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September is National Preparedness Month

2020-08-31T15:47:45+00:00September 1st, 2020|#clerkslife, agendas and minutes, boards and commissions, cities, city managers, ClerkBase, emergency preparedness|

For municipal professionals, the top priority is the health and safety of residents. They also need to protect municipal records. ClerkBase is here to help. Our open government solutions keep agencies' minutes, agendas, video, supporting documentation, and board information safe and secure in any emergency, and accessible from anywhere. It can be a real help [...]

Socially distanced summer fun

2020-06-18T21:35:22+00:00June 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

It's summer, and warmer weather is luring people outdoors. Exercise and socialization are important for health, but it's still important to maintain social distance as well. As Cleveland.com reports, Akron, Ohio has instituted some socially distant summer programs that might be good ideas in your community as well. A few ideas include: scavenger hunts radio [...]

Ice-breakers for remote meetings

2020-05-18T19:03:54+00:00May 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

That first few minutes of a remote meeting can be a little awkward. You can break the ice before you get down to business with these tips from GovLoop. Hint: most will work for in-person meetings, too! 1. Ask a simple question. GovLoop offers some great examples! 2. Show off your work-from-home set up. Bring [...]

Avoiding “Zoom Fatigue”

2020-05-05T16:09:18+00:00May 5th, 2020|Uncategorized, work-life balance|

Have you ended a video conference feeling drained? There's a reason for that, and ways to avoid or reduce that feeling. The folks at Mental Floss interviewed experts, and got some good advice on preventing "Zoom fatigue" (our term). Here are some key takeaways: Use video conferencing for work only when it’s necessary Allow participants [...]

Preventing a Zoom Bomb

2020-04-03T16:38:51+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Zoom is fast becoming the go-to platform for hosting remote meetings. Unfortunately, a few bad actors have found ways to highjack meetings, a practice known as "Zoom Bombing." The folks at PC Magazine have a list of settings and tips to keep your meetings open, yet secure.  Here are a few key takeaways for local [...]

#TidyingWithClerkBase – Desk Organizing Hacks

2020-03-10T15:05:41+00:00March 1st, 2020|#clerkslife|

Now that your desk is nice and clean, it's time to get organizing! Apartment Therapy has 35 tips to organize your (home) office. So many of them are useful at work, too! Here's some of our favorite work/home crossovers: Anything can be a desk organizer. Repurpose a utensil organizer as a drawer divider. Store often-used [...]