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How Young Tech Entrepreneurs are Recreating Reno

by Janice McElroy

It’s not often that a town gets to reinvent itself.

Reno has had the chance to do just that...and we’re doing it in spades!

Technology companies are playing a key part in recreating Reno, many of them founded by millennial entrepreneurs with big plans for their businesses in The Biggest Little City.

Reno startups are transforming the perception of what Reno is, their impact evident in the signs of gentrification everywhere. These changes are in large part the result of young tech entrepreneurs setting up show in our beautiful town.

Recreating Reno

Multiple resources have been made available to businesses wishing to take advantage of the business friendly environment we’re building in Reno.

These resources include:

  • The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN)
  • The Innevation Center, which promotes startups
  • The Reno Collective which provides workspace for entrepreneurs


Economic Growth

Reno technology companies are definitely playing a big part in Reno’s economic outlook.

But it’s not just tech businesses that are thriving in Reno...local “non tech” businesses are benefiting as well.

For example, individuals employed with tech companies typically earn higher wages, and they spend the majority of those wages locally on everything from eating out and entertainment to maintaining a home.

Looking forward

Young tech entrepreneurs are serving as visionaries for the future of Reno.

No longer is Reno the place where kids graduate and then move elsewhere...they’ve got some real opportunities to earn a great living right where they live!

Housing market

Both residents and local business owners are optimistic about the future of Reno.

After the housing market crash, building in Reno pretty much stopped. While economic conditions at that time required such a response, Reno is faced with the opposite problem now.

In spite of massive building efforts, the housing supply is tight in Reno, which is great for investors and homeowners, but people interested in finding a new home are struggling.

While builders are playing catch up, entrepreneurs...some of them home grown and some from elsewhere...are building a new, thriving Reno.

One new tech entrepreneur put his company’s decision to choose Reno over Silicon Valley in this way. “From the weather to the taxes to the outside to the size of our house to the ability to walk into the Basement (beneath the old downtown post office) and have coffee and get a table, Reno is much more interesting.”

If you’ve been thinking about moving to Reno now is the right time. Contact us today and we’ll help you find the home that’s perfect for you!

As you prepare to observe National Gratitude Month, you realize that good workers are sometimes hard to find. You want your workers to know that you appreciate what they do for your business day in and day out. You also want to inspire all your workers to invest in your company, so they will work harder. Another goal you have is to achieve and maintain high morale in your workplace. Do not worry about how much it will cost you. You do not need a large budget to show appreciation. You can be frugal and still make what you do meaningful for your employees. In the end, whatever you spend will be worth it to you.

Give Time Off

One easy way to show appreciation is by giving paid time off. You may not be able to give employees a whole day off with pay, but that would let your workers know you are thankful for what they do. An alternative is to allow them to leave one or two hours early, or come in one or two hours late. If your company operates during regular business hours, your employees may have personal business they need to tend to. This will make it easier for them. Your employees will in turn, appreciate your thoughtfulness in giving them this gift.

Let Them Recognize Each Other

Many times, the workers themselves know who is putting in the extra effort that makes your business successful. Not many business owners are on the floor, but your employees are. Set up a weekly or monthly recognition program where workers nominate each other as outstanding employees. You could have a drawing for the prize where you pay for the winner’s lunch or even assign them a parking spot.

Listen to Them

When you own the business, your focus is often “the bottom line.” Sometimes, you are so focused on doing business, you may not be seeing different ways to do it. Your employees have ideas because they are doing the work. Give them the opportunity to share their ideas. Then, act upon them when able. You can create a forum where employees give input into upcoming decisions you are considering. Another way to get ideas is to have a suggestion box. With this option, you need to make sure you read the suggestions and act on them. You need to let them know you have read them and considered them.

Make Them Family

Get to know your employees by name and learn something about them. Workers will be more committed to a job if they feel like they are a part of something bigger. Compared to them feeling as if they’re just another employee. You could also host a “chat and chew” lunch where fellowship is the focus rather than business. Of course, you pay for the meal. Another idea is to plan an event for everyone and include their families. You can also allow them to flex their hours if they ask to attend a function at their child’s school or their spouse’s job. Knowing that you value their family time will only build their commitment to you.

Give Little Gifts

Sometimes smaller means more. Rather than doing this for one month, stretch your recognition of National Gratitude Month throughout the year. Set up a week every quarter as Gratitude Week or a day each week, like Thankful Tuesday. Give small, useful gifts or sweet treats they can enjoy as they go about the workday. You could set up a free coffee and tea bar. Another idea in this category is to give a variety of small denomination gift cards. $5 off is still $5 you have saved them.

These 5 suggestions for observing National Gratitude Month are ideas that are easy to put into place. As you carry out your plans, you will see the benefits. If you follow through, you will see a rise in morale and quality work. You need to invest your time and some of your money to make this happen. Remember, your employees make your business what it is. The leadership starts with you. When workers are invested in their place of employment, they will be happier and work harder. Everyone wants to know someone sees the good things they are doing and appreciates their effort.

11 Recreational Activities that Make Reno Fun

by Janice McElroy

People have many reasons for moving to Reno, but chances are they’re not moving here to simply sit around and do nothing.

There’s a lot to see and do in the Biggest Little City and with the wide range of recreational activities available, you’re certain to find something you like.

Whether you prefer to be an observer or an active participant, Reno abounds with recreational activities in every form and fashion.


road on desert

1.   Swimming

There’s no doubt about it, Reno can get hot, so when the temperature starts to soar, the swimsuits go on and families look for ways to cool down.

Even though we’re in a desert, there are still lots of places for water-bugs of all ages and sizes to play:

Reno

Sparks

Wingfield Park

Whitewater Park at Rock Park

North Valleys Water Splash Park

 

Sparks Marina Park

Yori Park

Victorian Square Interactive Fountain

Beaches at Lake Tahoe

Melio Gaspari Water Play Park at Lazy 5 Regional Park

 

 

2.   Fishing

Nevada’s state fish, the Lahontan cutthroat trout, is found in the Truckee, Humboldt, Carson, Walker and Quinn rivers. A huge fish, measuring more than 3 feet in length and with a record weight of 60 pounds, it’s no surprise that fishing is one of the most popular leisure activities in Reno.

3.   Hiking

The trails near Reno are among the best you’ll ever hike. Varying in distance, elevation and terrain, there’s always something new to see every time you go.

Following are five of the most loved hiking trails in and near Reno.:

 

Trail

Distance

Elevation

Hunter Creek Trail

5.2 miles

Up to 1784 from high desert overlooking downtown Reno

Lower Galena Creek Trail

4 miles

Increase of 700 feet over the length of the trail

Hidden Valley County Park Trail

2 miles

Quick increase of 1,000 feet over the length of the trail

Huffaker Park Lookout Trail

¾ mile OR 1.6 mile loop

Increase of 200 feet in elevation makes this a popular trail for dog walkers and joggers as well as hikers

Tahoe Meadows (Mount Rose)

1.3 mile loop

Small gain in elevation, but starts at 8,870 feet (Reno is at 4,505 feet) - bring snowshoes or skis in the winter!

 

4.   Mountain biking

If mountain biking is your speed, you’ll find some lung burning and quad stretching trails close to home but you’ll also find some fun trails that are a perfect addition to your list of family activities in Reno.

The following trails vary from beginner to advanced, but all of them offer spectacular views in every direction.

 

Trail

Distance

Elevation

The Zipper Loop

6.7 miles

1,364 ascent, - 670

descent

Keystone Canyon Loop

15 miles loop

4,926 feet

Steamboat Ditch to Hole in The Wall

14 miles out and back

4,895 feet

Reno Truckee River Ride

15 miles out and back, but can be shortened by jumping onto the trail at various points

4,639 feet

Peavine Mountain Bike Trail

20 miles as part of a network of trails

5,388 feet climbing up to 6,800 feet

 

5.   Sand dunes

Other outdoor activities and day trips in Reno require a bit of travel but are well worth the effort.  Sand Mountain Recreation area and their singing sand dunes is a must-see place to visit.

It’s an 85 mile drive East of Reno off Highway 50 towards Fallon, so plan accordingly.

Managed by the BLM, the dunes are a favorite with dune buggies, ATVs and motorbikes, but there are also places for hikers and bikers.

The dunes are also home to the endangered blue butterfly which depends on the Kearney buckwheat found in the area. If you decide to go...and you really should...look out for certain trails that are closed off to protect this beautiful butterfly’s natural habitat.

6.   Spelunking (Cave exploring)

While you can make a real day trip...weekend trip, actually...of exploring caves, you don’t have to travel too far to enjoy some time out of the heat.

Hidden Cave in Fallon - named so because of its hard to find opening - is both historically rich and naturally beautiful.

In addition to a free tour of the cave, visitors can explore the museum’s artifacts and learn about the history of the cave, which is said to be in a continual state of change since the ice age.

Other caves include Lovelock Cave (little over 100 miles from Reno) and Spirit Cave where a 10,000+ year old mummy was discovered (75 miles east of Reno).

7.   Exploring petroglyphs and pictographs

If you’ve never heard of them before, petroglyphs are elaborate drawings that were gouged by Native Americans into huge boulders tens of thousands of years ago.

Pictographs are different from petroglyphs in that they’re painted on top of the rock using different pigments from natural sources such as charcoal, gypsum or ocher (iron ore).

If you’re planning on moving to Reno, once you’ve settled in, make some time to go see these links to the past. You’ll be amazed at their intricate detail and beautiful colors.

A few places this amazing rock art can be seen include:

  • Winnemucca Lake
  • Hidden Cave
  • Lagomarsino Canyon

8.   Paddleboarding or Boating

Lake Tahoe is less than an hour away, which means you and the family could enjoy a full day of it, spending time on its crystal blue waters.

You don’t have to have the right equipment...just show up and you can rent any number of watercraft:

  • Kayaks
  • Canoes
  • Paddleboards
  • Sailboats

9.   White water rafting

If you’re more of the fast paced water fun person, you’ve got plenty of options to get your thrills in for the day!

The Truckee River runs between Carson Pass and Lake Tahoe. As a Class 3+ river it’s popular with kayakers and rafters. Other places you’ll find fast water include:

  • Carson River
  • American River
  • Yuba River

Even one of the parks in Reno has white water. Whitewater Park in downtown Reno has over half of mile of pools, a racing course for kayaks and a variety of obstacles you can use to practice your white-water rafting skills!

10.  Wild Mustang Watching

An iconic part of the “Wild West”, there are nearly 20,000 wild mustangs and burros (donkeys) in Nevada. They’re descended from tame animals brought here by settlers and miners in the 1800s.

There are several ways you can find mustangs to watch; get lucky and spot a herd on your own, book a tour with people who know where these beasts roam or hike through one of the 87 herd management areas across the state.

Another option? Drop by the Palomino Valley National Adoption Center north of Reno and adopt one of your own!

11.  Take a Lunar Walk

For an otherworldly experience, visit Lunar Crater Volcanic Field, 75 miles east of Tonopah. It’s a long drive from Reno, but it’s worth the trip.

The Lunar Crater Volcanic Field is an area of volcanism that covers 100 square miles at the southern end of the Pancake Range. You’ll see cinder cones, lava outcrops, elongated fissures, and the main event...the 430 foot deep Lunar Crater!

If a move to Reno is on your horizon, we can help you find the perfect home in a location that you’ll love.

Contact us to get started...today!

The Five Stages of Moving To Reno

by Janice McElroy

It’s not a stretch to say that moving to Reno will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

The Reno Arch, on which our famous slogan, “The Biggest Little City in the World” is written, was originally built to advertise the Nevada Transcontinental Highway Exposition in 1926 - a big deal for a small little desert town.

Rather than tear down the perfectly good arch, the city fathers held a contest, offering $100 (a lot of money back then) for a slogan to replace the exposition name and date on the arch.

The winner, G.A. Burns of Sacramento earned his place in the annals of history...not to mention the $100 dollars...and “The Biggest Little City in the World” became the city’s slogan.

Now that you know a bit of our city’s history, let’s move on to the 5 stages of moving to Reno that you’ll experience when making Reno your new home.

Denial

Whatever brought you to Reno...new job, as a result of Reno’s tech boom, marriage or maybe school...one of the first stages you’ll go through when moving to Reno is denial.

Because Reno can be so different, until you get your footing, you may start to wonder what in the world you’ve done. When your friends and family back home ask “what is it like living in Reno”, you might find it hard to come up with the right words.

You could talk about the cost of living in Reno, the great places to eat, the quirky bars like any of the Bully’s Sports Bars, but it’s not easy to capture the real essence of living in The Biggest Little City, so you might find your descriptions lacking.

The safest bet?

Tell them to come for a visit and see for themselves what makes us such a great place to work and live!

Surprise

Once you’ve been here for a short while, your denial will slowly morph into surprise...especially when you visit our state’s natural beauty.

Take a hike in the beautiful Tahoe National Forest and you’ll see what I mean.

One thing is certain, after hiking through hills of heavy forest, soaking up the sweet vanilla scent of Jeffrey Pines and pushing through Cottonwood, Elm, Pinion and Ash trees, you’ll be shocked when you reach the vast expanse of desert in less than half an hour.

It’s almost like a different world…

Acceptance

Now that you’ve seen the sights - both natural and man-made - you start to feel more comfortable in your new home.

When friends and family drop by you take them to your favorite points of interest in Reno. They’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ve adapted and grateful that they got to see the “true” Reno, and didn’t have to settle for the typical “tourist traps”.

Planted

It’s been said over and over again… “once you move here, you ARE here!”

Or, put another way, you can get out of Reno, but you can’t get Reno out of you! If you ever leave you’ll be drawn back by our beautiful lakes, mountains, wild horses, tiny towns and the artistic feel of the Midtown area.

And of course, let’s not forget the huge industries moving into town and becoming invested in its growth.

Even the Reno real estate market, which fell prey to 2008’s bust, is coming back stronger than ever...in large part because of the influx of a diverse range of industries and people moving into town.

Advocate

After living here for several years, perhaps raising a family or starting a business, you become an advocate for Reno.

You can’t think of anywhere else you want to live, and you urge your friends and family to move here too...sharing stories of the fun you’ve had and talking about all of the great times you can share when they move here.

The time is now!

If you’ve been thinking of moving to Reno, there’s no better time, than the present!

Contact us today - we can help you find the perfect home and get settled in what you’ll soon come to consider the most perfect place to live on Earth!

Curling up with a good book after work is a great way to relax and escape the stresses of the day. To celebrate National Book Month, you can explore all the benefits found between the pages at home. These same benefits can also boost professional skills and relationships in the office. Implementing a reading program and encouraging people to read may take time and effort. As a business team leader, encouraging the group to read more can have surprising effects. Reading can benefit the entire department or company.

What Does Reading Do For You?

Although reading non-fiction books can help you learn about specific topics, reading any book provides benefits in general. Even the latest fiction beach read can give you a boost. Encourage your team to read if you want them to improve in the following areas:

  • Improved intelligence and knowledge base
  • Larger vocabulary and understanding
  • Automatic development of writing skills
  • Expands the ability to analyze complex situations
  • Eases interpersonal relationships
  • Reduces stress

3 Tips to Encourage Solitary Reading

Reading by yourself is more for entertainment, though some prefer informational texts. The best way to encourage employees to pick up a book is to leave the subject matter and title to them. Don’t make it sound like homework or something they must do, or risk their job.

–Make free books available throughout the building. The more visible they are, the more likely people will be to pick one up and read. Every break room should have a mini library where people can take and give back. It makes it easy to stock, as well as keeps the selection fresh from library sales and thrift shops.

–Inform people of the benefits and set a good example. Post small posters near the bookshelves that list how reading can help them. Pick up a book yourself and read it on break and discuss it with others.

–Make books and bookstore gift cards a coveted prize for productivity goals met, or for special situations, holiday gifts, and fun giveaways.

How to Make Reading a Team-Building Exercise

Any time you can get your team to do something together, work-related or not, the strength of the whole becomes stronger than its parts. Book groups are a natural choice for encouraging your team to improve reading and social skills.

Provide the same book to the entire team, but make reading it voluntary. No one wants to be forced to do at-home work for their job. Schedule a regular book group meeting in the break room or even at a local bar or café. Make it fun. You could even hold it at your house if you are comfortable with that. As employees improve their knowledge and vocabulary from the book, they will improve their communication skills. It can also boost respect for fellow team members.

Employees work harder when they are enjoying the project or receiving rewards. For example, your business team got a client’s order out three days ahead of time. Reward them all with a gift card to a bookstore.

There are many ways to encourage reading in the workplace. Books and magazines offer so many benefits for cognition. Other benefits include vocabulary and writing skills. These skills are much needed in any workplace, so it makes sense to push your team to read.Turn reading into a game at work as well and give prizes for it. If you are all reading the same book, create daily quizzes or reading progress charts. This can foster a bit of friendly competition. Post a quiz question about the book on the wall and ask people to email the answer. Whoever gets the most right by the end of the week gets an extra-long lunch or a special prize.

National Book Month is the perfect time to start making changes which will positively impact the success of your team. It does not matter what industry you work in or what niche you fill. Reading entertaining books will boost productivity, interpersonal skills, communication abilities, and reduce stress. These benefits help everyone, and they are all found within the pages of a book.

 

A Brief History of Reno For Newcomers

by Janice McElroy

Although officially established in 1868, Reno’s history begins much earlier.


In the late 1840s and 50s, it started as a preferred crossing point for travelers headed to the California gold rush over the Truckee River, an inland river that flows eastward, from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake.

Then, in 1859 the Comstock Lode was discovered in the nearby Virginia City foothills, making the river crossing even more important for the growing mining and agriculture trade.

Reno was officially put on the map nearly a decade later, in 1868, when the transcontinental railroad followed the Truckee River into town.

The University of Nevada was founded in 1874 as a land-grant university, and in 1885, its primary campus was built on a hill overlooking Reno from the north.

The University has always played a key part in the history of Reno, as it contributes to the town’s identity and established Reno’s reputation as a cultural center.

This is seen in the large number of cultured amenities for a city of its size, which contributed to Reno’s nickname, “Biggest Little City in the World.”

At the turn of the 19th century, Reno became a destination for quick divorces and three decades later, a prototype for modern hotel/casino gaming.

The transcontinental Lincoln Highway, now known as 4th street, passed through the heart of downtown and Reno’s moderately sized destination hotel/casinos and retail stores were parked along the primary north/south road through Reno known as Virginia Street.

On either side of the Virginia Street core, motor lodges were built in response to the growing post-war automobile tourism.

Until recently, when large technology industries chose Reno as their headquarters, tourism and the gaming/entertainment industry were the core industries for most of the 20th century.

More facts about Reno

Casinos

If you go by the assumption that “licensing” is required for a casino to be considered the first casino in Reno, then it would have to be The Owl Club - it was the first licensed casino in Reno after gambling was legalized in the 30s.

Other casinos, such as The Northern Club and The Bank Club, also became “official” after many years of illegal gambling.

Fast forward to today, we’ve got much more than gambling and shows in Reno...we’re a bustling metropolis. Every conceivable amenity can be found here, yet we still retain the flavor of our past...something Reno natives greatly enjoy.

Arts & culture

July is known as Artown month in Reno. For the entire month, residents and visitors enjoy a vast display of art, music, dance and other cultural experiences.

Parks

The Truckee River is host to the Oxbow Nature Study Park, one of the few remaining fairly intact riparian areas. It holds an interpretive center, a pond with an overlook (Beaver Pond) and short trails passing through cottonwood and other trees and brushes.

In the summer, kids can play in the water at one of seven parks:

  • Idlewild’s Lion Den Playground
  • Yori
  • Las Brisas
  • Summit Ridge
  • Wheatland
  • Panther Valley
  • Silver Lake

 

Present day Reno still has echoes of the spirited, independent individuals who built this city, bent on securing their fortunes and making a name for themselves in America’s frontier.

If you’ve been thinking about moving to Reno, you’ll need someone who can help you find the perfect home in the best location.

We can help. Contact us when you start planning your move to Reno so you can get settled in quickly and start enjoying all that Reno has to offer.

Many people believe that learning stops once a person graduates from high school or college. Every October, people are encouraged to celebrate adult learners during National Learning & Development Month (NLD Month.) If you’re an employer, this information should hold special significance with you.

According to Forbes, employee dissatisfaction due to a lack of training and development is a key reason why good employees quit. If you suspect that some of your employees have left for the same reason, take heart. Here are ways to foster a learning culture at your workplace.

Some Background Information

According to the eLearning Industry website, adult learners have specific traits that make them different from child learners. On the whole, adult learners want to learn something practical. In the workplace, this means they need to learn something that impacts their daily work or help them advance. Employees should learn what the benefit will be from what they are learning.  For example, a videographer who’s asked to learn Adobe After Effects, should be taught about the special effects they can create with that program.

It’s also important to remember that adults wrestle with a lot of responsibilities. When creating a training and development program for the workplace, employers make the lessons flexible and relevant. This might include integrating social media learning or instructional games. The best instructional designers also allow adult learners to learn from their mistakes.

Finally, whatever instruction adults are given, it should be in small chunks. This method of training works with the brain’s learning capacity instead of against. Pushing too much new information all at once causes cognitive overload.

Problems with Career Development Programs

If career training and development is such a critical factor in keeping employees, why don’t more employers do it? A lack of time is a primary reason why more time isn’t devoted to helping employees reach their potentials. Yet, as the Forbes article points out, it is human nature to make time for a person’s most important activities.

Sometimes obstacles like corporate bureaucracy can get in the way. Aside from companies not wanting to spend the money for training, many programs are too hard to implement. These training systems sound nice in theory, but leave something lacking in practice. Often, they’re difficult for already overworked managers to put in place. Again, one of the ways around this issue is to keep the adult learner in mind. Even the most gifted learners do better if the information is presented in smaller chunks that are easy to absorb.

Why Companies Should Develop Career Training

Companies that embrace employee training also create a work place that promotes constant learning. This approach to the work environment actually encourages closer employee relationships. As employees become better trained, they can pass their knowledge on to other employees.

These companies also end up with employees who know what to do when the pressure is on. Many jobs by nature are high stress. Employees who are properly trained and who regularly get to use their new skills are in a position of readiness when things turn difficult.

Final Thoughts and Takeaways

For managers trying to promote a better workplace, National Learning & Development Month offers a good “excuse.” Most people think of formal classroom training when they think of job training. But, as the NLD Month website points out, learning can be watching TED Talks or hosting business related book clubs. It can also be playing structural video games or attending online classes. Fortunately, today’s technology has made training adults easier than ever.
Adult learners count as the most eager learners around. They learn because they want to grow. They’re self-directed, though appreciate guidance and support. Once trained, they have more job satisfaction and are more likely to contribute to a culture of growth. To sum it up, adult learning is both personally and professionally rewarding for all involved.

7 Reasons to Move to Reno

by Janice McElroy

Reno is the heartbeat of the northern Nevada region. If you find yourself considering a move to Reno , there are several reasons why it's both a good choice and one that can create a completely diverse lifestyle.

lake tahoe in Reno

The Art Community

If you are considering relocating to Reno, particularly to Reno from the San Francisco Bay Area, you may feel like you are sacrificing the deeply rooted sense of art inherent in the Bay Area. However, Reno has a rich and unique art community that is intensifying. From the Space Whale of downtown to The Star Reno just off of centrally running Virginia Street, lovers of art have found a home in Reno. The city also has its own art at the Nevada Museum of Art.  Local artist exhibitions are featured in addition to nationally recognized displays.

A Family Friendly City

When you think to yourself, "What is it like living in Reno? Is Reno a safe place to live?", “Family friendly” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. With the chiming sounds of slot machines ringing through gas stations and casinos, gambling is likely the first thing on your mind. Bad neighborhoods coming in second.  However, some of the best neighborhoods in Reno pepper the outskirts in up-and-coming areas, and its historical neighborhoods offer character to the city, as a whole. The most recent census done in the area found that almost 23% of the population is under the age of 18.  Along with the family oriented demographics of the city, there are also many family ventures. The Discovery and The National Automobile Museums, Wild Island Water Park, and Reno’s recreational facilities in general are a true draw for the region.

Exceptional Higher Education

When considering a move to Reno from the Bay Area, you may think that you have to sacrifice access to great education.  However, The University of Nevada, Reno is a short drive from downtown. As far as Universities go, it is in the top rankings of the realm of higher education schools. UNR was included and ranked by US News as one of the best colleges in the US.

Impressive Cultural Events

The Reno area has many different festivals and activities year-round so that every person is sure to find their niche.  The ever-growing brewing industry hosts yearly events like Canfest.  Burning Man, a world renowned, documentary covered, social and cultural event that takes place a few hours from Reno’s city center. The Best in the West Rib Cook Off, Hot August Nights, the Great Reno Balloon Races, the Reno Rodeo, the Reno Championship Air Races… No matter what you are looking for, there’s an event for it here.

Outdoor Adventures

Aside from the fact that Reno is within a short hour drive from Lake Tahoe (which is the bluest lake in the nation), it also provides easy access to a variety of hiking trails. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned hiker, the paths are limitless and entice lovers of nature and adventure seekers alike.

The Hops Culture

As mentioned earlier, Reno’s brewing industry is on the rise. For hops enthused people, the pickings are vast and the drinks are endless. From Great Basin Brewing to Pigeon Head Brewing, many of the companies are locally owned and operated. They curate singularly genuine brews that speak to the essence of the region.

The Unmatched Scenery

While Reno may be nestled into the sage brush hewn landscapes of a high desert, there is an unmistakable beauty to the sweeping blue skies. Such as imposing mountainous rises and fragrant rushes of the wild growing desert flowers. Even in the heart of Reno where the lights shine bright, they’ll overpower the faint winking of stars. The colors of the setting sun are breathtaking and unlike anywhere else in the country. To know and love the landscape is to know what it is like living in Reno.

When you lay out the pros and cons of living in Reno, you will find that the pros outweigh the cons. It may seem like a hub of betting and frivolous excitement. Yet, upon a closer look, it is cultural, rich, beautiful, and an excellent place to find yourself a resident. If you’re ready to make the move or have more questions, contact the Reno relocation expert Janice McElroy.

5 Ways Your Eye Health Affects Your Team’s Productivity

by Janice McElroy

It starts with a little annoyance. Then the blinking, headaches, and dry eyes creep in. We’ve heard it before – take a screen break, rest your eyes. But did you know that ignoring these suggestions could be affecting your team’s productivity at work?
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that nearly 80 percent of us report at least one visual disturbance at work each day and over half of us actually have to rest our eyes due to the discomfort or pain.


August is National Eye Exam Month and a good time for a reminder that eye strain at work lowers productivity. Poor eyesight and other vision problems can cost you.
Here’s how vision problems may affect your work performance and team productivity:

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) happens from staring at a screen too long without taking a break. You can treat it by using a set of eye exercises each day (Try these) and taking regular screen breaks. You may think that taking regular screen breaks are what cause the drop in productivity for your team. It’s quite the opposite. Taking a break every 20 minutes to look away from the screen allows your eyes to rest and relax the strain put on them by office work. If you’re using the restroom or prowling the break room for water or a snack, you’re also relaxing the neck which means you’ll be avoiding the aches and pains that often come from sitting too long. When we sit and stare for too long, we end up having to take longer breaks or eventually days off work. This is far more damaging to productivity as you can’t contribute if you’re not there.

Headaches

Headaches related to vision can be a product of CVS, eye strain, or simply not having the right eyewear. Millions of Americans have changes in their vision but don’t take the time to get their annual eye exam. Wearing the wrong lenses causes the eyes to work harder and lead to strain. You may also not be seeing things as clearly as you should. This can cause headaches. What happens if you can’t see clearly? You might be missing something in meetings.

Ergonomic Issues

Many of us wear bifocals or have the wrong prescription all together. This means we make adjustments like leaning closer to the screen. You may tilt your head up and down to see the words right too. These adjustments can cause us ergonomic issues that lead to neck and head pain or even joint pain. This pain causes a loss in productivity as we then spend more time stopping to stretch, re-position, or rub those sore muscles. Many organizations have an ergonomics consultant that can assess the work space and make recommendations. Recommendations that could increase productivity.

You Think About It All the Time

The headaches. The neck pain. The fuzzy vision after staring at the computer screen all day. You think about these things so often that you’re costing valuable work time. You’re not mentally present. When you’re not thinking about them, you’re physically trying to adjust to avoid them, again wasting valuable productivity time. Encouraging employees to get a routine eye exam can be a great start to stomping out this cause for discomfort.

Glaring Issues

Glare on the computer screen can compound any of the other potential vision issues we’ve already discussed. If your team members are constantly battling the sun, poor lighting, or improper monitor settings, it could be affecting their productivity. This comes with a simple fix. Assess the work space. Come up with cost effective solutions like blinds, stick on screen glare protectors, or even a simple (and free!) adjustment of the brightness/contrast settings on the computer’s monitor. Sometimes it’s not the most costly solution that saves time and money, it’s the simple one that wins. Removing these barriers for your employees sets them up to spend less time fidgeting with workplace conditions and more time getting their tasks done.
So what does it all mean? August is National Eye Exam Month, right? Go ahead and take a minute right now (yes, we’ll wait) and call your eye doctor for an exam appointment. Making sure vision loss, eye strain, or other interferences aren’t bogging you and your team down is an important and worthwhile contribution you can make today. Do it for yourself and your work.

 

As you find yourself considering uprooting your life and starting fresh in a new place with new people, you may also find yourself dealing with the mental battle of “should I stay or should I go.” A move to Reno from the San Francisco area is a big environmental shift. By relocating to Reno, you will find that for every loss, there is a gain. At the end of the day, the pros will outweigh the cons.

Young professionals are relocating to Reno

Scenery

What's Holding You Back
It’s hard to deny the unique and beautiful display that San Francisco’s relation to the bay creates. With a great landmark like the Golden Gate Bridge, a sense of pride for the area is valid and genuine. Feeling connected to the bay can make relocating to Reno seem not worth the loss of that connection.


Why You Should Go
To relocate to Reno from the San Francisco Bay Area is to lose the bay, but it is to gain Lake Tahoe. Tahoe’s striking blue water and crystalline depths make it one of the most loved and beautiful lakes in the United States. Surrounded by deep green forests and towering mountain expanses, the beauty of the setting is a unique display. The San Francisco bay is geared toward tourism outings and industrial business. Tahoe is for the enjoyment of everyone for recreational purposes all year round.


Art

What's Holding You Back
The Bay Area has a big art community. With ongoing projects that seek to provide artists with an outlet to display and enjoy other art, this cultural norm is an integral part of the region.

 

Why You Should Go

While you may be letting go of the Bay Area’s art experiences, you would be exchanging it for Reno’s art community. This is a niche that you will not lose with the move. When considering your move to Reno, you will likely ask, “What is it like living in Reno?” To know Reno’s art displays is to know what it’s like to live in Reno. It is prolific, diverse, and ever growing. The city has legislation in place to ensure that the artists and their work thrive and continue to have an outlet for their work.

Things To Do

What's Holding You Back
One of the best things about living in the Bay Area is that you are a stone’s throw from innumerable activities, events, and theme parks alike. A move to Reno would potentially mean losing the option to drive to any out of venues that are conveniently located within and around the city.


Why you Should Go
Reno has activities within its city limits. Water Parks, Museums, and recreational facilities are within a 20-minute drive from any point in Reno. This is opposed to a multiple hour drive. Additionally, Reno is still within driving distance of off-site venues. A move to the Reno area would provide double the access to activities.

Community

What's Holding You Back
The stacked rows of houses in Painted Lady neighborhoods are a testament to the structural design of the Bay Area. These unique urban qualities give character to the area that's seen even by those that live on the other side of the country. The character of the city makes it unique among all the other cities in the nation. To lose that is to lose a sense of atmosphere and eccentricity that is endearing for residents.

Why You Should Go

Reno is as urban as the Bay Area without the sense of constriction the Bay Area’s layout creates. True, Reno lacks the atmosphere of a city raised along hills. Yet, its Midtown District’s modern quirks, the bungalow style of '60s built homes, and its up-and-coming new builds are among the best neighborhoods in Reno. Traveling through the city, you can see the area's metamorphosis and get a general sense for the region's diversity.


City vs. City

By exchanging one city for another, you may be wondering, “Is Reno a safe place to live?” This is an honest and important question to ask. An analysis done of each area found that in 2015, per 100,000 people, San Francisco’s violent crime rate was 417.5. In Reno, per 100,000 people, the violent crime rate was only 333.7. Statistically speaking, Reno is the safer city between the two.

Moving from a place you’ve known to a place you don’t is overwhelming at best and terrifying at worst. To help ease some of these anxieties, don’t hesitate to contact the Reno relocation experts at the office of Janice McElroy. Understanding the pros and cons of living in Reno is a great way to lay the foundation of understanding why the shift will be rewarding and worth the effort.

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