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Make sure your inflection is on the correct word when you read that title.

At wisnet.com, we have always believed in being flexible around our team’s schedules. This year, we have formalized it with our flexible vacation policy, meaning that we don’t have one any more.

Long ago, there was a time when…

  • ‘punching the clock’ meant something
  • docking pay for being late to the office was standard practice
  • tracking vacation time was the norm

In many industries, these policies still apply, often for good reason. However, today we embrace a time when walking out of the office doesn’t mean the work day is over. Many of us return home only to answer emails late in the evening, read blog articles, or cram in those last few lines of code before we head off to bed. Our entire society’s view of how work and home life intermingle has changed dramatically due to technology.

The employees at wisnet.com are no exception to this devoted relationship to our work. But with that said, family and personal time are of the utmost importance to our company. In order to do our jobs the best we can, we need to ensure we are enriching ourselves in ways beyond the office doors. This is why wisnet.com has always had a flexible vacation policy. From research time out of the office, to community involvement, to simply spending time with our families, we have always believed that our time away from the office is just as important as our time in the office.

It wasn’t until this year that we actually formalized this policy. We realized that our employees were so devoted to their work, they took very little time for themselves throughout the week. A flexible vacation policy doesn’t mean we spend less than 40 hours a week in the office, it means that we are free to take time in a day to accomplish other tasks if we need to. Employees are able to take the time they need and come back the next day refreshed and ready to be fully productive. This is what is called a results-driven work environment.

As we adopt the official flexible vacation policy, we are more concerned that employees will avoid taking any vacation at all, rather than abusing this policy.

  • employees are able to manage and prioritize their time
  • administration time on tracking and implementing vacation policies is non-existent
  • flexible research time helps us keep our clients ahead of the curve
  • a results-driven environment means that we are proving ourselves and our work everyday

Before implementing this policy, we spent a lot of time researching the experiences of other companies to see how successful this policy was. Here are some examples if you want to read further:

http://blog.7geese.com/2012/03/20/the-unlimited-vacation-policy/

http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/31/news/companies/no_vacation_policies.fortune/index.htm

Thus far, the flexible vacation policy has been a huge success. Our employees have taken some time for themselves and returned with new ideas and innovations, and have sandboxed some pretty sweet new programs that will make what we do on a daily basis better. We have written articles for our peers and tackled those projects for clients that we couldn’t accomplish in the typical workday. This is all part of the wisnet.com initiative to embrace an era of evolution. If you have any questions for wisnet.com about our flexible vacation policy, drop us an email at customercare@wisnet.com.

wisnet.com embraces an era of evolution

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Like many businesses out there, evolution is a common term in the website development industry. Every day, technology takes an unexpected turn. This includes industry standards and innovation, but it also includes internal aspects of the company like keeping employees happy and motivated, ensuring that you attract the best of the best employees. wisnet.com has committed to these standards from Day 1.

We have always prided ourselves on ensuring that we are doing what is best for our customers and employees. This comes in the form of the changes we make every day to adapt to the needs of the people most important to us. It has been a crazy couple of years for wisnet.com. When I started working here nearly 7 years ago, I sat in a small office with just 3 others: Rick, Brian, and Julie. Today I sit in a much larger office crammed to capacity with 15 other people. While that may not seem like that large of a change, each new employee has completely changed the way we do things.

It wasn’t until recently that we started to really embrace the evolution we have had since wisnet.com began 17 years ago. It was also very recently that we realized, we aren’t alone. There are hundreds of companies that have gone through exactly what we have. There is so much to be learned and to teach one another.

We’ve decided that it may be helpful and fun to share this adventure with our friends, families, and people we do business with every day. We will begin writing about the changes we are making and honestly analyzing which ones have been successful and which ones have failed. We want to share what we have learned with those around us.

So sit back, kick up your feet, and enjoy reading as we move wisnet.com even further into the next generation.

wisnet.com is looking for a PHP Developer

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Job Description and Responsibilities:

A wisnet.com Web Developer II plays an essential role in strategic and tactical conversations reflecting marketing and web strategy. The position is part of a project team; works closely with a Project Manager, Designer, and UI Developer; and is instrumental in the direction, design, development and execution of cutting-edge websites and applications that reflect the company’s web strategy. Strong candidates will have at least three years experience programming with server-side and client-side languages (PHP, JavaScript preferred), possess strong program design and coding skills, and follow coding standards and best practices.This is a dynamic position and as a result, job responsibilities are fluid and can expect to change to meet organizational goals and objectives.

A Web Developer II is expected to:

  • Author HTML code, proprietary scripting logic (similar to PHP), and advanced scripting logic
  • Support web applications and websites
  • Follow coding standards and best practices
  • Test to ensure code performs reliably; runs securely; uses appropriate bandwidth and client-side resources; and is self documenting in its clarity and format
  • Stay abreast of trends and new products and services in the Information Technology industry
  • Be able to quickly gain the necessary skills to effectively utilize the technology to produce a solution. Self development may include on-line research, independent study of books, evaluating various third-party products or tools, and exploration.
  • Handle day-to-day tasks and miscellaneous issues
  • Mentor less-experienced Web Developers
  • All other duties or projects as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, XML, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and database structure experience
  • Adherence to semantic, standards-compliant HTML
  • Advanced problem solving skills
  • Able to work at both a conceptual and detail level
  • Self-starter and independent worker
  • Willingness to learn and become proficient with proprietary development language
  • Proven ability to work in a team-oriented environment and to actively participate in team discussions involving both programmers and clients


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science, technical degree in related field(s), or similar experience
  • Usability, and Information Architecture theory and practice knowledge
  • Google Apps experience
  • Mobile App development experience
  • Responsive Design understanding
  • SEO experience
  • Mobile website development experience
  • Agile development experience


Job Level:
Internship / Co-op / Entry Level / Intermediate / Expert / Clerical / Management

Reports to: Project Manager

Hours: Full time, 8a-5p, M-F

Salary / Hourly Rate Range:
Competitive or better. Tell us what you’re worth.

Benefits:

  • SIMPLE retirement fund with 3% salary match
  • Health insurance package
  • Small company experiencing rapid growth; work in a new building with new equipment
  • Very flexible paid vacations (time away from wisnet.com is just an important as your time there)
  • wisnet.com merchandise stipend and rewards
  • Large employee café, entertainment and exercise areas (available spring 2013)
  • High-end office furniture and modern equipment
  • Office bicycles available for loan (lunch, overnight, etc.)
  • Proximity to restaurants, convenience stores, and grocery; seconds from Highways 41 and 151


Company Bio:

Founded in 1996, wisnet.com is a multi-faceted, full service web hosting and development company that works with small to medium sized businesses throughout the U.S. and focuses on many industries including tourism, print, real estate, government, and healthcare. wisnet.com offers a friendly and fun work environment in beautiful Fond du Lac, WI – on the shores of Lake Winnebago and centrally located between Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan areas (Madison, Milwaukee, Appleton, and Green Bay).

Work Environment:
wisnet.com team members work in a modern office building just off of Main St. in Fond du Lac and will soon move into a new state-of-the-art building designed and built by wisnet.com in 2012. The office is casual and fun, yet focused; and features generous work areas, an employee café, exercise room, shower, and entertainment area. Casual dress (including shorts) and active lifestyles are encouraged. wisnet.com promotes collaborative development and mentorship, and welcomes driven individuals of all experience levels.

Application Information:

Send cover letter/email and resume to hr@wisnet.com. Include:

  • A catchy subject line
  • A list of your top 3 skills and what makes you a team player
  • Your resume!

Our Team’s Predictions for 2013

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As 2013 kicks off, our team has comprised what they feel will be the top things to look for in 2013.

Have we mentioned this enough yet? This new approach to web design allows building websites that are optimized for all screen sizes: mobile, tablet, and desktop computers. Unlike the traditional approaches which were to build a separate mobile and desktop version of your website. The benefits of this approach are clear: one version of a website to maintain and build.

This year we will see a rise in the number of large screen TVs being utilized in conference rooms, business doorways, etc.

wisnet prides itself on high performance websites – so responsive is all we do.

Adobe Flash was a common method used for animation and interactivity. This became a dinosaur last year when Apple products made the decision to not support Flash. We predict that new technologies including JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 for these unique experiences will replace Flash. Not to mention it will work across platforms and not require a special plug-in or software to run.

Stock photography is available everywhere – therefore it is repeated everywhere. If you want to display a professional and authentic image – including real photos of your staff, products, and experiences can tell a story far beyond the description on the page.

We will also see a rise in what we have coined as Impact design. This means utilizing a large impact photo to showcase your website.

Integration of videos on website will change the way that you are able to communicate with a client base on the go. Videos allow you to tell a story how you want it to be told and captivate the attention of your market.

2013 should prove to be an exciting year in our industry, as the many years in the past. What are your predictions?