Grid Connect is One of the Coolest Companies in Chicago

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 20, 2016 2:51:41 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Chicago, Chicago Fest, ChicagoInno, Coolest Companies, employee benefits, Events, Featured In, General

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This year, Chicago Inno is hosting their second annual, Coolest Companies Competition. This is essentially a fun challenge between different local companies to highlight the best company cultures in the Chicagoland area. An assortment of companies submitted information about what makes their company cool; Chicago Inno then selected the best companies to be nominees for the award. Grid Connect is honored to be nominated as one of the coolest companies in the area for the second year in a row.

So what makes Grid Connect so cool? The company culture includes many employee benefits, such as a weekly free lunch, an unlimited vacation policy, exciting ping-pong and bags tournaments, and more! In the nomination list, Grid Connect was quoted for another unique benefit, “We have ‘Shot Fridays,’ which includes a new shot or alcoholic drink every Friday at 2.30PM.” Grid Connect is dedicated to providing employees with the best work experience possible. Making it fun to come to work is great for keeping employees motivated and happy with their jobs.

The finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and last year’s winners at Chicago Fest, a celebration of the city’s innovators. New to this year’s award, there will be “Reader’s Choice” winners, which are publically selected winners. This means that anyone can vote for Grid Connect! Help recognize and spotlight the amazing company culture that Grid Connect has created. In order to vote, check out the link below!

Vote for Grid Connect here: http://chicago-fest.com/coolest-companies/

Find out more about the award: http://chicagoinno.streetwise.co/2016/07/19/coolest-companies-chicago-2016-100-biz-with-the-best-culture/

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Companies loosen vacation policies...

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 11, 2016 10:58:07 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, Brittney Borowicz, community, company culture, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, unlimited vacation policy

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Grid Connect is one of the few companies participating in the growing trend of offering unlimited paid vacation to employees. While this may not be a great fit for all companies, Grid Connect has a company culture that is based on trust and a sense of community. The environment is based on providing employees with the best work experience possible. Brittney Borowicz, Vice President of Marketing, was offered a free, two-week trip to Singapore only two months after starting the job. Although Borowicz was originally nervous about the situation, it worked out very well as noted in her reflection; “My boss said, ‘Sounds great.’ They were very excited for me to go.” The ability for employees to take off as much time as they need is a great way to increase company morale and attract young talent.

Many companies have had difficulty transitioning to a functional unlimited vacation policy similar to the one Grid Connect has created. That being said, Grid Connect also offers a variety of extra benefits for employees to make work a much more pleasant experience. The company’s Vice President, Adam Justice, states, “You try to offer employees some extra perks to make work fun.” The company offers employees a free, catered lunch every Wednesday, free massages every Thursday, as well as ping-pong and bags tournaments during lunch breaks. In order for these types of benefits to be implemented successfully, companies need to have trust in their employees and have a more relaxed company culture.

Read More: http://www.dhbusinessledger.com/article/20160710/business/160719999/

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Plug-and-play NFC portfolio expanded

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 5, 2016 2:41:05 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Adam Justice, Arduino, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, Near Field Communication, NFC, NXP, PN1750, tech, technology

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The plug-and-play Near Field Communication (NFC) portfolio developed by NXP has officially been expanded. The upgraded portfolio has been extended with the Arduino add-on boards (Kinetis, LPCXpresso, i.MX, and QorIQ), allowing for faster NFC prototyping and expansion. In addition to this, the release of the PN7150 NFC controller will make it a much simpler process to integrate NFC technology within electronic devices.

The new and innovative PN1750 is perfectly equipped for several applications including home network gateways, set-top boxes, routers, and more. Adam Justice, Vice President of Grid Connect, describes the significance of the plug-and-play NFC portfolio expansion; “NXP’s robust portfolio of NFC controllers enable an easy integration of NFC technology to consumer devices, while instantly making them smarter, more intuitive and easy to use.” This technology will make it much easier for consumers to install their smart home devices.

Read more: http://www.electronicspecifier.com/micros/plug-and-play-nfc-portfolio-expanded

 

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Brittney Borowicz Named Vice President, Marketing at Grid Connect

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 15, 2016 3:06:52 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Brittney Borowicz, Employee Spotlight, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, Marketing, Vice President of Marketing

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Brittney Borowicz has been promoted to vice president of marketing at Grid Connect, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality networking products.

An integrated marketing professional with a strong communications background specializing in journalism, public relations and social media, Borowicz joined Naperville-based Grid Connect two years ago and has helped with the marketing launch of the ConnectSense line of home automation products.

She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and resides in Naperville.

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Business Ledger honors 74 companies as exceptional workplaces

[fa icon='calendar'] May 27, 2016 3:12:03 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Best Places to Work in Illinois, business, Events, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, Illinois, small business

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Last night, Grid Connect attended the awards ceremony for Best Places to Work in Illinois and were honored to be placed in the top 30 small businesses in the state. This award was determined by examining workplace policies, practices, and demographics and then comparing them to those of other business in the state of Illinois. After this was evaluated, employee surveys were taken to determine the variations in employee experiences within different businesses. These two evaluations were then combined to create a final ranking for each business.

Read more: http://www.dhbusinessledger.com/article/20160526/business/160528971/

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Are Unlimited Vacation Policies Good for Business?

[fa icon='calendar'] May 26, 2016 3:11:02 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Featured In, General, Grid Connect, Monster, vacation

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Vacation policies are something that vary from company to company. However, a lot of big and small companies have begun to adopt vacation policies that enable employees to take as much time off for vacation as they seem fit, as long as they manage to complete the work expected of them. Grid Connect is a 20-some person company that has offered its employees unlimited vacation for the past 12 years. The vacation policy is one of the many ways Grid Connect creates its company culture, which works in attracting and retaining the best talent available. There are several unique benefits for employees such as free lunch on Wednesdays, massages on Thursdays, and daily ping-pong matches that lead up to a championship match at the end of the year. The employees have not abused any of these benefits or their vacation policy, which has led to a productive company culture.

Read more: http://hiring.monster.com/hr/hr-best-practices/workforce-management/employee-benefits-management/unlimited-vacation-policies.aspx

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2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 11, 2016 3:09:13 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Best Companies Group, Best Places to Work in Illinois, Events, Featured In, General, Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, Grid Connect, HRMAC, Human Resources Management Associate of Chicago, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA, Small Business Advocacy Council, The Management Association

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Grid Connect was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois. The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois list is made up of 30 companies in the small employer category (15-99 U.S. employees), 26 companies in the medium employer category (100-499 U.S. employees), and 18 companies in the large employer category (500 or more U.S. employees). (Name of Company) has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois. In the (small/medium/large) category.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
– Have at least 15 employees working in Illinois;
– Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
– Be a publicly or privately held business;
– Have a facility in the state of Illinois; and
– Be in business a minimum of one year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Illinois and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

Grid Connect will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 26 and will be profiled in a special publication on June 27. The final rankings will be announced at the event and announced on the Business Ledger website (www.dhbusinessledger.com).

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Illinois program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkinIL.com or contact Katie Smith at 877-455-2159.

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16 unique employee benefits

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 15, 2016 1:49:28 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in business, Dennis Zink, employee benefits, Featured In, General, Grid Connect

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Creating unique employee benefits is one of the best ways to attract and retain valuable talent for a company. Journalist Dennis Zink for the Herald-Tribune listed a variety of companies that have had employee benefits that have succeeded in bringing in and keeping their talented employees. Grid Connect was one of the companies mentioned because of its tradition to provide its employees free weekly lunches, free weekly massages at their desks, and an unlimited vacation policy. As long as you let everyone in the office know you will be gone, you can take as much time as you need. These unique employee benefits have allowed for Grid Connect to be successful.

Read more: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160215/COLUMNIST/160219880

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An Industrial Strength Web

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 20, 2015 12:17:08 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in data, factory, Featured In, General, IIoT, Industrial Internet, Industrial Internet of Things, infrastructure, Internet of Things, IoT, machinery, plat operations, systems

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As the Internet of Things takes shape, factories of the future will have to be ready to deftly manage a cascade of data — a challenge that will put plant operations, infrastructure, and culture to the test.

Things are due to change on the factory floor. The machinery, systems, and processes manufacturers use to produce goods are on track to gain a digital voice, audible courtesy of the next frontier in digital communications — the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Should that come to pass, industry could be turned on its head.

A subset of the Internet of Things (IOT), a growing web of connected, networked communications devices and products, the IIoT, or Industrial Internet, may be the more practical, “blue-collar” version. It references a future where the very means and tools of production are wired up en masse to produce highly detailed and revealing operational data. From there, the hope is that data can be extracted, crunched, shared, and ultimately leveraged by stakeholders far and wide over potentially vast digital networks.

> To read more, download the PDF here.

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Get Connected: 18 of the Coolest IoT Blogs

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 16, 2015 12:08:18 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in bonaverde, Featured In, General, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT blogs, Smart Devices, technology

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The Internet of Things, is a technological trend that’s caught on like wildfire this year. IoT devices don’t require much manual effort; these items are designed to be responsive to your needs, to make your life easier. Often called smart devices, they are being developed at a rapid rate across industries, in particular for the kitchen. Imagine a talking refrigerator, a Crockpot where you can change the cooking temperature right from your phone or even a cup that helps you cut back on unhealthy drinking decisions. These aren’t items from some dreamy distant future. They exist right now.

We’ve found 18 IoT blogs exploring this increasingly popular technology, demonstrating products, and posting about smart kitchen items and more.

Read more at Bonaverde.

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