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OCTOBER 2019 ISSUE

President's Message

FRIENDS AND FAMILY OPEN HOUSE!
This Wednesday October 16, from 4-6 PM
Joins us for wine, food and games. Hop on our bike-powered smoothie maker to celebrate our certification of being a “Blue Zone Workplace.”
RSVP by clicking here and get entered into our raffle for great prizes. That’s right! RSVP for prizes.
Want more chances to win? Earn an extra entry for every friend and family member you RSVP for.
-Kelsy

A Healthy You

We want to help you maximize your health benefits and stay healthy. As cold and flu season approaches, here are some good resources: 
  • $10 Urgent Care visits. Up to 5 times each year or 7 trips for a family. A $420 value!
  • Free flu shots
  • 50% off x-rays and procures
For $10 Urgent Care visits, for those who live in Southern Oregon, simply show your identification and pay the co-pay. For those who live outside the Rogue Valley, go to any Urgent Care, provide them with your Cigna Insurance information and send the receipt to HR@auslandgroup.com. We will reimburse you for the difference of your co-pay.
 

Employee Health and Benefit Survey

If you have't taken the survey, here's your chance to weigh in on what our next health plan is like.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ausland2019
 

Get Your Free Check Ups

It is nearing the end of the year. Did you get your free preventative health screenings with your family physician? Give your doctor a call and ask about free exams and don’t forget to use your free dental cleanings twice a year. Call your doctor and dentist today!
With our employees working in many different locations, this is a feature to highlight some of our co-workers so we can get to know them a little better.
BENJAMIN A. CERASO
Superintendent
I have been with Ausland Group for a year and a half
My family consists of: I’m currently raising my 13-year-old daughter along with a variety of pets. It’s a very peaceful home.
Most rewarding life experience: The ability to recognize I’ve been blessed with many talents and great, healthy, amazing friends and family.
Most rewarding experience at Ausland: Bonding with co-workers through hard work and respect. Working together has established some great friendships.
My hobbies are: Golfing, surfing, hiking, biking, skateboarding, motorcycling, fixing up old cars/motorcycles, woodworking, art/design, musician.
Five things I like: Traveling, a great watch, sushi, animals, anything with wheels.
My superhero power would be: Quick mental & physical reflexes. I’m able to react quickly with a healthy attitude and safety-first reaction.
Favorite genre of music or band: I’m very eclectic, lately I’ve been gravitating toward newly-released music. The genre is less important. I tend to focus on the artistic integrity to produce something pleasing that makes you feel.
Favorite quote: “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people” –Eleanor Roosevelt
If I could have a meal with anyone it would be: Jesus Christ, as I give thanks to him silently or verbally before every meal. It would be great to sit with him and say thank you for leaving such an amazing history and legacy to this world.
If I were a crayon I would be: Green, a very organic, earth tone.
Pet peeve: One of my biggest pet peeves would be ignorance. It’s very frustrating to deal with when others ignore basic, common sense when in action or communication.
Random fact about myself: Most of my life, I was an extremely competitive and accomplished athlete.
Favorite vacation place: Stockholm, Sweden in the summer. Years ago, I was able to spend the summer in Stockholm and the near-by cities and countryside. The cobble stone streets, architecture, bridges and sceneries are amazing.
GREG AUSLAND
Principal/Sr. Project Manager
I have been with Ausland Group for years 5 ½ years
My family consists of: Wife McKay; Son Connor in my heart; Son Hayden (Lindsay); Daughter Chelsea, (Kevin & grand daughter Nora); Step-Daughters Ericka (Lee), Tatum (Jared), & Emma
Most rewarding life experience: Being a father
Most rewarding experience at Ausland: Growing the Eugene office & helping mature the company's Design/Build business model
My hobbies are: Cycling, hiking, running, skiing, wood working, travel, barbecuing & gardening
Five things I like: Making dinner with my wife McKay, cycling in Eugene countryside, Skiing on a fresh powder bluebird day with family & Après ski cocktail, Seeing a child’s uninhibited laughter, Intimate evening of good food & wine.
My superhero power would be: Captain Planet with the power to turn back global warming
Favorite genre of music or band: Blues, old school R&B, Jazz
Favorite quote: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln. & “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” - Mary Oliver
If I could have a meal with anyone it would be: with my Son Connor
If I were a crayon I would be: Red
Pet peeve: Someone not taking responsibility with an excuse such as: “they never called me back.”
Random fact about myself: I first worked for Ausland Construction when I was 17 and I skydived in college
Favorite vacation place: Patagonia & Camp Sherman, OR
SAFETY

Photo by La Cara Salma

CROSSING CRASHES
The collision of two autos trying to go through the same intersection at the same time is a thing to behold and the effects on the occupants can be terrible.

Did you know that if you are involved in an intersection accident, the chances are two-to-one in favor of you being injured? So, it is important to find ways to avoid these "crossing crashes."

Let's consider a case history of such an accident: One driver approached an intersection and stopped at the stop sign. A car on the intersection street approached from the driver's left and had its right turn flasher going. The first driver then looked to the right and started to pull out across the intersection. The other car came straight across the intersection and was struck by the first vehicle on its right front fender.

The first vehicle was thrown to the right and the driver fortunately had a seat belt on and only bruised their left arm. The vehicle was out of commission for a week and repair cost $300. The other car went into a spin and wound up across the intersection on the sidewalk. The driver and a child were thrown about in the car and badly bruised as they had no seat belts on.


Make safety a priority!

Share 'A Like!'

One of the best ways for us to spread the word about Ausland's work and job opportunities is through YOU! We want to thank all of you who participate in "liking" or "sharing" our social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

We will be recognizing our team members who engage and share our social media posts. In appreciation, swag and awards will be given at our Thanksgiving event in November.

A big shout out to our three volunteers who were highlighted in our Construction Appreciation Week, Cannon Jones, Chris Dato and Cole Brouhard, for helping us develop your profiles. Some swag is coming your way!

If you'd like to be featured in future profiles, contact:
Craig Runyon (crunyon@auslandgroup.com or 541-450-2774) or
Kara Stafford (kstafford@auslandgroup.com or 541-930-2636).
REFER & EARN PROGRAM

How it works:

1. Gather up all your friends/contacts.

2. Refer/recruit them to join Ausland by:
Emailing their resume to careers@auslandgroup.com
or have them apply 
at auslandgroup.com/careers.
AND
Email your friends’ phone numbers the address above and we'll will reach out to them.

3. Keep track of your referrals and receive:
  • $500* for each hire
  • $100 Dinner Gift Card for every referral interviewed.
  • $10 Dutch Bros. Gift Card for every resume received

read more...

Open Design Positions

Open Administrative Positions

Open Construction Positions

ACE Calendar

Ausland Cultural Engagers (ACE) advances cultural alignment and enthusiasm at Ausland through events, educational opportunities and celebrations to meet the company's objectives.     

10/24
Pumpkin Carving Party: 3:30-5:00 PM

One Jack O’Lantern to rule them all! Join us for our annual “super competitive” pumpkin carving contest at the Eugene and Grants Pass locations. Field staff will be given their pumpkins earlier in the week. Can't make it to the event? Send a photo of your Jack O’Lantern to Kara or Colin by Monday, October 28th. A voting form will be sent out and we will cast our votes and announce a winner by Halloween!

10/29
Brain Break: 3:30 PM 

Land Development Overview. What is Civil Engineering Anyway? Facilitated by Charlie Kroning, PE. Held in Grants Pass and available via video conference. 

Notable Items

  • The Ausland swag store is now open year round. Purchase Ausland gear for yourself or friends and family https://auslandgroup.itemorder.com/sale
  • John Hancock, the firm that handles our retirement program, is constantly evaluating how well options are performing and has a slight change to one option. They are phasing out Real Return Bond Fund and replacing it with PIMCO Real Return Fund.
CALENDAR
The Grants Pass, Eugene and Ashland offices will be closed on the following:

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 28
Thanksgiving (Floater)    
Friday, November 29
Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 25
New Year's Day      
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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