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Tip of the Week: Embrace the Suck

Hey there, Monday! Time once again for Tip of the Week, where we pass along tools, time-savers, and just-plain-genius ideas that experts, colleagues and members of The Association have suggested...
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Tip of the Week: Breaktime to Make Time

Ever skipped lunch because you had too much work to do? This week’s tip demonstrates that productivity—and team morale—can actually increase when we take regular breaks. During the peak of...
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Tip of the Week: 10 Best Safety Practices for Animal Transport

You may have read last week’s blog about shelter populations increasing and numbers of animals transported out decreasing. If you are planning to start or resume a transport program, here...
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Industry Update: Recommendations for Animal Transport

We’ve seen the stories – shelters all across the country are full, close to or beyond capacity. And we have the data to back that up. Recent reports from Shelter...
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Tip of the Week: Right on the Button

Caution: This week’s tip might result in a very jarring experience….and we think you’re gonna love it. Workplace values are key to a healthy organizational culture. But how can you...
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Tip of the Week: Don’t Miss the Exit

We wrapped up our Great Place to Work series recently with the always-insightful Tom Erb. In his webinar on Maximizing Employee Retention in a Highly Competitive Labor Market, the staffing...
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Ottawa Humane Society: Maintaining Growth & Success During Crisis

Growing and maintaining success is a challenge that all shelters face. This challenge becomes even more daunting when you add in unexpected environmental factors—such as a global pandemic. Yet as...
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Tip of the Week: At Your Service

This week, we take a closer look at word usage, and how it can impact your relationships with the folks who come through your doors. What is the job title...
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Tip of the Week: 5 Ideas for Minimizing Distractions

In their recent webinar, Investing in Your People, Drs. Rob McKenna and Daniel Hallak of WiLD Leaders emphasized the importance of staying present while in virtual meetings and trainings. Got...
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Tip of the Week: Hit the Breaks

Didya catch our recent webinar, “How Can Science Help You Engage Your Workforce”?  Managers, here’s a simple, impactful idea shared by UNC Charlotte’s Natalie Wilde that you can walk down...
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Tip of the Week: Which Job Would You Apply For?

Your Monday Motivation comes courtesy of staffing guru Tom Erb, who reminds us that job listings are marketing pieces—and not about the employer’s needs, but what the potential candidate wants....
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Tip of the Week: Applause, Applause!

Looking for a simple idea that could give someone a much-needed pick-me-up and help develop a daily practice of gratitude? Coming right up. Drs. Rob McKenna and Daniel Hallak started...
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