How to Manage Your Newly Remote Workforce

BY SARA CUTCLIFFE / (Tempura/E+) Due to COVID-19, working from home is the new normal right now. Here are some tips on keeping your employees productive and happy. Suddenly, much of the workforce is teleworking. Time Magazine calls it “the largest work-from-home-experiment.” Given the urgency of the public health crisis, companies who didn’t have remote working in place had little time to institute policies for staff, ensure proper technology, or set up training. “It’s a good opportunity for us to test working [...]


Gov. Justice Issues “Stay at Home” Order

Governor Justice has issued a "stay at home" order for West Virginians effective at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The general, excerpted provisions are as follows (and the complete Order may be found here): Stay at home or your place of residence.  All individuals within the State of West Virginia are under a general stay-at-home order and are directed to stay at home or their place of residence unless performing an essential activity. An activity is essential [...]


Tips on Social Distancing from a Cloistered Nun and an Astronaut

Social distancing is difficult for many, but it’s something we’ve been forced to practice. So how do you adjust to the temporary new normal? Take advice from someone who’s been “social distancing” for the past 29 years: Sister Mary Catharine Perry of the Dominican nuns in Summit, New Jersey. As a cloistered nun, Perry doesn’t leave her monastery except for doctor’s visits or rare shopping trips. To make the best of things at home, you need structure, Perry says. [...]


Planning Events in the Age of Coronavirus: Tips from 5 Experts

Kelley Wyant Senior Content Marketing Manager, Attendify Ever since the Coronavirus — also known as COVID-19 — was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a “public health emergency of international concern” on January 30, 2020 (on March 11th it was deemed a global pandemic), it has caused considerable disruption to a number of industries that revolve around gathering large concentrations of people in one place. The Meetings and Events space has taken a particular hit, [...]


Coronavirus Information

To keep our members updated on the Corona Virus (COVID-19), we wanted to share this information: From the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, an overview of cases and information from around the world. In a letter to White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, ASAE says that associations shouldn’t be left out of conversations regarding aid packages related to the coronavirus.  Click here to read the letter. From Highmark West Virginia, "You’re hearing a lot about [...]


Register Now for April 14 Meeting

PLEASE JOIN US FOR The Fine Art of Public Speaking Tuesday, April 14 12:00 to 1:15 pm Embassy Suites, Salon B 11:00 am board meeting in Capitol Board Room 300 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301 Your palms are sweaty. Your mouth is dry. You’re afraid your voice will crack. You don’t remember the opening line of your presentation. AND, you’re terrified. If you’ve ever faced a podium, microphone or room full of people with any of the feelings [...]


Signs of a Dysfunctional Board

Bob Harris, CAE and Mark Alcorn, Esq. In 2002, attorney Mark D. Alcorn pointed out the key indicators of a dysfunctional association board of directors. He said, “I believe the troubled boards outnumber focused efficient boards by a substantial margin.” “When a board of directors has more than its share of trouble and struggles, it can be dysfunctional. The presence of more than a few of these signs is cause for concern,” he added. I wanted to review [...]


And the winner is…

As part of its community support this year, WVSAE is hosting a 50/50 raffle at each meeting.  Funds raised will be donated to our 2020 charity, the YWCA of Charleston, during the December gathering, in addition to items donated for the program of their choice. Pama Rutledge of Holiday Inn Express Civic Center, shown at left, is our first winner.  WVSAE Secretary Lori Miller Smith presented Pama with her $27 winnings!  Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 [...]


Under the Dome

When he came to the world of the media, Brad McElhinny said newspapers were strong.  "I never dreamed I'd be on the radio, and now I work for MetroNews," he said.  Technology has allowed new ways of communicating news and events." This is his fourth year covering the legislative session, but said the first three were "crisis years" filled with teacher strikes and budget issues.  He's finding advice he received to be correct in that "election years are [...]


2020 Legislative Deadlines

Tuesday, February 11: Last day to introduce bills in the House of Delegates. Monday, February 17: Last day to introduce bills in the Senate. Sunday, February 23: Bills must complete the committee process to ensure three full days of reading. Wednesday, February 26: "Cross Over Day" is the last day to consider bills on third reading in house of origin. This does not apply to the budget bill or supplemental appropriation bills. Saturday, March 7: Legislature adjourns at [...]