Category Archives: organization

Navigating Employee Onboarding

By: Rachel Luoma

Onboarding. It’s something we don’t need to think about unless we hire a new employee.  Right?

Wrong!!

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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

Thrift Shopping Ideas for Associations

By: Danielle Jessup, CMP

You hear people say all the time that we, as a society, are being inundated with information.  If so much information is out there, why not find a way to reuse it?  Some people say thrifting can be overwhelming, however, I will break down a few ways you can use these resources available at your fingertips to help save you time and money. Let’s go thrifting for content! Continue reading Thrift Shopping Ideas for Associations

Time to Get Lean

By: Kristi Spargo

Sometimes my job can be messy.  Chaotic.  Unorganized.  Sometimes it’s easy to get frustrated with clients or co-workers for causing delays or problems. Sometimes I succumb to the belief that if only the cogs in the wheel would just turn like I think they are supposed to, then everything would fall perfectly into place. Sometimes I want to set up an assembly line and force the project to keep moving forward in the most simple and efficient fashion.

But that’s not realistic when working within a people-intensive field such as association management. Throughout my years in the industry, no matter what position I held, my primary focus has always been customer service.  Associations are built to meet people’s needs; it’s my job to facilitate that for association members and I accomplish it by working efficiently with my co-workers. As much as I might desire a planned and orderly day, I don’t work in a factory assembly line and therefore, I deal with whatever hits me first.  Yet I have found that there are some valuable manufacturing concepts that can assist in crafting a more streamlined workday. Continue reading Time to Get Lean

Being Prepared for Holidays and Disasters

By: Beth Evarts

As we approach the holidays,  it is a time of celebration and spending time with family, friends and co-workers.  It is a time of remembrance.

Once we stop, think and realize just what is important to each of us in life, we can plan for success.   The question is, how do we plan to get there and have we planned for the unexpected. Continue reading Being Prepared for Holidays and Disasters

Getting Your Name Out There

By: Shelly Sobol

Going to a “networking” event can oftentimes feel like you’re going to a sales convention. Determining what someone can do for you, and pitching what you can do for them. But how do you (or your association/business) make an event more subtle on sales and more about genuine connection? The folks at Hyatt Hotels showed me how when they recently hosted an event in Tallahassee before the Florida Society of Association Executives’ Education Day. Continue reading Getting Your Name Out There

The Domestic Endeavor

By: Kristi Spargo

For the past 832 weeks (approximately), I woke up (grudgingly), showered, dressed, drove to the office, and sat at a desk for eight to nine hours before going home. Depending upon the week, I have been content enough that what I was doing had some purpose and provided a steady paycheck. Then the summer of 2014 happened. Not only was I in the process of buying a home, but I randomly received a call from a former employer of mine asking if I might be interested in a position. The tricky part, they were in Florida and I was in Pennsylvania so I would need to work from home. Voila. My life just took a drastically different direction.

When I started telling people that I was going to be working from home, I might as well have told them I won the lottery. Continue reading The Domestic Endeavor

Keep Calm and Organize On

By: Caroline Thomas

Recently, I had two weekends in town back to back (in between planning a wedding).FullSizeRender I tore through my home like a tornado, tackling all the things I’ve been avoiding.  It felt so good to minimalize, clean, and organize. I even broke down and cleaned out my personal email because I recently had someone notice the absurd amount of emails in my email icon on my phone home screen. I can’t remember the last time I did that!

 I was feeling pretty accomplished and proud of myself… Until I came into work the following Monday to a jumbled email inbox, papers strewn across my desk, and notes reminding me of “to-dos” from the previous week. That’s when I realized I needed to bring the productiveness of my home spring cleaning to work with me! From that experience, I came up with three quick tips to kick off your office spring cleaning. Continue reading Keep Calm and Organize On