Most everyone would agree that 2020 has been challenging. Working from home, social distancing and significant economic impact have taken a toll. Educators have also struggled to ensure that students from kindergarten through college are getting the best education possible under the circumstances. Similarly, the working professional and our industry associations have had to evaluate how to earn and offer continuing education and training needs with the elimination of traditional in-person opport...
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Mitigating Isolation Among a Dispersed Workforce

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No one is an island—addressing the real threat of isolation when working from home.Working remotely is not something most of us imagined we would be doing at the start of 2020. COVID-19 has forced many of us to shift from the workplace to the home office and, while we may not have embraced the concept in the beginning, both employees and employers are seeing the benefits. Beyond the obvious reduction of risk for COVID exposure, work-from-home (WFH) employees are also celebrating the elimin...
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Conquering Zoom fatigue: Post-event opportunities

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The first two posts in our blog series on conquering Zoom fatigue included tips for mastering your virtual meetings and how to turn participants from passive to active. Now that your virtual meeting is over and, using the tips and techniques provided, you conquered Zoom fatigue for attendees, right?While your virtual meeting hopefully energized your participants, what happens once it’s over? For many, it is on to the next Zoom call and the one after that. While you are not responsible for ...
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In our last blog we introduced our series on conquering Zoom fatigue by sharing questions we should ask ourselves when planning our virtual meetings. While technology has been embraced as a great business tool during these challenging times, the initial enthusiasm for virtual meetings has worn off. How do we fight the fatigue and turn our meeting participants from passive to active?You have asked yourself the questions, considered meeting length and frequency, and included relevant and fun exper...
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Whether you use Zoom, Google Meet, GoToMeeting or any of the many virtual meeting platforms, fatigue is a very real issue many of us are experiencing in our businesses’ “new normal.” Leaders are challenged with how to fight the fatigue, increase participation and keep the spirit of in-person meetings alive.Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to master the art of virtual meetings, ranging from the planning to the post-meeting stage. According to Andrea Driessen,...
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Creating a Virtual Strategy to Engage Members

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2020 has certainly brought a wide range of challenges to most every aspect of organizations’ operations. Business development in the construction industry has taken a significant hit as companies and associations navigate the myriad of challenges. Trade shows, education-focused conferences and industry events have been postponed or cancelled. Businesses struggle to stay relevant and present for their employees and customers. Likewise, associations face the same challenges with their member...
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Knowledge Management

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We are happy to share this article from AOE client Tom Merritt, President of H.R. Gray, an Anser Advisory company, on the importance of managing and maximizing the wealth of knowledge within your organization. “Knowledge is power? No. Knowledge on its own is nothing but the application of useful knowledge, now that is powerful.” – Rob Liano, business strategist and author.This quote really resonates with me. How many times have we heard over the years that knowledge is power? Y...
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Cultivating Women Leaders

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Preparing Your Business for Beyond COVID

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2020 has been challenging to say the least. With COVID-19 impacting every aspect of life, many organizations have been forced into survival and recovery mode—making short-term decisions to get through the day, week or month. The business model that worked so well before no longer meets the needs of the organization, its customers and/or members or its employees. Understandable but not sustainable.Now is the time for organizations to think beyond recovery and prepare for the future. Because...
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The recent pandemic has brought about many cybersecurity implications for organizations and remote workers.  At the start of 2020, only five percent of the U.S. workforce worked from home. Flash-forward only a few months and that number jumped to approximately 62 percent of workers who previously worked in an office instead putting their hours in at home. The implications of this switch to the Work From Home (WFH) environment are huge. Organizations were tasked with sending home a workforce...
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