many of Nelson’s team members have been involved in various Make-A-Wish fundraisers in the past because of personal connections to the cause. Leading the charge for Nelson’s Make-A-Wish support has been Nelson’s Executive Vice President, Joe Madigan.

Joe’s daughter, Chloe, was granted a wish through Make-A-Wish seven years ago, giving the entire Madigan family the opportunity to enjoy time together with Chloe at Disney World – away from doctors, hospitals, and tests. After Chloe passed away, the Madigan family made it their mission to give back to Make-A-Wish and offer other families the priceless experience they shared. They formed Team Chloe; and their combined efforts have raised over $140,000, much with the support of the Nelson team, family, and extended community. That’s a lot of wishes come true for kids fighting serious illnesses!

Watch this short video below from Joe about his family’s experience with Make-A-Wish, and why they’ve led Nelson’s Walk for Wishes efforts for the past seven years. (Special thanks to SocioFabrica and Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area for footage clips, and to bensound.com for the music.

Join Nelson at Walk for Wishes 2017!

This year, Nelson is pleased to share we’ll be supporting the Bay Area Walk for Wishes events as a presenting sponsor, helping even more of our teams and communities get involved in what started as the Madigan family’s efforts to support the tremendous efforts of the incredible Make-A-Wish organization. Please join the Nelson team, including Joe and his family, as we come together to Walk for Wishes this August at the three Bay Area Walks:

Walk for Wishes East Bay
Saturday, August 5 | Bishop Ranch, San Ramon
Join Nelson’s team for this event – Golden State Wish Warriors!

Walk for Wishes North Bay
Saturday, August 12 | Shollenberger Park, Petaluma
Join Nelson’s team for this event – Nelson North Bay Wine Country Winner!

Walk for Wishes South Bay
Saturday, August 19 | Google, Mountain View
Join Nelson’s team for this event – Cirque du Sore Legs!

100% of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. Whether you choose to walk with us (registration is free!), donate, or spread the word, thank you for your support. We hope you will join Nelson’s efforts to make wishes come true!

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fulfills the wishes of children, between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18, battling life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area was founded in 1984. In its first year, a total of 27 wishes were granted. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, they have granted over 7,800 wishes to date and grant over 378 wishes each year.

Do you know the number one reason most Americans leave their jobs? You may have guessed it – employees leave because they don’t feel appreciated. With more than 22 million administrative and office support professionals in the U.S., retention through recognition is what makes Administrative Professionals Day so critical!

We simply can’t afford not to retain these loyal, highly skilled, and dedicated individuals who help make teams and organizations run so smoothly. As a matter of fact, companies with strategic recognition programs reported a mean employee turnover rate 23% lower than companies without any recognition programs.And that’s why Administrative Professionals Week is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays.

Administrative Professionals Day (Wednesday, April 26th, 2017) is almost upon us!  To ensure you’re not caught unprepared to recognize your valued team members this year, take advantage of Nelson’s 5 easy ways to recognize your administrative & office support professionals – and extend Admin Professionals Day to Admin Professionals Week by thanking your support teams all week long!

  1. Express yourself in writing. In this era of emails and texts, handwriting a thank-you card almost feels like a lost art. But that’s what makes it special! To make the most impact, identify a few specific contributions that the individual being thanked has made, or point out one or more significant accomplishments. Increase the surprise factor by leaving the card in an unexpected location, such as in front of the employee’s lunch in the fridge or in one of their desk drawers.
  2. Enjoy a celebratory meal. Do your admin and office support professionals scream for sushi? Cheer for Chinese? Pine for pizza? Take them out for a meal! Putting in the time to go offsite, whether time allows to take all your support staff at once or in smaller groups, lunch out will be noticed and appreciated by your team. But, if you just can’t get away, an on-site catered meal is always a crowd pleaser!
  3. Give time off. A low-cost way to recognize team members is to surprise them with a bonus vacation day or afternoon off. To make sure employees are able to honor commitments and complete their work, provide a floating opportunity rather than early dismissal on a specified day.
  4. Recruit others to show recognition. Get the whole crew in on your efforts to recognize your admin professionals and support staff! A card signed by everyone is a wonderful first step, but encouraging even a few people to say thank-you in person goes a long way towards making a team member feel valued. Want to go the extra mile? Assign each team member a day (and small budget) to recognize your support staff, and encourage creativity.
  5. Customize a certificate of appreciation. Download Nelson’s free customizable Certificate of Appreciation PDF, fill in the template with the name of the person you’re honoring, their title, and the name of your business, print, and present to your honoree. Pair this with one of the other ideas listed, and you’ve got a unique way to show your appreciation!

For over 45 years, Nelson has understood the value of placing (and retaining!) the right people in the right roles. From providing an admin assistant to cover an employee’s day off to finding full-time, permanent new additions to your team, Nelson can help. With experts in administration, accounting & finance, HR, IT & tech, engineering, legal, sales and marketing, and more, Nelson has the resources to handle all your staffing needs.

Contact Nelson today to learn more about how Nelson can help you find the best talent to meet your needs!

Since 2010, Nelson has partnered with Sonoma’s Hanna Boys Center and the Vadasz Family Foundation to match students with summer internships around Sonoma and Napa counties. During the summer of 2016, 28 teens participated in the program and spent their summers gaining valuable life and work experiences.

Along with companies such as Don Sebastiani, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Sonoma Visitors Bureau, Jack London State Park, and more, the Nelson corporate office hosts an intern each summer. One Hanna Boys Center student who worked in the Nelson IT department in the summer of 2016, had the opportunity to explore a field that interests him while gaining experience that will benefit him in the future. He shared about his experience:

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to ‘try on the job’ to see if it was a good fit. I learned many valuable skills that will help me as I continue my education at college – including learning how to take detailed notes. Thank you to everyone at Nelson Staffing for making me feel welcome and part of the team from day 1.”

At Nelson, we’re dedicated to involvement and investment in the communities where we live, work, and play. In our jobs, we match talented, hardworking people with companies who need them; but we’re also building the future world of work by providing opportunities for the next generation like those offered through this internship program.

Thank you to all of the companies throughout the North Bay that support the Hanna Boys Center and participate in this program. We can’t wait to meet the talented group of teens participating in the summer internship program this year!

With unemployment rates remaining low and economic reports and projections for the rest of 2017 still showing strength, the U.S. economy is off to a roaring start in the first quarter of the year. But that doesn’t mean U.S. and California businesses aren’t experiencing significant challenges. When unemployment is low, it becomes more difficult for companies to find and hire qualified employees; and because human resources professionals are on the front lines of hiring, they can often share significant insights on how the economic environment is impacting a company before those trends become apparent in financial reports and other company data.

Nelson surveyed attendees at the recent HR West conference, March 6-8 in Oakland, California, to take a quick pulse check of how the economy is impacting HR professionals and companies in California. We uncovered two key insights:

Insight #1: HR professionals still report experiencing difficulties when trying to fill open positions in 2017.   

HR West 2017: Difficulty HiringNearly 83% of employers experienced at least some difficulty when trying to fill open positions in 2017. This percentage was nearly identical to one reported in a statewide survey Nelson conducted in 2016, revealing that employers are not having an easier time trying to attract talent in 2017.

HR West 2017: Difficulty Hiring (Companies >500 Employees)With unemployment rates continuing to decline, employers face more and more difficulty in finding highly specialized talent – meaning larger companies may experience even more hiring difficulties than smaller ones due to more specialized talent
needs. As companies grow and break out responsibilities into more highly specialized roles, they seek talent with very specific backgrounds and skillsets. Smaller companies may be more likely to look for people who can “wear multiple hats,” reducing the importance of extremely specific experience and skillsets.

This was reflected in our survey, with larger companies more likely than smaller companies to report recent hiring difficulty; over 96% of companies with more than 500 employees reported experiencing at least some difficulty.

Insight #2: Despite strong economic reports, HR professionals are tempered in their economic optimism.

HR West 2017: Economic Confidence LevelOnly 8% of conference attendees surveyed reported having a high level of confidence in the economic outlook for the rest of the year. Even more (14%) reported a low confidence level, while the vast majority of attendees (78%) reported a moderate confidence level.

Uncertainty due to U.S. and international political conditions, rising cost of living (especially housing costs in California), and slow gains in business and wage growth are leveling out the optimism that generally accompanies low unemployment rates and stock market gains.

HR West 2017: Low Economic Confidence LevelEconomic confidence level varied by company size, though; respondents from smaller companies were more likely to report a low economic confidence level (23% at companies with less than 100 employees, vs. just 10% at companies with more than 1,000 employees).

Confidence level also correlated with hiring difficulty experiences. Not one person who reported that hiring has been very difficult in 2017 also reported a high economic confidence level.

Conclusion

While economic data continue to point to growth and progress, optimism is not widespread. Throughout the rest of 2017 and beyond, companies will continue to feel the crunch of talent shortages resulting from low unemployment – especially in industries and specialties where specialized talent is in high demand. Working with a staffing company like Nelson is one strategy for overcoming these talent shortages. If your company is experiencing difficulty finding the talent you need to foster growth and success, contact Nelson to learn how we can help.

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Holiday celebrations can be a fun way to thank your employees and continue to keep everyone engaged and motivated at work; but it can be tricky to find a good balance between celebrating and keeping things work-appropriate, especially for holidays like St. Patrick’s Day with strong party traditions!

Make sure your St. Patrick’s Day holiday celebration hits all the right notes (while avoiding the wrong ones) with the suggestions from Nelson below.

  1. Prepare a traditional Irish feast.
    Corned beef and cabbage. Irish breakfast. Boxty. Shepherd’s pie. Irish soda bread. Potatoes prepared every which way. The possibilities are nearly endless, especially if you expand the menu to include green foods, regardless of whether they are traditionally Irish!
  2. Green your office.
    Relax your dress code for the day and invite employees to don their green. Pick up some fun dollar store accessories (hats/glasses/bead necklaces/etc.) or office décor and offer them up for a celebratory touch. By providing approved décor, you can also make sure décor doesn’t stray into offensive territory.
  3. Enjoy some Irish music.
    Tune in to a stream (radio or online) of traditional Irish music, or make your own mix of music from more recent Irish artists like the Cranberries and U2. If anyone in your office is musically inclined, invite them to play some traditional Irish tunes. You can also put an Irish dance performance on the office TV!
  4. Honor the Luck-o-the-Irish.
    Celebrate the luck of the holiday with traditional symbols of luck. Host a horseshoe tournament. Hide a paper four-leaf clover somewhere in the office and offer a prize to the person who finds it. Provide a bag of chocolate coins so that everyone can partake in the “gold” at the end of the rainbow!
  5. Celebrate responsibly.
    Even if alcohol is not a part of your official work-sponsored celebration, it’s always a good idea to be sure your company has and shares clear policies regarding alcohol and social engagements. That way, if partygoers choose to continue the fun beyond work hours or offsite, they understand where there might be limits.

Missed the boat on a St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Don’t miss out on the party! Make your own “green” holiday by combining Earth Day with St. Patty’s Day!

Like other holidays, St. Patrick’s Day can be a fun excuse to let loose a little at work. By celebrating in a way that’s respectful and inclusive of traditions, culture, and perspectives, you can help make sure your celebration is a hit.

At Nelson, we understand that experiencing the “Luck-o-the-Irish” in hiring takes more than just luck; it takes preparation, skill, insight, and experience. Work with Nelson, and you’ll feel like you found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with your next new hire!

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The historically difficult hiring market has been top of mind for employers in California lately, especially for those in Marin County. Continued economic growth, extremely low unemployment, soaring housing costs and few teen job seekers all contribute to challenges for employers trying to fill open roles.

On February 1, the Mill Valley, San Rafael, Corte Madera, and Tiburon Chambers of Commerce brought employers and experts together for “Employment 2017: Recruitment, Retention and Employment Law Changes.” Business leaders from around Marin joined the Chambers in Corte Madera to discuss the hiring environment and managing employees in the current economic and regulatory environment and learn from experts.

Debi Geller, account executive with Nelson Staffing in San Rafael, joined employment law attorney Dolores Cordell to provide perspectives on the current employment environment and best practices for employers.

“I’d like to thank the Chambers for this opportunity to discuss the employment environment in Marin,” said Debi. “This topic is crucial to employers struggling to find the right talent and understand the do’s and don’ts of employee management. We at Nelson are pleased to help many area companies with their hiring needs, and we look forward to assisting others as employers continue to face hiring challenges in uniquely structured low-unemployment market.”

Read more about the event and the topics covered on the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center website.

New sales regional leadership positions designed to foster strategic sales focus and expand service capabilities

Nelson, a leader in California’s staffing and recruiting industry, today announced the addition of several regional sales manager (RSM) positions to facilitate the continued expansion of their workforce support services to meet rising demand. Leaders in these new RSM roles will be responsible for sales strategy implementation for all the company’s divisions within each of their assigned regions. The development of these RSM roles is part of the company’s cohesive sales strategy to optimize operational efficiencies and provide top-tier consultative service to the company’s partners
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Implementation of these sales team additions have begun with the promotion of three current Nelson team members into new RSM roles:

Chris Kelley – Regional Sales Manager, Southern California
Chris, currently VP of Strategic Sales, assumes the added responsibility of Regional Sales Manager for Southern California. Chris has been with Nelson for five years and has worked in the staffing industry for over 25 years, holding several executive-level positions. She is a member of the National Human Resources Association, the Call Center Networking Group, and the Distribution Management Association, as well as various committees throughout Southern California.

Erica Kramer – Regional Sales Manager, Central Valley
Erica has successfully grown our Nelson & Associates business in Sacramento over the past two years. A Sacramento native who graduated with honors from Chico State University, Erica is actively involved in many community organizations, including Women’s Empowerment. Erica’s staffing industry experience is not limited to finance and accounting; she worked for two years in general staffing, and was named Nelson’s Rookie of the Year. In this new role, she will oversee sales efforts for Nelson’s offices in Fairfield, Sacramento, and Modesto.

Floyd Given – Regional Sales Manager, North Bay
Floyd brings experience in accounting and finance, as well as general staffing, to this role. He has been with Nelson for three years, demonstrating the unique ability to develop long-lasting relationships with company partners and co-workers. Floyd has won several awards, including being named to Nelson’s prestigious Chairman’s Club and President’s Club. Floyd is very connected in the community both professionally and personally – most notably as a member of the Professional Association of Sonoma County (PASCO) and as coach of the San Francisco Junior Giants. He will oversee sales efforts for Nelson’s offices in San Rafael, Napa, Petaluma, and Santa Rosa.

This adjustment in sales team structure will be implemented in phases, with the addition of regional sales managers in the company’s other sales regions later this year.

“Last year was a landmark year for Nelson in terms of growth and market expansion,” said Tony Bartenetti, Nelson’s president of business development and strategic partnerships. “This move positions our sales team to accommodate the increasing market demand for our full line of workforce support services. I look forward to working with all of our new sales leaders to capitalize on our industry’s current extensive market potential.”

Bartenetti will continue to oversee the company’s cohesive sales strategy and efforts, including the new RSM roles. Joe Madigan, executive vice president of Nelson, will continue to oversee the company’s field operations efforts, including recruiting structure. Both Tony, Joe, and the Nelson executive team and will continue to work closely with field leaders and professionals throughout the organization to effectively and efficiently implement strategies that will allow the company to serve even more company partners with best-in-class staffing and other workforce support services.

Last November, Nelson’s own Melissa Deurloo and 47 other Sonoma County professionals volunteered to spend a long night outside in the cold and rain. The fundraising event, called One Cold Night, is dedicated to raising awareness and support for homeless youth. It is organized by Social Advocates for Youth, a group that helps homeless and former foster youth become stable and able to rise to life’s challenges and opportunities.

This year’s event raised more than $170,000 to support SAY’s new Dream Center, the shelter for foster children and homeless youth where the event was held. Outside, participants slept on concrete and cardboard boxes while struggling to keep warm and dry. Inside, 40 formerly homeless youth slept safely – some for the first time in their lives.

Youth homelessness is a growing concern in Sonoma County. According to The Press Democrat, “…an estimated 2,906 people in Sonoma County are homeless on a given night, nearly a quarter of them, or 663, younger than 25.” The event brought significant public attention to the cause, earning coverage in The Press Democrat and on KTVU2.

Reflecting on the experience, Melissa shared:

“To think about going from waking up cold and wet, folding up my tarp that had been home, spending the day cold and wet, and then having to do it all over again really has me speechless in a certain way. I am humbled to realize I don’t think I could do it and hope that I can continue to support our community so that others don’t have to either.”

You can join Melissa in supporting SAY’s efforts to help foster children and homeless youth by donating socks, sleeping bags, gift cards, and more this winter. For information on how and what to donate, please check SAY’s Wish List posted on their website.

A huge thank you to Melissa, SAY, and the other event participants for working to support homeless youth!

One Cold Night

While Valentine’s Day is primarily known as a romantic holiday for celebrating sweethearts, it can also be a blast to celebrate at work. This Valentine’s Day, liven up your workplace celebration with some passion (work-appropriate, of course!) by trying the ideas below.

  1. Host a red party.
    Host a red party for lunch. Use only red decorations and encourage attendees to wear only red clothing and accessories, or bring red pot luck dishes. Get creative and award prizes for the most festive red outfit, most unexpected red food, the tastiest dish, etc. You can also host a “red” elephant gift exchange, with only red gifts! Match your tunes by making a playlist of songs that all have “love” or “red” in the title. Include a “Guess the Kisses” jar (with red Hershey’s Kisses, of course!) and award the winner with the kisses jar and a prize like movie tickets for two or an extra afternoon off. Don’t forget to set up a Valentine’s Day photo booth corner with red boas, wax lips, red hats, etc.!
  2. Have a “heart to heart” conversation contest.
    A day or two ahead of time, download and print our easy conversation heart contest Microsoft Word template and customize for your workplace. Print one sheet for every five people and cut out the words. Then, give each participant a stack of words and a box of conversation hearts, and instruct them to write a sentence that uses at least three conversation hearts! Award prizes for longest sentence, most applicable to your workplace, funniest, sweetest, etc.
  3. Play Valentine-themed Pictionary or charades.
    Bring paper and pens and ask participants to submit titles of (again, work-appropriate!) love-related movies, songs, etc. Then play Pictionary or charades, awarding a prize to the winning team.
  4. Focus on the real heart.
    Since February is American Heart Month, Valentine’s Day is a great reminder to focus on heart health. Get active by taking the team roller skating or hiking, or forming a company softball team. Start a healthy recipe exchange Pinterest board or invite a local nutritionist to come in and provide a seminar on cooking healthy foods. Don’t forget to promote any health-related benefits you offer, like gym membership discounts or fitness classes.
  5. Spread the love in your community.
    Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to show love to not just your sweetie, but also to people in need. Get involved with a local charity to spread the love! For extra teambuilding, plan an activity where most of the team can participate. Hold a month-long penny drive (try setting up a competition between departments), or put together bikes to donate to a local children’s charity. Try to offer more than one way to get involved so people have the option to donate time or funds.

With these tips, this Valentine’s Day will be one to remember!

At Nelson, we LOVE working with our partners. This Valentine’s day and beyond, if you’re looking for a special someone to add to your team, call Nelson. We’ll find you the perfect match!

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