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ALTRES St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day at ALTRES

It was another successful St. Patrick’s Day celebration at ALTRES. Every year, the leadership team at ALTRES pitches in to cook a fabulous breakfast for our employees. The menu included bacon, sausage, fruits, and of course, festive green pancakes!

ALTRES St. Patrick's Day News | March 21, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day at ALTRES

It was another successful St. Patrick’s Day celebration at ALTRES. Every year, the leadership team at ALTRES pitches in to cook a fabulous breakfast for our employees. The menu included bacon, sausage, fruits, and of course, festive green pancakes!

News | March 16, 2018

ALTRES Sponsors the Kona Surf Film Fest

ALTRES was proud to sponsor the Kona Surf Film Festival for the 5th year in a row.

The Kona Surf Film Festival celebrates all things surf, food, and art and brings together nearly 1,500 people in the community.

Why do we sponsor it? We love that it’s a fun event for families and a chance to bring the Big Island community together. Plus, it’s all in the name of raising money for local charities.

Ø  Related: Surf into the New Year at the Kona Surf Film Festival

This year’s proceeds went to support the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Changing Tides Foundation, and the Surfrider Foundation. Our hope is to get other companies and people inspired to give back to causes that support the community. 

Ø  Photos on Facebook: Kona Surf Film Festival 2018

You can catch us there again next year under the big white ALTRES tent. Don’t forget to stop by our booth for some free swag and to meet our Kona team—we’re always looking to connect with great people!

News | February 23, 2018

ALTRES Experts in the News

From mentorship to medical marijuana, our ALTRES leaders frequently share their expertise on a variety of topics. Here are a few to check out.

5 Steps to Choosing Someone to Mentor

Here at ALTRES, one of our core values is to always reach higher. Whether that’s by learning new things or stepping up to be a leader, we encourage everyone to go above and beyond. That’s why our leadership team is all for experienced employees taking on mentorships—once you’ve found the right person to give back to.

Read tips from simplicityHR Director of Operations Debbie Padello on choosing a mentee, in Hawaii Business.

Medical Pot: Taking Your Medicine Can Get You Fired

One of the biggest news stories of 2017 was the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries and with it came a big question for employees—can I get fired for using marijuana even if I have a prescription?

As simplicityHR Director of Human Resources Michele Kauinui explained to Civil Beat, each employer can establish whatever drug policy they feel fits their company. Marijuana, even if prescribed, is an illegal drug under both Hawaii and federal law. If use violates the company’s drug policy, employees could face dismissal.

Training in the Trades

In case you missed it: Hawaii currently has the lowest unemployment in the nation, which means there are less people available to fill open jobs. As a result, a trend in the construction industry is opening up more entry-level jobs and providing on the job training to get employees into skilled, higher-paying jobs.

Read more from ALTRES Industrial Staffing Manager Shani Silva in Building Industry Hawaii(PDF).

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#UsToo

If you think sexual harassment doesn’t happen in Hawaii, you’re wrong. Since news travels far and fast in our islands, a lot of employees tend not to speak up out of shame or fear that others in the community will find out and it will be impossible to find another job.

Hawaii Business interviewed simplicityHR Director of Human Resources Michele Kauinui on the topic. Read the article entitled #UsToo, and learn more about why it’s up to managers address every complaint and demonstrate to employees that there will be no judgment or repercussions for standing up.