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”
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”
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”
By: John Ricco, CAE
I swear I didn’t mean for this to happen, but it did. I was in Las Vegas on business and needed to overhaul my entire travel plan home. O.K. so that’s not exactly the Hangover-esque tale of debauchery you were hoping for, but it got you reading, right? Continue reading “Business Travel Lessons – The Hard Ways”
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”
By: Kim Barclay
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”
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”