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Training Staff for Success

Training Staff for Success

Does your organization have a defined onboarding process? What about regular skills training for staff? When budgeting for success, staff training is often one of the first expenses to be cut from the list, but that could cause more problems than it solves. Hands-on training is the best way to ensure that your staff is invested in your organization, excited about your mission, and productive at their jobs.

Onboarding New Staff

Being the “new kid” is pretty terrible, even as an adult at a new job. Simple things make getting up to speed difficult, including not knowing where files are stored, being unfamiliar with new tools, and not knowing whom to ask for help. But there are some easy things you can do to help get new employees off on the right foot.

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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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Clear Your Vision before You Plan

Clear Your Vision before You Plan

In the excitement that comes with looking forward to the New Year, organizations sometimes jump into planning before carefully evaluating the goals, values, and objectives that need to inform that process. The desire to simply have a plan in place can overtake the discernment it takes to step back and re-evaluate what an organization is currently doing and would like to do in the future. Recently, I came across an example of an organization that seemed to be on the right track in terms of reconsidering its mission, vision and values before planning for 2016 gets underway.

Last month the board of directors of Charlotte Pride outlined the steps they have taken to continue the organization’s strategic and sustainable growth. Charlotte Pride, an organization that brings together the largest gathering of LGBTQ people in the Carolinas, recently adopted a new mission, vision and value statements.

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