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It’s Not Easy Being Green

How many of you read the subject line and instantly thought about Kermit the Frog and his classic song? As much as we love Kermit, this newsletter isn't about him, but rather about being environmentally conscientious.

The acronym RTO has been thrown around a lot over the last few years, but it finally appears as if many companies are going to be “returning to the office”, either fully or partially, in the near future. With this month marking Earth Day and Arbor Day, we thought it was an appropriate time to focus on ways everyone can begin planning for continuing to work digitally as much as possible – even when moving back to an office environment.

One of the results of workers returning to a traditional office setting may be the increase in paper printing that was likely minimized over the last couple of years. Many people who transitioned to working from home found ways to avoid printing a great deal of documents. We challenge everyone to reduce their printing not only this month, but ongoing as you continue to work from home or move back to your office.

As a fully remote company, we have tackled many challenges associated with operating as ‘digitally’ as possible. We would be happy to share our 200+ years of collective business experience or just provide some tips and tricks if you are looking for process improvement or project management assistance.

Odds & Ends

To celebrate Earth Day, F&D is rolling out a challenge to all our employees. Our Gives Back Committee put together a list of different “green” challenges for team members to complete, including building a birdhouse out of recycled materials, planting a tree, starting a compost, or repurposing old clothing into something new. Additionally, we are going to be participating in a Pond and Park Clean Up in one of the local parks in Farmington, MN! What are you planning to do to celebrate Earth Day and help keep our planet clean and beautiful?

A few weeks ago, the F&D Book Club met again to discuss the themes of choice and regret, relationships and forgiveness, and philosophy in “The Midnight Library.” After discussing the book, we awarded it 4 Finches out of 5! It was a unique choice to celebrate National Reading Month. This month, we are reading “Where the Forest Meets the Stars” by Glendy Vanderah. We are encouraging our Book Club members to read this book electronically or listen to an audiobook to honor Earth Day.

Get to Know F&D

This month we are featuring F&D's newest Accounting Manager Krissy Hynes in our Get to Know F&D Section!:

  1. How Long Have You Been With F&D: 6 Months

  2. Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting

  3. Favorite Movie: The Shack

  4. Favorite Book: Stephen King’s 1963 and and Haruki Murakami 1Q 84

  5. Favorite Band: I would say I just don’t listen to Grunge.

  6. If you could have any job in the world, what would you do? I’m not sure on this one.

  7. Where is the most breathtaking place you’ve ever travelled? I haven’t traveled a lot, but I would say Ireland.

  8. Fun Fact About You: I pulled for 8 years and competed internationally 2 of those years. See picture attached of when we went to Ireland.

Pictured is Krissy competing in Ireland in an international pulling competition (think tug-of-war)!

Thanks for sharing Krissy, watch for our next featured F&D team member next month!

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