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Local government’s silver tsunami

2021-10-07T19:37:29+00:00October 7th, 2021|#clerkslife|

In the last year, it's seemed like there have been more retirements than usual among our local government friends. Turns out, it's not just us. Route Fifty reports on the findings of MissionSquare Research Institute, and the indications suggest a boom in retirements. The improvement in the economy since the recession of 2009, coupled with [...]

Outsmarting Autonumbering

2021-09-29T15:29:44+00:00September 29th, 2021|tips and tricks|

So you're typing along in Word, and you start a paragraph with A. or I., and all of a sudden, autonumbering kicks in. It's frustrating, but there's a pretty easy fix that will keep your lines nice and neat. It's the "undo" button in the ribbon (or CTRL-Z for keyboard shortcut fans). Undo removes the [...]

These are the most commonly misspelled search words

2021-09-22T15:44:23+00:00September 22nd, 2021|#clerkslife|

Now that most of us are back into the rhythm of the school year, check out this list of the most commonly misspelled search words in every state. AT&T researched the most commonly searched spellings (as in, "how to spell ______") and came up with this interesting report. Most municipal professionals are good spellers, but [...]

September is National Preparedness Month

2021-09-22T15:38:50+00:00September 1st, 2021|#clerkslife, agendas and minutes, boards and commissions, cities, city managers, ClerkBase, emergency preparedness|

2021 has already seen multiple emergencies for many localities. For local governments, the top priority is the health and safety of residents. They also need to protect municipal records. ClerkBase is here to help. ClerkBase's open government solutions keep agencies' minutes, agendas, video, supporting documentation, and board information safe and secure in any emergency, and [...]

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 [...]

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