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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 [...]

Loving your #localgov job

2020-01-27T18:55:50+00:00February 12th, 2020|career advice|

In February, everyone's talking about "love." There's plenty to love about a career in local government... and your job is where you spend 8+ hours a day! If you work for your local government, chances are, you already love your job.  And if you don't yet, the ICMA has five great reasons why you should. The [...]

Go Team!

2020-01-29T14:57:45+00:00January 29th, 2020|agendas and minutes|

With the Super Bowl coming, it's a great time to talk about teamwork. There's no denying that effective teamwork boosts morale. When we successfully work together, it allows everyone to feel that they're part of something positive that's bigger than themselves. The Department of Labor says "Teamwork involves building relationships and working with other people [...]

Service Makes Us Smile

2020-01-09T21:56:37+00:00January 15th, 2020|holidays, leadership, Uncategorized|

We've heard by now that helping others leads to happiness. Ahead of the 25th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, we're looking at opportunities to be of service to the community. Last year, ICMA published a post about how cities and towns help their communities embrace Dr. King's legacy of community service. Here are [...]

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