The First Steps In Creating a Hybrid Office That Works

In the first of a three-part series on establishing a hybrid office, we look at four questions leaders need to ask to develop a successful working environment. For some associations, the transition to fully remote operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been relatively smooth. But now that employees are beginning to tiptoe back into offices in some parts of the country, the solution gets more complicated. Many workers enjoy a completely remote routine, but others face new challenges because of [...]


Creative Meeting Formats Flourish During COVID-19

The pandemic has meeting professionals exploring new event formats. From drive-in meetings to year-round virtual convention centers, they’re doing what it takes to keep attendees safe and engaged. COVID-19 has taught meeting professionals a lot of things. At the top of the list for many is that creativity is required. And a lot of that outside-the-box thinking has come to life in terms of re-imagined meeting formats. Here is a look at how a few organizations—both inside and [...]


Key Member Engagement Takeaways from #ASAE20

COVID-19 upended most 2020 member engagement plans. But it also created an opportunity for associations to elevate how they interact with their members, according to a session at ASAE’s Virtual Annual Meeting. Here are three ideas to consider. Membership engagement, like many things, is having a “that was then, this is now” moment. Associations learned that they needed to respond to member needs immediately to help them do their jobs effectively in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. [...]


The NBA Postponed 3 Playoff Games After Players for the Milwaukee Bucks Refused to Take the Court

BY JEFF HADEN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, INC.@JEFF_HADEN The players' response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin is a lesson in informal leadership. Whether it's on the court, in the boardroom, or on the shop floor, taking a stand can require more than just words. The Milwaukee Bucks just proved it can be done tactfully -- and should probably be done more often. In response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Wednesday night's playoff games [...]


Tap into Board Talent with a Survey

There are many ways to build a great board of directors. The process starts with a nominating committee interviewing and researching the backgrounds of volunteers. The committee may be limited by access to information about the candidates. If the committee deserts their task, you might hear them advise, “You won’t have to do anything when you get on the board.” And, “Once you’ve served as a committee leader your nomination is a shoo-in.” Gap Analysis The Building Owners [...]


Six Essential Tools for Your Remote Toolkit

Even having been at it for a while, you may not know all the tools and hacks that can make virtual work a little simpler. Here are a few ideas to bolster your remote toolkit. Nearly six months ago, you might have found yourself working remotely for the first time in your professional life. At the time, everyone was looking for ways to stay productive, and largely scrambling. With a few months of benefit, a series of new, useful [...]


The Keys to High-Functioning Committees and Task Forces

Highly functional committees and task forces are just as important as a high-functioning board. One depends on the other to govern well. Find out why—and how to make yours as effective as possible. Much of the focus on volunteer leader education and orientation is on the board of directors—and rightly so. If the board is dysfunctional, the whole organization will likely follow suit. After the importance of the board comes the importance of committee and task force function. [...]


Microsoft Announces the End of Internet Explorer

By August 2021, the once-dominant web browser will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Also: helping employees manage their mental health. Microsoft is saying goodbye to Internet Explorer, The Next Web reports. Microsoft announced that on August 17, 2021, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported by many of its own services, including Outlook, OneDrive, and Office 365. And as of November 30, 2020, it will end support for Internet Explorer in Teams. “That said, the browser isn’t totally [...]


Digital Metrics to Set and Monitor to Improve Event Marketing

With digital campaigns, associations have access to a lot of data. Using a few stats, marketers can hone their campaigns and drive more of their target audience to register for events. Data can be king when it comes to digital marketing, but what data can bring the best results? These five simple stats will not only get you from strategy to wrap up, but they are also scalable for all levels of investment and relevant to both virtual [...]


Insulting Ways Bosses Are Smothering Their Remote Workers

By ALISON GREEN Few people are as knee-deep in our work-related anxieties and sticky office politics as Alison Green, who has been fielding workplace questions for a decade now on her website Ask a Manager. In Direct Report, she spotlights themes from her inbox that help explain the modern workplace and how we could be navigating it better. With so many people still working from home because of COVID-19, an awful lot of managers are freaking out. Some managers [...]