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Association Today is a blog authored by Paul Lundy that talks about the news and insights relevant to the association industry.

Managing Absence & Disability in Your Association’s Workplace: 2 Trends to Watch in 2016

Managing Absence & Disability in Your Association’s Workplace: 2 Trends to Watch in 2016

As we’ve worked with our association customers through the years, it’s become evident that their roles as employers are equally important as their roles as organizations representing specific industries and professions. One of the benefits of working with a cross-section of organizations is that we’re able to monitor a variety of trends that may be relevant to the nonprofit sector as a whole. A case in that point is our customer the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC).

In a recent interview with HR Drive, DMEC Chief Executive Officer Terri Rhodes highlighted five pivotal disability and absence management trends to watch this year. There are two that I would like to summarize for your reference:

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Show Your Connections Some Love in 2016

Show Your Connections Some Love in 2016

By now most people have at least set up their LinkedIn profiles. Some may have taken their use of the network a step further and actively pursued new connections. Others might even contribute regularly to the discussions in the groups they’ve joined.

However, if some of us are honest, setting up the profile is about how far as we’ve gotten in exploring this social media network. That could change in the coming year if we really commit to making the most of those virtual connections.

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New Year, New Approach, New Now: 5 Questions to Jumpstart Your Thinking

New Year, New Approach, New Now: 5 Questions to Jumpstart Your Thinking

“I love new years. I think they're a gift, an opportunity for a fresh start. They're an opportunity to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again.”

—Sam Horn, Communications Consultant and Strategist

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Innovate with Intent: 3 Questions for Evaluating “Great” Ideas

Innovate with Intent: 3 Questions for Evaluating “Great” Ideas

All ideas are not created equal. Someone’s great idea may not, in fact, be that great when considered within the larger context of your association’s strategic goals and objectives. Even so, with the New Year well under way, most organizations want to encourage their team members to share their great, or perhaps not-so-great, ideas.

Ultimately, ideas lead to innovation, and it’s important to have a mechanism in place for employees to suggest them easily. Your method of gathering ideas might be as simple as the proverbial suggestion box in your lunch room or an online form that goes to a staff committee.

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New Year, New Career?

New Year, New Career?

Whether you’re looking to make a move internally or externally, this may be the year that you change your career path. We’re always on the lookout for prospective Fontevans who might be a good fit for our team. And we’re equally committed to advancing our current staff on their chosen career paths within our organization.

In her article for ASAE Career Headquarters, career coach Cheryl Palmer highlights five steps people can take to make themselves promotable. I think they are worth reiterating at the start of a New Year, when many associations may be re-evaluating their human resources.

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