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So far Erika Smith has created 14 blog entries.

“The best employees are the disagreeable ones”

2019-04-16T19:01:35+00:00April 17th, 2019|leadership, office management|

Administrative/Superintendent by White Sands National Monument via Flickr You can agree to disagree, but Adam Grant asserts that, on a grid of givers and takers, friendly and grouchy, the best employees are grouchy givers. Has this been your experience? Where do you fall on the spectrum? Read the article on Quartz Media, and weigh in [...]

Very truly yours

2019-04-09T14:41:43+00:00April 10th, 2019|#clerkslife, communication|

Do you sign off your emails? At least your initial contact in an email string should contain the courtesy. What do you end with? "Best," "Regards," or "Sincerely"? The Career Contessa offers 83 options if you want to change it up a little. The way we end an email can encapsulate the tone of what [...]

April is National Records and Information Management Month!

2019-03-26T18:30:09+00:00April 1st, 2019|organizing|

Ugh. Who doesn't dread organizing records, folders, paperwork, and files? For most of us, either at work or at home (or both), it's a daily responsibility. With the tax deadline looming and spring cleaning season upon us, now is a good time to get started. That's probably why Records Information Managers designated April as National Records and [...]

7 Habits of an Effective City Clerk

2019-05-09T15:51:36+00:00May 15th, 2017|efficiency, local government, municipal clerks|

"Rubber Stamp Tree" by Jeffrey Beall on Flickr We're reaching back into the vault for EfficientGov's 2017 article titled "7 Habits of a Highly Effective City Clerk." In the article, outgoing Des Plaines, Ill. City Clerk Gloria Ludwig shares her secrets, which include: Stay Educated Affiliate with the Pros Communicate Regularly We want to know [...]