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The ghosts of boards past

2021-10-19T16:20:15+00:00October 20th, 2021|#clerkslife, boards and commissions, historical records, OnBoard, Uncategorized|

  Are long-gone people and boards still haunting your spreadsheets? Those committee members retired over a year ago. That commission was disbanded. The exploratory task force completed its mission. And yet their presence lingers on in inaccurate and bloated lists. OnBoard's easy reports let you immediately see whose term is expiring, or which seats are [...]

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

2021-10-14T18:32:45+00:00October 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

We've all heard the horror stories about a local government having its data hijacked by ransomware. Retrieving highjacked or locked data can cost thousands of dollars. This is truly one of those situations where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has an impressive [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Happiness and Houseplants

2019-12-26T15:34:39+00:00January 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

As we focus on happiness in January, one thing we notice is that the days are getting longer. More natural sunlight can be a real mood-booster, and it's probably no coincidence that office plants can help cheer us up, too. In honor of National Houseplant Appreciation Day on the 10th, let's look at how plants [...]

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