Gretchen Yoes

HR Assistant, Sykes Enterprises, Inc.
Fort Smith, AR, United States

About Gretchen


I have grown up in Fort Smith, Arkansas but have traveled to Hawaii, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and I have sat in the U.S. President's seat in the Oval Office. I have traveled to England, Scotland, and Greece as well and lived in Greece for a short time before the war started in 2003.

I am an avid musician, writer, and linguist, as well as an independent researcher. Although I hold no degree from any college, I feel that exposing myself to multiple studies and challenging ideas gives me cognitive strength that cannot be measured on paper or through a cap and gown.

I am a Jill of all trades, Mistress of none, but the road to discovery is a long one that will not end until my life does.

Areas of Expertise

psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, medical, sociology, Music, Writing, mythology & religion, Research, Linguistics

An idea worth spreading

If our large businesses would invest in siestas after lunch (at least) or at the very most, go through the trouble that Pixar and Google have for their employees, no one would ever want to leave work and production results would soar. People WANT to work there, and the resume amount received and quality of the employees that are hired is undeniable proof.

Google, in my mind, has the very best there is to offer employees: on-site massage therapists, doctors, gym, daycare, and 12 gourmet restaurants, AND it's all free to the employee! Not to mention, if you have a pet and your coworker says it's okay, you can bring them to work with you! It's not mandatory, but an allotted amount of free time is given for employees to work on their own projects. The primary result? Employees work to improve Google and work as teams.

Utilizing this type of business organization would be a boon to not only the employees, but the company. Just something to think about.

I'm passionate about

Just look at my areas of expertise and ask me! I will talk about nearly everything.

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People don't know I'm good at

Riding a horse, shooting a gun and bow, some forms of martial arts, and singing.

My TED story

I used Stumbleupon one day and found TED. I've been hooked ever since.

Comments & conversations

Gretchen Yoes
Posted almost 4 years ago
Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer?
Yes, and no. No two people utilize the internet the exact same way. When I'm at a dead end and cannot seem to think of the next thing I want to learn about, I use the heroin of the internet: Stumbleupon. However, I could also use this nifty little internet-addicting app to find time-wasting online games to relieve my stress from work. Also, not everyone knows how to use computers or the internet. I know! Unbelievable! Even though my great-grandpa could use e-mail and surf the web, a younger counterpart (who shall remain nameless) never had a computer class and never owned her own computer and actually wound up asking me how to change the size of her font, what "save as" meant, and how to set her desktop background! Homeschooling, public school, and private school are the flame, so to speak. Then it's up to us to keep putting wood on the fire. I hope I never stop learning.
Gretchen Yoes
Posted almost 4 years ago
What ingredients do you put into making a CHOICE / DECISION?
Partially, decisions are made around our subconscious shortcuts (look at marketing strategy and Wal-Mart). I personally look at the pros and cons, what effect this will have and on what/whom, whether the possible outcome is desirable. Does the end result make sense? For example, if someone has a discussion about making choices ;-), I weighed the pros (my voice will be heard and possibly taken seriously) against the cons (typing out the response will take some time and require me to think and I might get trolled). There may be an effect and there may not be any at all. A possible outcome is that someone might decide to take a look at my profile and either like or dislike the interests that I have and respond accordingly. Sure, I might be wasting my time with an answer to someone that is simply trolling the internet but to others this might be just the type of insight into the human psyche that they needed. Another example might be ordering from McDonald's vs ordering from Subway. I'm on a diet and know that Subway is a far better choice than McDonald's as far as getting vegetable servings and a sandwich that's made right in front of me with less saturated fat and sodium, but I wouldn't want to order a double-meat cold cut combo footlong and a bag of Cheetos vs. a salad from McD's. That just doesn't make sense to someone that's on a diet. I hope this answers your question. Have your day however you want it. It is, after all, YOUR day, your decision.