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”

Fun with Financials

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Yes, you heard me right – I used financials and fun in the same sentence!

One of the most important aspects in any organization, whether for profit or not-for-profit, is the ability to maintain strong financials.  For “type A” folks like me, just talking about financial statements gives me quite the rush.  However, no matter what your personality type is, it is imperative to fully understand your association’s financials. Continue reading “Fun with Financials”

Meeting Toolbox Essentials

By: Lauren Asbell, CMP

One of my favorite parts of magazines is when they ask people “What’s in your bag?”.  You can gain great tips on beauty products, books, how to pack, etc.

We have a few meeting planners in our office and I always like to take a peek at what they have in their toolbox.  I’ve picked up some great tips from them.  Below are my essentials. Continue reading “Meeting Toolbox Essentials”

A Critique On Critiquing

By: John Galligan

Criticism. People are afraid of this word. The definition of criticism is “the practice of judging the merits and faults of something (or somebody) in an intelligible (or articulate) way.” People are usually wary of criticism because they perceive it to be negative. However, it is important to realize that our perceptions can be wrong. Continue reading “A Critique On Critiquing”

Don’t Give the Gift of Germs

By: Kim Barclay

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It is now 2015 and everyone is back in the swing of work and school after the holiday break.  The office where I work was closed the week of Christmas however my holiday break was ruined by illness.  I was incredibly sick that week and I certainly didn’t want to give the gift of germs to people in my office when we returned to work.  We are still in the middle of the cold and flu season and many of us don’t actually get sick, but we carry the germs and get others sick instead.  In either case, it’s good practice to be proactive and courteous to your family and co-workers so that the spread of germs is minimized as much as possible.  Continue reading “Don’t Give the Gift of Germs”

It’s Time to Take Your Christmas Tree Down

By: Kristi Spargo

Let me start off by saying that I am not a humbug. I in fact anxiously await the moment when that lazy December Saturday finally arrives, I pull out the ever-increasing bins of Christmas décor, I put on the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas CD (a childhood tradition carried over, much to my husband’s dismay) and make my house Christmas worthy. By the time I’m done, my children may as well be wrapped in red and green. Yet by the time December 25 concludes, my OCD tendencies have started to prickle me, along with the fallen pine needles now embedded into my carpet. Four days out and I’m fighting a losing battle, everything Christmas must go and my life must get back to normal again. By New Year’s Day, Christmas has been carefully preserved and stuffed in a bin, and I feel like I can breathe easy again. Continue reading “It’s Time to Take Your Christmas Tree Down”

Don’t Hound Tech Support

By: Amy Bean Napier

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Tech Assistant Sydney sniffing out the issues

Tech support is an interesting job to have.  No one understands exactly what you do and no one ever needs you until they NEED you and then they want you RIGHT NOW.  And they will keep hounding you until you stop what you are doing and help them!

At Partners, I perform many roles including tech support for our 28 employees.  I manage our server, keep the workstations running efficiently, manage software licenses, set up new equipment … and handle all technology emergencies that come up.  And with an office our size, those “emergencies” come up quite often which means I’m on call all the time! Continue reading “Don’t Hound Tech Support”

Are you ready for the Holidays?

By: Malarie Barineau

The holidays can be a very stressful time of year if the proper steps reindeeraren’t in place. Between cooking several meals and arriving to your holiday gatherings in a timely manner, there isn’t much room for procrastination. Businesses are also in crunch time towards the end of the year, with making sure all the financials are in as well as making sure all HR documentation has been filed and completed. All of these things can be rather difficult if you don’t have sufficient time management. Continue reading “Are you ready for the Holidays?”

Navigating Chaos and Button Pushers without Tears

By: William Lessley

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Recently, I had the opportunity to take a break from work and recharge my batteries by retreating to the woods for the Thanksgiving holiday break. Camping is one of the few times when I can really relax and leave all the work at the office where it belongs. Shortly before the holiday, my in-laws announced they had decided to join my wife and I for our five day, four night camping trip. Five days in the wilderness with my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law? I started eyeing shovels in the hardware section while my wife, in a low soothing voice, promised me everything would be fine.

Tip: When your best laid plans are suddenly laid to waste, force yourself to physically smile. Think of something happy and relax your face into an open, friendly smile. Continue reading “Navigating Chaos and Button Pushers without Tears”