The Making of Pamiris Client Spotlight Video Series: Pt II

One of our initial pair of client profile videos featured Second Stories, a self-described “faith based, nonprofit, community development corporation, focused on neighborhood transformation in Portland and beyond.” (The other client we interviewed was Coffeehouse NW/Sterling Coffee – click here for the video.)

Filming the video, our team (Alyssa, Jared, and I) was faced with different hurdles of filming a nonprofit whose work revolves around building community. We had to walk the line between exposing the amazing work Second Stories does without overexposing the people they seek to build personal connections with.

I was still an intern when I initiated the project, and was admittedly a little intimidated by the perceived monster I had created for myself. Luckily, the videographer Alyssa tracked down from her extensive network of creatives was Jared Birt. A man perfect parts laid back and professional, Jared was able to take my ideas and turn them into well-edited videos worthy of the Pamiris Youtube page.

In preparation for the project, Jared, Alyssa and I met to discuss our vision for Pamiris’ sophomore online video. For the Coffeehouse NW/Sterling Coffee Roasters video, I had drawn up a thorough set of story boards. But because I had never visited the locations where Jared would be shooting, the team had to be more flexible and creative while filming and editing the video. We prepared a video consent form and question list before contacting executive director Clark Blakeman about filming.

We decided to film parts of a conference where he was lecturing, and a Friday Night Stories session. During Friday Night Stories, the Second Stories crew and a group of 30 registered participants stand on SE Powell and 82nd to hand out hot dogs and listen to the different voices of the community. While we wanted to film Clark and his team in action, we had to honor the privacy of the individuals sharing their stories. Jared was careful to keep his distance while filming and allow Clark and his team to do their work in the community.

In the end, Jared did an excellent job piecing together the footage. Clark and assistant director Andreas Lunden eloquently articulate both the pleasure they find in their own work, and how helpful Pamiris has been in adapting to their nonprofit payroll needs.

We’re currently looking for more client volunteers to participate in the second round of our client spotlight video project. Please email me, Sarah Eadie, if interested.

Want to hear more about what Pamiris can do to minimize your payroll, HR, and timetracking headaches? Request a quote.

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The Making of Pamiris Client Spotlight Video Series: Pt I

The members of the Pamiris team are a creative bunch. Administrative assistant Laura Slaby graduated from PSU with a degree in art practices, for goodness sake. While payroll can be pretty dry, we’re inspired as a company by innovation, problem-solving, and creativity in unlikely places.

Which is why we’re in love with the Creators Project, a collaboration between Intel and Vice Magazine. The Creators Project features brief 5 – 10 minute videos of devastatingly hip artists applying bleeding edge technology to their craft. And while neither Vice nor Intel is mentioned directly in the videos, both companies benefit from the subtle re-branding they grant one another: Intel’s presence legitimizes Vice’s somewhat controversial reputation, and Vice lends some of their hipster credibility to the project’s considerably geekier partner.

What I as the social media marketing director at Pamiris took from the Creators Project was the idea that it’s possible to advertise an unsexy product (ie. integrated time and attendance systems, &c.) by allowing the cool people who choose to use it have the spotlight. Thus, our client profile video project was born.

I wanted the videos themselves to be a win-win online marketing set-up for both Pamiris, and whichever clients we chose to work with. My goal was to spread awareness of Pamiris’ services through exposure of our valued clients and their businesses. Pamiris, smaller in size and influence than both Vice Magazine and Intel, can’t afford to have its corporate identity entirely removed from the video series. But I hope that by focusing less on our specific services and more on the companies these services empower, the client video spotlight project engages potential clients more personally than our brochures or company website.

Jared Birt Preps for 2nd Stories Shoot   Group Prepares for 2nd Stories Shoot

In Part II of the Client Spotlight Video Series post set, I’ll be discussing the process through which videographer Jared Birt, Pamiris CEO Alyssa Agee, and I planned, shot, and produced one of our first short films with Portland-based nonprofit Second Stories.

While you wait anxiously for part II of this post (coming on Monday), I encourage you to head over to the Webby Awards website and vote for The Creator’s Project (under Branded Content). As I mention above, the project is inspiring both as a showcase of modern artists and as a model of engagement for businesses looking to promote themselves by highlighting their value in their clients’ day-to-day business lives.

Interested in finding out how you can be one of our valued customers? Go to Pamiris.com to find out more about our outsourced payroll/HR/timetracking services and get in touch for a quote.

Working with a Dog: The Art of Office Pet Etiquette

Chief - Pamiris PDX Office Dog

Meet Chief, the Pamiris PDX office dog.

The inside of our Portland headquarters, located right off the corner of 21st and Irving, looks exactly like you’d expect a young, local office to look. Bikes line the atrium, next to a coffee table covered with Pamiris Payroll brochures and swag. Offices constructed out of wood and glass offer the perfect balance of privacy and sociability. Jars of Sterling Coffee Roasters coffee beans sit, almost empty, next to a well-used espresso machine. But the first thing most people notice is Chief, the Pamiris office dog. Chief is a 1-year-old lab/mastiff mix, certainly not a lapdog. And while the Pamiris team appreciates his enthusiasm and charm, we also accept that not everyone is going to adore Chief like we do. How does a business maintain a professional work environment without compromising a love for their dog? Here are some of our standards:

  • Take care of any outstanding behavioral problems before moving your dog into your office. Ask friends and family for candid feedback on your dog’s behavior. Identify any problems and make sure they’re taken care of before your pet sets foot in the workplace.
  • Keep your dog clean. Don’t give clients or prospective employees any reason to dislike your dog before they even see it. Maintain a regular cleaning regimen to avoid unpleasant smells.
  • Inform first-time office visitors that you have an office dog. If they’re aware of the excited greeting they’ll receive upon entering, they’re less likely to be put off by it. Additionally, mentioning the presence of a pet upfront allows clients with allergies to suggest an alternate meeting place.
  • Designate a dog-free meeting room for clients who may be allergic. For some, the inability to buddy up with your pup isn’t dictated by personal preference, but by health restrictions. Be sure these clients have a place to conduct business with you where they won’t be distracted by itchy eyes or a more serious allergic reaction.
  • Make sure your dog gets some exercise before arriving in the office. A dog with too much energy bounding through a small office is a perfect recipe for toppled monitors and shredded reports. Take your dog for a quick walk or run around the block before the two of you head to work. The morning activity will mellow out your pooch and the fresh air will clear your head allowing you to work more productively.
  • Take responsibility for your pet. Every now and again accidents happen. Even the best owners have to clean up after mystery stomach flus or quiet a fit of sporadic barking. Always apologize promptly and sincerely for any misbehavior. If applicable, couple your apologies with a plan of action. Show the affected person or people that their concerns are important to you, and that you’re taking steps to fix the problem.

Awareness is the key to a peaceful workplace, with or without an office pooch. Remain sensitive to the needs and preferences of your clients and employees. They’ll appreciate your considerateness, and your dog will appreciate the extra positive attention.

Does your office have a pet policy? An office dog? What tips do you have for maintaining a productive, worry-free atmosphere? Leave them in the comments. The writer of the most interesting tip will receive a package of McTavish gingerbread cookies embellished with the Pamiris logo. Trust us – they’re really good.

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