Each quarter, JK Moving Services picks one of our commercial clients to be awarded the “Commercial Move of the Quarter.”
This honor recognizes and showcases outstanding commercial relocation projects. The award criteria are based on the scope and nature of the move, with an emphasis on projects that have unique components or that helped the client solve a challenge. The award is given to one commercial client each quarter.
JK is pleased to announce its Q2 2014 Commercial Move of the Quarter to ASIWorks/ PSI Family Services.
“In the thousands of successful moves we’ve completed since establishing JK’s Commercial Division in 1996, the scope of our projects has expanded beyond moving file cabinets and office equipment,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO, JK Moving Services. “Although traditional office moving is still a staple of our work, it has been exciting to partner with our clients to solve unusual relocation challenges. With this award, we recognize and thank ASIWorks/PSI Family Services for their confidence in us.”
The second quarter award recipient provides financial and administrative services and back office support to health and human services and catering services companies. JK provided multi-level relocation services to ASIWorks/ PSI Family Services, including office and storage consolidation, space planning, electronic recycling, and document destruction. And when construction was delayed on ASIWorks/PSI Family Services’ new space, JK compressed the multi-layered move into one weekend instead of the scheduled two.
“JK was flexible to our changing needs. With so many details and logistics to manage, I was concerned when we had to complete our move over one weekend instead of two,” said Kathy Logan, Procurement Officer, ASIWorks/PSI Family Services. “JK moved quickly to re-develop the logistics plan, and coordinate with our general contractor and building management. Our offices and critical systems were moved efficiently, with minimal disruption to our business. They ensured that on Monday morning, we were fully operational in our new space.”
We’ve all had times where we are shopping or sitting in our car and an old song comes on the radio that triggers memories from our past. Those songs can bring out intense, old feelings of happiness or sadness we once felt during that time of our life.
Much like music, our physical belongings can also serve as emotional memory anchors.
Moving on and moving out is never an easy task during a divorce. Moving can be stressful enough without having to divide your belongings and having every item you pack be a reminder of the good and bad times you once had in the home.
Packing under these conditions often requires careful and deliberate steps to make the process a little easier.
For some, getting rid of the constant reminders and starting fresh is the best way to move on. For others, these life changes can cause excess emotional trauma. It is important to do what you feel is best for you emotionally.
Dividing and Conquering. If you are moving out, make sure you pack only the items that are yours and yours alone. Those items which are shared equally need to be discussed and agreed upon. If possible, make a list of the items you want to take with you that were once shared and have your spouse or partner agree to the list.
You should also consider putting items you are unsure you want to keep or even disputed items in storage until things have settled.
Asking for Help. Having friends around you during a separation or divorce can make it easier. Not only will they give you support, but they can help you sort through your belongings. For families going through tough times, hiring movers to pack and load their items can make the moving out process a lot easier and less traumatizing for all parties involved.
Friends and family will be important even after the move. Keep in touch with your support system so that you don’t drift or feel lonely. Check out your new surroundings, find new places to go out to eat and hang out, and join a local gym to keep you feeling good both inside and out.
Both divorce and moving are stressful life events, together, they are even harder. Taking things step-by-step can help you through it with more ease.
As we all know, moving can be an overwhelming task. And if you get a new neighbor, it’s nice to reach out and make them feel welcome (check out our article on easy ways to meet your new neighbors). Introducing yourself to a new neighbor can seem daunting and awkward to some, and perhaps even more so if the new neighbor is a single person you’d like to get to know better.
Welcoming them to the neighborhood with a gift is often seen as proper “neighborly” etiquette. Here are our favorite 10 unique housewarming gift ideas from thisiswhyimbroke.com, which you can use to break the ice with the new bachelor or bachelorette next door:
When you think about a moving company, you probably think about the folks who actually conduct your move, like the packers, drivers, and warehouse staff. But there are so many other employees “behind the scenes.” I recently sat down with Lisa Jewell, JK Moving Services’ Archives Administrative Manager, to better get to know her and her role at JK. Here is a little of what she shared:
Tell me about your background; who is Lisa Jewell?
Well, I was born on the Air Force base in Colorado Springs and grew up in the area. I attended Colorado State University where I studied both business and nursing. I’ve worked a lot in skilled nursing facilities; hiring and training nurses and nursing aides.
I had a myriad of other duties in skilled nursing facilities as well, including being a safety officer, managing workers’ compensation, and scheduling. I eventually moved to Virginia to be closer to family and enjoy time with my nieces and nephew.
What are some of your interests? What do you do in your spare time?
Some of my favorite pastimes include hiking, running, rafting, swimming, and skiing – basically any “mountain related” activities. Traveling is a passion of mine; I love exploring new areas.
Reading non-fiction books is my way of relaxing. I also do organic cosmetic formulation as a hobby and a way of expanding health knowledge in others.
What is your role at JK and what got you interested in this line of work?
My title is “Archives Administration Manager.” I am part of the Archives team in our Commercial Division. My role entails monitoring customer service, overseeing inventory control and information, billing management, helping maintain system functionality, educating staff and customers, and constantly improving and streamlining processes for efficiency.
I became interested based off of my previous management experience. I was very interested in working in and learning a new industry; learning new skills and challenging myself is a passion of mine.
JK Moving Services’ Andrea Bunch Receives 2014 FinFit Hero Award
FinFit is a comprehensive Financial Wellness Program that empowers employees with financial assessment tools, resources, guidance, and education to implement and maintain financial fitness and peace of mind. FinFit assists hundreds of companies and employees with providing affordable credit options and sound financial guidance.
We are proud to announce that JK Moving Services’ very own Human Resources Vice President, Andrea Bunch, received the 2014 FinFit Hero Award.
The Hero Award demonstrates an employer’s commitment to the financial wellness and education of its employees. Congratulations, Andrea!
Robert Bain (Left), FinFit’s Regional Director of Business Development, presenting the 2014 FitFit Hero Award to JK Moving Services’ Human Resources Vice President, Andrea Bunch (Right)
I recently sat down with JK’s Human Resources Benefits Administrator, Scott O’Con, to discuss JK’s partnership with FinFit and why an employee may choose to take advantage of their services:
What service does FinFit provide JK Moving Services’ employees?
FinFit delivers services that companies use to provide their employees with options when it comes to modeling loans, creating household budgets, consolidating spend, or applying for small loans, among other things. Many times, an employee may need an advance on their paycheck and getting a low cost loan from FinFit is not only an easy process, it reduces the need for that employee to borrow money from their 401(k) or become subject to lengthy credit checks.
The FinFit website offers great financial calculators that employees can use for budgeting monthly and yearly expenses.
What options does JK provide employees who need a loan or advance on their paycheck?
Well, first we would ask specific questions and give them three options:
Each Quarter, JK Moving Services picks one of our commercial clients to be awarded, “Commercial Move of the Quarter.”
This honor recognizes and showcases outstanding commercial relocation projects. The award criteria are based on the scope and nature of the move, with an emphasis on projects that have unique components or that helped the client solve a challenge. The award will be given to one commercial client each quarter.
JK is pleased to announce its Q1 2014 Commercial Move of the Quarter to Global Impact.
“We have conducted thousands of successful office moves since establishing our Commercial Moving Division in 1996,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO, JK Moving Services. “Over time, the scope of our projects has gone beyond the typical services of moving file cabinets and office equipment. JK’s clients have entrusted us to solve unusual relocation challenges, and we’ve been pleased to rise to the occasion. This award distinguishes and thanks our clients for their confidence in us.”
The first quarter award winner, Global Impact, is a non-profit organization that builds partnerships and raises resources to help the world’s most vulnerable people. When Global Impact relocated in February 2014, it needed to dispose of office furniture that was not moving to its new space in Alexandria. With the help of its partner, Etreev, JK relocated all excess furniture to a donation center where it was then donated to another non-profit group.
“This sustainable practice not only kept our unwanted materials out of a landfill, it also served to fill a need for another non-profit organization,” said Cindy Darnell, Director of Operations, Global Impact. “We loved the idea of reducing our environmental footprint and ‘paying it forward.’ It fit so nicely with our greater mission.”
Accepting the 2014 Commercial Move of the Quarter Award
In addition to facilitating the furniture donation and conducting the actual office move, JK provided a myriad of services for Global Impact, including responsibly recycling 27,000 pounds of shredded documents and recycling obsolete electronic equipment prior to the move.
Help us in congratulating Global Impact for being our “Commercial Move of the Quarter.”
In this blog, we have discussed how to make moving easier on kids, and even pets. And sometimes, moving to a new location can be hard on your social life. Making new friends isn’t always easy when you are an adult. It’s important to get to know your neighbors ─ you may even make a few life-long friends!
Meeting the neighbors can be daunting if you are somewhat shy. Chances are they are probably just as shy to approach you as you are of them. Perhaps you or your neighbor will need someone to keep an eye on the home or feed the pets while on vacation. Or maybe you want to meet the family whose kids are the same age as yours. There are plenty of reasons why it is beneficial to get to know the people who surround you. Here are four approaches to getting to know your new neighbors:
1. Bring over a gift – Nothing says “Welcome to the neighborhood” or “I have arrived” quite like a fresh batch of homemade cookies. If you are the one welcoming your new neighbors (who just moved in) you might want to also consider a thoughtful house-warming gift.
Go over and introduce yourself with your lovely gift and offer your assistance if ever they need anything from you.
If your neighbors aren’t home and you are more of the shy type who is apprehensive of approaching them, try leaving the gift by the door with a note. Most likely, they will come over and thank you personally for the gift.
2. Use your kids and pets as an excuse to strike up a conversation – One of the easiest ways to strike up a conversation with a neighbor with kids or pets is to compliment them. Parents love talking about their kids. Ask the parents questions, compliment their kids, and then introduce yourself as the new neighbor.
If your neighbors don’t have kids, they may have pets. A lot of dog owners find themselves making casual conversation with other pup lovers when their furry friends great each other and get their leashes intertwined! (Don’t forget our helpful tips on moving your pet.)
Be sure to use those opportunities to learn your neighbor’s name. You can also use this opportunity to ask about local dog parks or vets in the area.