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”

The Island of Misfit Newbies

By:  Kim Barclay

When you start a new job or are in a new environment, do you feel like you are a misfit on an island?  When you enter a situation that you don’t know the culture, dynamics, rules or routines; one can feel very isolated.  Most of us have been there and it’s a very uncomfortable place to be.

After I chatted with several co-workers in my office about how frustrating it was to navigate the office when we were first hired; a few of us thought if we came up with a plan for a new hire orientation, that it would assist new employees immensely and make them feel more educated about the office environment.  We presented our idea to ownership and they gave us the opportunity to develop what has become our “buddy” program. Continue reading “The Island of Misfit Newbies”

5 Contract Clauses to Never Overlook

By: Danielle Jessup

Contracts can be a scary task if you are not familiar with the different clauses and terminology used today. The APEX Contracts Accepted Practices is a great tool to keep on file and reference before signing any contract/agreement. Picture this, you sign a contract for a client’s meeting and didn’t review the function space in its entirety. You get onsite and the meeting room that you thought you had on a 24 hour hold is not available until that evening. So you, your staff and the conference materials now have to wait a full day to move into the “office space”. Something so small can set your meeting off to a bad start. Whether you are working on a large annual conference or a small board meeting contract, here are 5 clauses that you should never overlook. Continue reading “5 Contract Clauses to Never Overlook”

Survive and Thrive During the Holiday Season

By: Amy Bean Napier

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are always stock full of parties, receptions and other various festivities. For the extroverted people lovers, this is a great time of the year where you get to party and spend time with lots of people and talk, laugh, drink and eat and just have a jolly good time! But for the introverted not-crazy-about-crowds type of people (like myself), it can be pure torture!Disclaimer: No animal was harmed during the making of this blog

So for all those similar minded, introverted, not really into social events, business professionals out there, here are some tips of how to survive and thrive during the upcoming holiday season. Continue reading “Survive and Thrive During the Holiday Season”

Recipes to Guarantee a Memorable Experience

By: District 3 (John Galligan, Sigrid Hazelwood, Danielle Jessup, Will Lessley Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE)

 During the holiday season, the first thing that comes to mind is food.  Thanksgiving for most people usually consists of a large multi-course meal followed by lots of eating, drinking, resting and even shopping.  If you really think about it, a healthy association or non-profit is similar to a multi-course meal in that all aspects of the association should complement one another to help form a well-rounded experience for those involved.  In associations for example, all departments must work together to ensure that efforts support the overall mission of the association.  When it comes to planning a big holiday meal, similar considerations may be made.
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So, in the holiday spirit, we wanted to share some of our favorite recipes that have helped make planning a big holiday meal a success.  Please feel free to share this with your family and friends to. Continue reading “Recipes to Guarantee a Memorable Experience”