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The Lowdown on Leap Day: A History for Municipal Clerks

2024-02-27T17:39:21+00:00February 29th, 2024|#clerkslife|

The problem: While a year seems like a neat 365 days, Earth actually takes about 365.25 days to circle the sun. That extra quarter-day adds up over time, messing with the seasons and throwing off important dates like equinoxes. The solution(s): Enter Julius Caesar in 45 BC, the OG leap day enthusiast (or [...]

Love yourself! Love, ClerkBase

2024-02-14T14:25:15+00:00February 14th, 2024|#clerkslife, career advice, life hacks|

Feeling overwhelmed as a municipal clerk? You're not alone! But you also hold the power to boost your confidence, polish your professionalism, and navigate your work environment. These seven tips may help: Ditch the Comparisons: Comparing yourself to others is a confidence killer. Instead, focus on your own strengths and celebrate your achievements. Remember, everyone [...]

Historic vs. Historical: Don’t Let the Past Confuse You!

2024-02-07T18:40:04+00:00February 6th, 2024|#clerkslife, communication, historical records, local government, municipal clerks, open government|

As local government staff, you're likely the keepers of your community's history. You preserve records, manage landmarks, and maybe even lead tours through charming old buildings. But for describing these treasures, do you ever stumble over the words "historic" and "historical"? Don't worry, you're not alone! A recent article on Apartment Therapy showed "historic" and [...]

Oops, Sent That! How to Unsend an Email in Outlook (maybe)

2024-01-23T16:20:36+00:00January 31st, 2024|#clerkslife, technology for municipal professionals|

We've all been there. You hit send on an email in Outlook, only to realize moments later you forgot that attachment, misspelled the recipient's name, or worse, sent something you deeply regret. Don't panic! Depending on your setup, there are actually ways to unsend that email in Outlook and potentially save yourself from [...]

Very truly yours

2024-01-17T14:23:31+00:00January 16th, 2024|#clerkslife, career advice, communication|

Updated January 2024 Do you sign off your emails? What do you end with? "Best," "Regards," or "Sincerely"? The Career Contessa offers some suggestions if you want to change it up a little. The way we end an email can encapsulate the tone of what we just wrote, and project what we want to happen next. [...]

Welcome October!

2023-09-27T13:12:57+00:00October 4th, 2023|#clerkslife|

October is a month of change. The leaves turn color, the air gets crisp, and we start to think about the holidays ahead. It’s also a month of reflection and preparation for local government professionals. As we enter the fourth quarter of the year, it’s important to take some time to assess our progress and [...]

Seeing the future of local government

2022-10-12T18:18:26+00:00October 12th, 2022|#clerkslife, cities, city managers|

National League of Cities released their America Works Report. The report examines the "five key drivers" that will shape workplace changes over the next decade, and what local governments can do. They identify the five key drivers as: "The robots are coming, but the workers are not" - more workers will need training in the [...]

Welcome OnBoard, Las Vegas!

2023-09-05T18:06:53+00:00September 28th, 2022|#clerkslife, boards and commissions, OnBoardGOV|

Ve-gas! Ve-gas!We want to welcome Las Vegas, Nev. to the OnBoardGOV family! Las Vegas chose OnBoardGOV to manage their boards and committees. Now City officials, staff, and the community find it easy to access key information, and staff can accept and manage applications. As you might imagine, there are plenty of specialized boards and commissions in a [...]

Election connection

2023-03-31T16:32:58+00:00September 21st, 2022|#clerkslife, city managers, elections, local government, organizing, volunteer management, vote|

Poll workers are an essential part of the election process. They're also harder to find than in the past. Enter Power the Polls. According to a recent article on GovExec, this nonpartisan, nonprofit group has been helping recruit poll workers since 2020. Jane Slusser, the program manager, said, "We will have a lot of recruitment [...]

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