Monday Message 4/27/2020

Dear All –

It has been at least a month or more since I wrote about running… ☺

Last night, I ran some of Hard Guy trail, a tough Boise foothills trail with relentless vertical.

Afterwards, I noticed was there was no connection between my enjoyment of the trail with its views and water-crossings and the challenge of the steep trail. I could have challenge and still enjoy what I was doing.  

I enjoy watching a professional take on a challenge – the type that says – stand back – I’ve got this (and I want it!).  I want that to be my attitude.  Only for us, I would say – let’s come together and then everyone go get this.      

That said, challenges feel much better when we have sleep, our body is fueled, and our mind is clear.

Please take care of yourself!

Communication Updates

As we discussed, we will slow down some of our communication efforts.  .

– Watercooler on Tuesday as previous. No speaker this week.     

– Townhall isn’t currently scheduled until the end of May unless something comes up

– Sloansg.com/updates is still being updated. 

Please make sure to remain vigilant with checking temperatures!

Caught My Eye

Tantau Entry Gate Arms by Sean Sonderman (entering the Battleship Galactica)… 

Inspired

“Life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it.” – Charles Swindoll

Have a great and safe week! 

Brice 

Brice Sloan

CEO & Co-Founder               

Sloan Security Group, Inc.

Town Hall 4/23/2020

Welcome everyone! We hope that you and your families are staying safe. We appreciate you revisiting our Town Hall and hope that you enjoy.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3 (End)

Weekly Message 4/20/2020

Dear all – 

It was a tough decision to have the Boise office go to a remote work status and furlough some of the fab team.  At that time, I hadn’t realized that re-opening the office would be an equally tough decision. 

The current game plan is starting April 27th to do a soft return to the Boise office, starting with our HR department and followed by our Finance team.  This plan is subject to change based on CDC and State guidelines.  We will communicate future return schedules as we can.  Any return plan will be discussed in advance with staff.      

Watercooler

The optional watercooler is Tuesday @ 4:30pm. This week, I thought I would share my bookshelves and discuss some books that have impacted me. 

Workout Challenge

Craig Jasmer is trying to do one hundred burpees a day. I did six in my office on Friday and I am trying for ten today.  You have to start somewhere…. 

Tiktok Video

You demanded a Sloan Tiktok video.  We heard you and here it is on YouTube…. (No, I am not dancing in this one.) ☺

Caught My Eye 

As we head into summer, the Sioux Falls NOSC Team brought cold and snow to Sioux Falls…

Loops

My mind often works in loops. 

This weekend, I used some of the time, to clean out my girls’ old school papers and look at old photos.  As Emma heads next to college, this time of housecleaning is bittersweet, but I use the past to appreciate the present and prepare for the future.    

When we first went into this crisis, we had discussed four themes that would enable us to navigate the crisis:

– safety (particularly employee, community and customer)

– create value, often remotely

– communicate frequently and often

– and preserve cash

To this, I would add – stay with our SCIIP values (safety, collaboration, integrity, innovation and professionalism). 

So far, I am proud that we so far have managed to succeed in this.  I have no doubt there will be more challenges ahead with opening back up the office, but by keeping to our values and our themes, we will succeed in navigating these complex challenges. 

Be safe and have a great day!

I am grateful for each one of you.

Brice

Brice Sloan

CEO & Co-Founder               

Sloan Security Group, Inc.

Town Hall 4/16/2020

Good morning everyone! Here is the Town Hall for the week, there is a special treat at the end with a Sloan Quarantine TikTok.

If you are unable to view the video below click here to watch the recording of our meeting.

Special thanks to Emma Sloan for keeping us up to date with the trends (TikTok).

Water Cooler 4/14/2020

Guest speaker Anthony Baker joined us with his amazing story. Anthony P. Baker is a member of our advisory board. He was a, CAPT U.S. Navy recently retired from a 26-year career in the Navy SEALs. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. degree in 1993. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Training in 1994 and earned his M.A. degree from the Naval War College in 2007. He has worked in over 50 countries, including multiple 6-month deployments to Europe, Africa, the Pacific, and the Middle East, leading small and large teams as front line supervisor, manager, and operations director in the full spectrum of peacetime contingencies and combat missions.

We recorded out session with a brief Q & A following the session.

To be directed to the video click here

Weekly Message 4/13/2020

Dear all – 

Yesterday after spending several hours researching economic recovery models (still uncertain), I loved this quote from David Whyte that encouraged us “to use this time to re-imagine our horizons.” 


It is my belief that thanks to everyone’s hard work, we will come out of this stronger as a team than we went into this crisis.  If crisis reveals character, I am proud of what it is revealing. 

This is also the time to listen intently to our customers as how we serve our customers will likely change over the coming years.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.       

New Project Win

We received notice that we are the apparent low on the King County (WA) Security Upgrades Airport Project.  We have also added a new Washington address to our office list.  Thank you – Craig!

Home Office Safety 
I wanted to share some home office ergonomic suggestion from my friend and designer Eric Shaver, Ph.D.  He is 6’8” so home offices are a challenge for him.

Watercooler

The optional watercooler is today (Tuesday) @ 4:30pm. This week we will feature former Navy Seal Anthony Baker (and one of our advisors).  He will share his story as well as take questions.  

More animal pictures

Here is Apollo (Michaela’s new co-worker)

Caught My Eye (Too low)

From our Dallas Ft Worth projects – our gate arm needs 30’ of clearance, but the bridge is at 18’.  Raise the bridge? ☺

Remember

Patty reminded me that we can also control our attitude.  I found myself short-tempered this weekend as so many things are uncertain – including how we celebrate my daughter Emma’s 18th birthday today. 🥳

Be safe and have a great day!

I am grateful for each one of you.

Brice

Brice Sloan

CEO & Co-Founder               

Sloan Security Group, Inc.

Message from HR

Dear All – 

As you know from our town halls and the news, we are in a challenging business environment and the future remains uncertain. Towards exercising caution in protecting existing employees and the business while still serving customers, we are going to take the following steps as of today (April 9, 2020) for all employees:

– no hourly or salary wage increases, and 

– a halt to regularly scheduled performance evaluations until June 1, 2020. 

This doesn’t mean that we still stop employee feedback or disciplinary actions – effective employee performance is more important than ever.

This was an extremely tough decision, and we understand the impact this may have on you and your family. Please know that we considered several other alternatives, and the choice we made is the best option at this time and will have the least impact on our employees overall.  

The executive team will continue to monitor our finances and we believe the outcome from this measure will better position the company for a solid financial future.  

As we get closer to June 1, 2020, we will reassess this decision and whether it will need to be extended.    

We appreciate all of your hard work and your support as we strive for continued business success. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak with your manager or contact human resources.   

Regards,

Brice 

Brice Sloan

CEO & Co-Founder               

Sloan Security Group, Inc.

Town Hall 4/9/2020

Welcome to the Virtual Town Hall everyone! There will be no meeting notes available, please watch the Town Hall via video listed below. Part 1 is listed first, followed of course by Part 2. If you have any issues accessing the content a hyperlink to Microsoft Stream is located below.

Part 1
Part 2

If you would like to view the full video via Microsoft Stream, please see the hyperlink listed below.

https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/7aa95298-a956-4320-b074-10ca3f2c18c6

Weekly Message 4/7/2020

Dear all – 

In the middle of this uncertainty and change, I went back to an Andy Stanley podcast in which he urges his listeners to take a step back and see what is going well. Our inclination (particularly me) is to radar in on anything that isn’t going well.  

Hence this last week, I was constantly amazed as our teams found balance between creating value for our customers and maintaining employee safety, as projects were launched, and customers served.   

This normal cadence kick-off meetings and maintenance calls is reassuring in the short-term, even if our 60+ day crystal ball remains very cloudy.     

We are a sailboat just now heading into a storm.  We will need to scrutinize every expense and habits in preparation to ride this storm out and emerge even stronger.  We are in business, just not business as usual.  

New Project Win

Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station Remove and Replace Vehicle Barrier Project in Hawaii.  Great job Collin and Kyle and team!

Watercooler

The optional watercooler is today (Tuesday) @ 4:30pm.  We have had really good participation.  No agenda on this one. 

Photos Please!

Could you share pictures of your home office’s gym?   Or creative social distancing workouts?  Send to myself or Samm.  

This is mine.  A solitary evening ride has good baked-in physical distance (permitted under our state stay in place guidelines so far).   I am setting up my gym but it so far only has 2 x 5 lbs weights, a kettlebell, a hula hoop and a jump rope.

Caught My Eye

Picture by Michael Williams – Scott Osborne (SMS) doing some field fabrication at Oroville Dam, California. 

Remember

We can only control what we can control.  What we can control is our approach to safety, communication, bringing value, and preserving cash. 

I am grateful to each one of you for contributing your ideas, time and thought into how we succeed in each theme. 

I wanted to especially thank Anthony Baker, one of our advisors.  We had a virtual coffee call this morning where we drank coffee and shared experiences (particularly his experience in war-time crisis operations – micromanagement vs trust-based management) and I got to share my business library. The call (and others) helps keep me energized and able to refresh my perspective. 

Be safe and have a great day!

I am grateful for each one of you.

Brice

Monday Message 3/30/2020

Dear all – 

This is another week with more challenge. Last week, it felt like we were coming out of the curve of learning how this virtual workplace worked and getting ready to deploy folks on projects. We are in business – just not business as usual.  

Current Active Projects:

– Dallas-Ft. Worth Security Upgrades Project

– Shasta Security Upgrades

– Oroville Security Upgrades

– Gowen Field Entrance Renovations

– Channel Islands Air National Guard

–  A certain Fortune 10 company in the Bay Area

– and others in various stages

Defense Industrial Act Essential Workforce Designation

Per DoD and Homeland Security guidelines, Sloan is a designated essential employer with the responsibility of maintaining to the best of our ability regular schedules and scope.  Please see the below link for a letter that you can provide your lender or anyone else that needs information regarding your status. 

Defense Industrial Act Essential Workforce

New Hire

– Michelle Letourneau, HR Manager – you will see her bio later on Monday.  Monday will be her first day.

Below is her bio:

MUCH MORE THAN A RESOURCEFUL HUMAN!

As a committed Human Resource professional I am looking forward to establishing a partnership with each of you and forging ahead together through these unknown times that are upon us. I am beyond elated to be a part of the Sloan team and I am looking forward to my first day!

A little about my background, as someone who has worn many hats through-out her career, (people manager at 16, kindergarten teacher, fixed asset accountant) I stepped into the role of executive assistant, office manager AND all things HR to 65 employees at the time (543 to date) with ESI and have served in those roles for the majority of the last 14 years, capping off my tenure as the Director of HR.

 -Something about myself that you may not know about me……….(and yes, you will be tested later!) I am a HUGE fan of street art, curiously minded oddities, and pretty much anything funky and out of the ordinary.  

Until we meet, I’ll leave you all with a quote: “The lessons in our lives are often universal; its how we bond with each other as human beings.” Henneke

Michelle Letourneau

– We continue to interview superintendents as we can – we will come out of this stronger

Furloughs

– It is with regret that we will do a 60-day furlough for some of the fab team members in order to balance safety and workload

Expenses

– We are making the final transition to Nexonia this month.  By the end of this month, all expenses should be in Nexonia for approval.

– Unless otherwise authorized, over the next 60 days, there should be no unnecessary expenses – including meals and home office expenses (see guidelines).

Sloan.com/Updates (link)

– remote work guidelines – reminder of what you can reimburse for and what you can’t

– confidentiality reminder – reminder that you shouldn’t share health info of another employee

– additional COVID-19 guidelines

Pictures Please!

– Can you send samm.dhogan@sloansg.com pictures of your favorite moments at Sloan on and off projects?  We will put together a video to share. 

Message

We don’t know when this situation will end.  Just like our grandparents didn’t know when World War II would end.  The only thing that we can control is this moment – bringing the best we have to this moment. 

To bring our best means sleeping well, eating well, helping and connecting with the people around us, keeping social distance and finding humor.  This is our training.   

In the meantime, I wanted to share four things that help me stay grounded:

– my crockpot cooking – I am the subject of endless teasing from my friends and kids on this but the smell, the feeling of having enough, and the ease of simply going to the dish for your supper. And from my kids’ perspective – day 5 of stew ☺… 

– my running

– my virtual coffees with friends

– my morning meditations through Calm (app)

Have a safe and wonderful week.  This too shall pass. 

Brice    

Brice Sloan

CEO & Co-Founder               

Sloan Companies