Archive for June, 2020

Here at GSI, our employees are participating in our wellness initiative, put together every year by our human resources team! From walking to doing yoga to hitting the stairs, there are many forms of exercise to help you get fit and stay healthy. This stays true for people of all ages and abilities. Join us while we explore fitness with these tips to start you off and keep you going!

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Goddard School Franchise Owners

A father and son have teamed up to open The Goddard School located in Mount Pleasant, SC. The newest Goddard School officially opened on Monday, May 11, and is now enrolling.

Andrew Smith and his oldest son, Nathan, turned owning a Goddard School into a family business. They both have a strong passion for education and an appreciation for the importance of play-based learning. For generations, the family has encouraged having fun while learning and developing independence. This led to a partnership between Andrew and Nathan, who wanted to bring a high-quality, play-based learning program to Mount Pleasant families.

“I want to foster an environment where children love to arrive every day and where parents know their child’s daily care and development is an extension of the same nurturing they are providing at home,” Andrew said. “I also want to build a team of faculty members that considers all of the students’ families and coworkers as an extension of their own families, and most importantly, to fulfill this dream with my son, Nathan, at my side.”

“From as early as I can remember, my parents have instilled in me a love for and the importance of education. I was given the opportunities to grow, to succeed, to thrive and, even at times, to fail. All of which shaped me into the person I am today,” Nathan said. “It is an absolute dream for me to go into business with my dad. The fact that we’re giving so much back to families and the community makes this adventure even better.”

The newest Goddard School, located at 1151 Muhlenbergia Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC, will be open Monday to Friday from 6:30 AM to 6 PM.

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The year 2020 has been an eventful year – sorry – five months. We’ve spent more than 90 days following stay-at-home orders, wearing face coverings to shop for essentials and trying (and failing) to find soap and hand sanitizer anywhere. During this time, we’ve also dealt with unemployment, furloughs, work from home and homeschooling. (We won’t talk about that last one.) On top of this, we’re experiencing the biggest civil rights movement in history.

What does this mean? We’re tired, scared and stressed. Living through these huge events often means that we put our own needs on hold, including the very important and basic need: human connection. While social media use may have increased dramatically over the past few weeks, it will never solely meet the need for maintaining personal connections.

Under normal circumstances, I talk to numerous co-workers during a workday, sometimes about work, but often it’s about our personal lives. It helps relieve stress, break up my day and even clear my head, which serves to enhance the quality of the work I produce. To help cultivate these same experiences during social distancing, many co-workers and friends have found other ways to stay connected. So, to celebrate National Best Friend’s Day, here are some ideas that may help you maintain and grow your relationships.

  1. Give them a phone call.

As a millennial, I dislike phone calls, so just text me. Send me an email. It’s faster. Under normal circumstances, I’d probably still feel this way, but now, I’ve realized that hearing a friend or co-workers voice provides a deeper connection than an email or text message. I feel better after chatting with someone on the phone. I think it leads to more robust conversation and shares your thoughts or frustrations, but just remember to talk about things other than work.

  1. Host a virtual happy hour.

Before COVID-19, my co-workers would set up a monthly happy hour at a nearby bar or restaurant. Now, they’ve evolved it into a bi-weekly virtual happy hour. This is a great way for all of us to see each other and chat about anything non-work related. Sometimes a game or two is played, but overall it’s a fun way to relax and let off steam.

  1. Start a virtual book club.

Book clubs can be a lot of fun and reading is fundamental. It’s interesting to listen to co-workers and friends discuss what they took away from each chapter and for you to share your takeaways. Given our country’s current circumstances, consider choosing books written by authors of color, particularly ones that dissect racism. Here’s a great list to get you started.

  1. Plan a video call.

Along the same lines of virtual happy hours and book clubs, are video chats. Try scheduling time to chat with a co-worker or two during a virtual coffee or lunch break. It’s more intimate than the entire team, and it’s another great way to break up the day.

So tell us, how do you stay connected with friends and co-workers?