There’s nothing quite like the moment when I had to inform an employee that they have unpleasant body odor and needed to wear deodorant. Or the moment when I politely requested an employee to please leave their half-shirts at home and try to step up their office apparel to include pants without holes. Memorable indeed. It’s been over a decade since I worked in human resources but I’ll never forget the sinking feeling in my stomach, the nerves gripping my throat, my cheeks flushing and my verbal skills deteriorating to a lot of “umms” and “yeahs” during these awkward conversations. Continue reading “The Hiring Games”→
All we hear and see right now on the news (print, online and social media) is about President Trump’s first 100 days in office. We hear versions of what has been accomplished from both sides (pro and con) and see statistical comparisons of Trump’s first 100 days vs. past presidents. This non-stop news blasting now has me thinking about our new members and their first 100 days with the association.
President Trump’s first 100 days equals only approximately 1/14th of his presidency term. For most associations, memberships are billed annually so when a new member joins, they get 365 days of membership. A new member’s first 100 days is basically 1/3 of their first year (term) as a member. Continue reading “First 100 Days of Membership”→
After hearing a recent radio story on how organizations and individuals can improve their mindset and productivity, I decided to search the web to learn more. The first two “result pages” of a Google search for the phrase “assume positive intent” turned up some very interesting and surprising results – results that that could aid any individual in increasing the effectiveness and performance of themselves, their team and organization. Continue reading “The Google Search That Keeps on Giving”→
Here at Partners in Association Management, we take team building very seriously! Not only do we usually start our monthly staff meetings with some type of icebreaker that connects us all as a team, we also have various events throughout the year, usually hosted by our social committee that are also great team building exercises. For example, this past year, we did some really enjoyable activities as a group that really tested our teamwork skills. Some of these activities included: Continue reading “Building Effective Teams”→
Onboarding. It’s something we don’t need to think about unless we hire a new employee. Right?
Onboarding isn’t just about hiring new employees – it is about understanding your organization’s culture and social norms and having a successful process in place to identify, recruit, hire, train, integrate and develop employees. Continue reading “Navigating Employee Onboarding”→
From decorating trees to lighting menorahs and setting budgets to meeting deadlines, the holiday closing at the office can make for a very hectic time. The office staff members are all scrambling to complete all their work, making that “homemade pecan pie” and fitting all the holiday social events into one month!