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April 2008

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bullet FUN Days to Celebrate (Call/Email for Ways to Celebrate the FUN Days to Celebrate!)
bullet RECRUIT: Great Job Descriptions - An Example You Should Use
bullet Why, Why, Why?
bullet INSPIRE: Inspire in Buckets
bullet TRAIN: Strategic Training & Development —
Gateway to Organizational Success
bullet RETAIN: Those Who Have Left: The Value of
Building Employee Relationships
bullet Professional Development Conferences
bullet Ways to Volunteer & Give

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FUN DAYS TO CELEBRATE

APRIL SPECIAL DAYS

April is...
Customer Service Month
Humor Month
International Guitar Month
Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month
Multicultural Communications Month

April 1-7 – Laugh Week
April 7-13 – Bake Week
April 13-19 – Library Week
April 19-27 – National Park Week
April 20-26 – Administrative Professionals Week, Organize Your Files Week, & Karaoke Week
April 27-May 3 – Volunteer Week

April 1 – April Fools’ Day & International Fun at Work Day
April 2 – Peanut Butter and Jelly Day & Reconciliation Day
April 3 – Find a Rainbow Day & Chocolate Mousse Day
April 6 – Caramel Popcorn Day
April 7 – Coffee Cake Day & World Health Day
April 11 – Cheese Fondue Day
April 12 – Look Up At The Sky Day
April 14 – Pecan Day
April 15 – Rubber Eraser Day & Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday
April 16 – Stress Awareness Day & Eggs Benedict Day
April 17 – Cheeseball Day & Nosy Neighbor Appreciation Day
April 19 – Passover, Hot Dog Day, & Garlic Day
April 20 – Lima Bean Respect Day & Look Alike Day
April 22 – Earth Day & Jelly Bean Day
April 23 – Administrative Professionals Day, Shakespeare’s Birthday, & World Book &
                Copyright Day
April 24 – Pigs in a Blanket Day (Boy, are farm animals pampered today!)
April 25 – Don’t Step in the Dog Poop Day & Zucchini Bread Day
April 26 – Pretzel Day
April 29 – Zipper Day

May
May 4 – Orange Juice Day & International Respect for Chickens Day (Respect chickens AND
              wrap pigs in blankets? What next?!)
May 5 – Chocolate Custard Day

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COOL RECRUITING TIPS

Great Job Descriptions - An Example You Should Use

If you’re like me, you see other company’s job descriptions everyday — in listservs, in emails from colleagues all hoping you know someone who fits the job.

This is a great example you can follow:

Job Title: Community Manager

Company Overview

Infusion Software is a CRM provider that liberates and empowers small businesses by putting their marketing, sales and customer service on auto-pilot! Our web-based software centralizes, organizes and automates lead generation, lead conversion and client fulfillment for small businesses. Unlike other CRM software available on the market today, Infusion CRM is a comprehensive, active CRM built specifically for marketers, entrepreneurs and successful small businesses that recognize marketing and automation are necessary to quick and profitable growth.

Why work for us?

Infusion Software has been recognized for its continued growth and great working environment.

● Ranked number 10 for revenue growth among software
   companies worldwide on Software Magazine's 25th Annual
   Software 500 list with 125% growth from 2005 to 2006
● Ranked in Inc. Magazine's list of 500 fastest growing private
   companies in America
● Recipient of Spirit of Enterprise Award from the W.P. Carey
   School of Business at ASU
● Named "Top Arizona Company to Watch" by the Arizona
   Small Business Association
● Recipient of 2007 CRM Excellence Award for "Top Small
   Business Marketing Software"
● Named one of the "Best Places to Work" by Phoenix Business Journal

Job Description

Infusion Software is seeking a full-time Community Manager (CM) to work on the Operations team in our Gilbert, Arizona office. The CM will lead the Knowledge Base (KB) strategy *and* the User Community strategy across the company and across our client base.

Responsibilities

Identify and document KB needs and requirements
   (including technical, design, functional, integration, etc)
● Identify and document user community needs and
   requirements
● Provide detailed analysis of different potential KB solutions
● Provide detailed analysis of different user community
   solutions
● Integrate the KB and the user community with other tools
   such as our Infusion CRM (our core product) and our user
   community among others
● Drive critical activities such as branding of the KB and user
   community, measuring and increasing usage of the KB, and measuring and increasing satisfaction of
   the KB and user community
● Organize and structure the KB in such a way that information is easy to find and is presented to the
   end user in a logical format
● Organize the KB and the user community to align with Infusion Software's small business building
   blocks
● Constantly audit existing KB materials to make sure they are current and applicable
● Create material (written, video, webinars, etc.) as necessary to keep the KB up-to-date and
   applicable (e.g. when there are patches or new feature releases)
● Develop a QA process to ensure all material that goes into the KB is correct and accurate
● Identify technical solutions to enhance current KB-related and user-community processes and
   procedures
● Identify risks, issues and resolutions for escalation and follow-up
● Adhere to internal processes / procedures and actively seek for improvement

Skills and Certifications

● Advanced computer skills experience (*Required*)
● HTML Knowledge (*Required*)
● Database/Internet Knowledge, (*Required*)
● Captivate/Camtasia training software or equivalent
   (*Required*)
● Must work quickly to gain an exceptional understanding of
   the Infusion CRM
● Ability to prioritize tasks and activities
● Proven ability to meet deadlines and due dates
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to foster strong
   relationships and work within a team environment
● Self-starter with the ability to work well independently
● Ability to grasp technical concepts quickly
● Detail-oriented
● Flexible
● Ability to work in rapidly changing atmosphere

Education

● High School Diploma or Equivalent (*required*)

● College or University (*preferred*)

● Enthusiasm and Strong Work Ethic (*required*)

We Provide

● A fun yet challenging work environment
● New hire training
● 100% paid employee health benefits
● 401(k)
● Contests, giveaways and incentives
● 2 weeks paid vacation the first year
● Paid holidays
● Abbreviated Friday hours (office closes at 2:30pm)
● Stocked kitchen

Compensation

This is a full-time salaried position, Monday through Friday. Salary will range from $45,000 - $65,000 based on experience.

  
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Why, Why, Why?

bullet Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?
bullet Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they know there is not enough money?
bullet Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
bullet Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
bullet Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?
bullet Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
bullet Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
bullet If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
bullet Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
bullet Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?
bullet Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
bullet Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
bullet Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
bullet How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
bullet Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
bullet In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?
bullet How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

And my FAVORITE......
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every 4 persons are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your 3 best friends – if they’re okay, then it’s you.
 

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 WHO'S WEARING FUN METERS?


Fun Meter   * Colleagues of Sherry V Squared – Thanks for the referral, Dr. Faires!
     

COOL CALLS

 
* Kevin King, Business Decisions, Inc.: “I enjoyed talking with you too. I was really impressed and transformed by the way you demonstrated what a true learner focus means. Please send the description of the list when you find it. Those were some really interesting names and I’m super curious about what they could be. Thiagi is quite the innovator. This list you just sent has some things I’m going to have to try with my students.”
   
* Pam Williams, Innergized: “Thank you for the very informative article in the ASAE newsletter on making webinars more engaging – I forwarded the article on to a colleague who is in the middle of designing her association’s first online training and I know she will find it useful. Well done!”
   

IDEAS TO INSPIRE

Inspire in Buckets

by John Pearson

You won’t find “Hoopla! 101" listed in any business school curricula, nor a chapter devoted to the subject in the standard management textbooks. So what’s all the fuss about hoopla! and why are more and more companies, nonprofit ministries and churches taking fun so seriously?

In his book, Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job,
Dennis Bakke writes, “We have made the workplace a frustrating and joyless place where people do what they’re told and have few ways to participate in decisions or fully use their talents.” Bakke is waging a war on CEOs, senior pastors and managers who keep all the fun (that is, decision-making) to themselves. His Top 10 Water Cooler Wisdom rules (www.DennisBakke.com) summarize his radical-but distinctively Christian-beliefs about the transformational changes needed between the hours of nine and five.

I’ve known Dennis since the eighth grade, and when he reads the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30, he actually believes there’s a message for us. “Enter into the master’s joy,” (Matt. 25:23, KJV) means just that: God expects there to be joy at work. Bakke’s aspirations for the workplace come through loud and clear in Rule #3 of his Water Cooler Wisdom Top 10:

Rule #3: Attempt to create the most fun workplace in the history of the world.
Most people don’t believe that fun and work can coexist. The key to joy at work is the personal freedom to take actions and make decisions using individual skills and talents. A special workplace has many ingredients. The feeling that you are part of a team, a sense of community, the knowledge that what you do has real purpose-all these things help make work fun. But by far the most important factor is whether people are able to use their individual talents and skills to do something useful, significant, and worthwhile.

A fun workplace is one that allows people to work in an environment that is most consistent with human nature. Failure and mistakes are all part of what makes work fun. Even stress contributes to fun, as long as a person has a certain amount of control over the outcome. When all of these factors come into play at the same time, we feel something approaching pure joy.

Hoopla! Defined
First of all, let’s agree that hoopla! should always be in italics (for emphasis) and always spelled with an exclamation point (for fun!) . . . but what does it mean? Google the word and you get a mixed bag. Hoopla! turns up related ideas, such as hullabaloo, excitement, commotion and ballyhoo. Here’s our working definition: every email, event, effort and energy expended to enhance fun, affirmation and recognition in the workplace is hoopla! And the more hoopla!, the better!

When Bakke was co-founder, president and CEO of The AES Corporation in Arlington, Virginia, the company employed 40,000 people worldwide. “Fun” was one of their four shared values (see the Culture Bucket). The idea, Bakke said, came from his biblical understanding of work and how leaders must affirm and value their people.

For the Christian leader and manager, hoopla! is holy, whether your ministry is in the marketplace or at a church or nonprofit. Hoopla! zealots demonstrate a heart for people, and a fun workplace backs up the talk with the walk. Creating a hoopla! culture is a powerful tool, but the reverse of that is almost lethal. Imagine your team members praying, “Lord, use my life to serve the people around me-the poor, the widows, the orphans and the forgotten. Amen. . . . P.S. Please forgive me for hating my job so much. As you know, Lord, I’m not appreciated much here.”

You’ve probably seen the motivational poster of the barrel-chested pirate cracking a nasty whip over the heads of the hapless sailors in the hold of the ship. The slogan reads, “Floggings will continue until morale improves.” Scott Adams, the insightful creator of the Dilbert cartoon strip, tells about a company that eliminated annual raises, but promised year-end bonuses if the company achieved at least five of their seven annual corporate goals. Unfortunately, only four of the seven goals were met that year so there were zilch bonuses. One of the goals they missed, according to Adams, was “employee morale.”

A recent Gallup poll reported that “65% of Americans received no praise or recognition in the workplace in the past year.” That’s both shocking and sad. Hoopla! never came naturally to me in my 30 years as a CEO. I always had too much to do and too little time. “The tyranny of the urgent” could well have been the slogan on my letterhead! Okay, we’ll celebrate yet one more birthday (if there’s decent cake), but let’s keep the interruption under 12 minutes. The FedEx guy will be here at 4:00 P.M. and those graphs aren’t done yet.

Then one year at my professional association meeting, the American Society of Association Executives, I attended a workshop: “How to Put Fun Into the Workplace.” In one hour, I got a $10,000 idea. It’s the perfect event for launching hoopla! in your organization (see my book). When the fun is poured out of the Hoopla! Bucket, generously drenching your people, they’ll know for sure that they are appreciated and recognized as important members of the team.

Excerpted from “The Hoopla Bucket” chapter in Mastering the Management Buckets:
20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Nonprofit

  
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TRAIN SO THEY’LL LEARN

Strategic Training & Development — Gateway to Organizational Success

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) just released their first quarter research (keep reading, it’s not the boring kind of research). It’s written to HR Professionals so you’ll see those references, but it does apply to all of us in every size organization.

Traditionally, the purpose of training and development has been to ensure that employees can effectively accomplish their jobs. Today, the business environment has changed, with intense pressure on organizations to stay ahead of the competition through innovation and reinvention. In fact, according to the 2006 SHRM Workplace Forecast, the importance of continued learning is an overarching trend of societal needs, indicating that organizations must foster learning as a social responsibility to ensure they are competitive in the global marketplace.

When strategically applied, continuous learning fosters knowledge and skills acquisition to help the organization achieve its goals. HR’s role is to establish and implement a high-level roadmap for strategic training and development. The starting point is an in-depth understanding of the business environment, knowledge of the organization’s goals and insight regarding training and development options. HR must then develop strategic learning imperatives (high-level, learning-related actions that an organization takes to be competitive) that align with business goals. Differences in industry, business goals, human capital skills and resources influence the selection of learning imperatives. Below are some examples.

1. Diversify the learning portfolio.
2. Expand the view of whom to train.
3. Accelerate the pace of employee learning.
4. Prepare employees to deal better with customers.
5. Ensure that employees believe there are opportunities to learn and grow.
6. Effectively capture and share knowledge.
7. Diagnose and modify the work environment to support transfer and learning.

To determine appropriate strategic learning imperatives, HR explores and gathers information. For example, regarding diversification of the company’s learning portfolio, one might ask, “How are resources allocated?” Or, to accelerate the pace of learning, an important question is “Which employee groups need to quickly acquire new knowledge?”

According to the 2007 Job Satisfaction Survey Report by the SHRM, the ability to use skills in the workplace and the opportunity for career development were rated as very important by both HR and employees. Employees want opportunities to grow, or they will leave, taking with them valuable institutional knowledge. As highlighted in SHRM’s 2007 Benefits survey report, companies today offer a broad range of benefits to help employees advance in their careers: 96% offer professional development opportunities (e.g., seminars, conferences, courses, training to keep skills current); 91% pay for professional memberships; 27% offer career counseling; 26% offer a formal mentoring program; 12% offer foreign (non-English) language classes; and 6% provide ELS classes (English as a second language). Organizations that invest in opportunities for growth and learning generate significant returns on employee retention, motivation, trust and initiative. For example, global organizations committed to employee development (e.g., Proctor & Gamble, Intel, Boeing, Cisco, Dell, PepsiCo) attract highly qualified candidates.

Therefore, initiatives such as strategic training and development that directly support the organization’s strategic goals and objectives are essential. To evaluate training and development— from pre- to post-training—HR should follow a sequenced process to determine the strategic value of training outcomes:
1) conduct a needs analysis;
2) develop measurable learning outcomes and analysis of transfer of training;
3) develop outcome measures;
4) select an evaluation strategy; and
5) plan and execute the evaluation process.

Training outcomes include cognitive outcomes (safety rules, steps in appraisal process), skill-based outcomes (listening and coaching skills), affective outcomes (satisfaction with training, attitudes regarding other cultures), results (lower absenteeism, fewer accidents), and return on investment (economic value measured in dollars).

Excerpted from SHRM Research Quarterly, first quarter 2008

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RETAIN THE BEST

Those Who Have Left: The Value of Building Employee Relationships

Strong relationships have always been important assets in the workplace. Today, as organization becomes increasingly global and professionals work together across countries and time zones, managing and maintaining workplace relationships has become more challenging than ever, creating a need for new ways to build the powerful connections and communities that drive organization success.

What happens to relationships when someone leaves to move on to another opportunity or retires from the workforce? How can organizations continue to maintain, cultivate and mine these relationships and the associated institutional knowledge for business value? The solution: Build lifelong relationships with employees to ensure an ongoing dialogue and connection that can be leveraged even after they have left.

Many organizations have viewed the employee life cycle as “hire to fire”. But attitudes have come full circle. Brick-and-mortar companies first encouraged lifelong employment. Later, as business models evolved, they moved toward a model of just-in-time employment and the hire-to-fire cycle.

This new paradigm meets the needs of both employers and employees. Organizations require knowledgeable, just-in-time talent pools to staff business as it evolves. Individuals are much more self-directed and motivated by their own professional development. Companies that can help individuals develop throughout their lifetimes, whether or not they are current employees, will benefit from their loyalty and interest.

Corporate Social Networking: Build and Enable Lifelong Employee Relationships
With the advent of Web 2.0 technologies and the prevalence of consumer social networks, companies are turning to social networking enterprise solutions to facilitate and maintain these lifelong relationships. Enterprise, or corporate social networks, are online, affinity-based social networks through which relationships can be fostered and leveraged for business value. Similar in concept to consumer sites such as MySpace and Facebook, corporate social networking technologies allow organizations to easily connect employees, former employees or corporate alumni, retirees, new hires, interns, globally dispersed sales organizations and any number of other targeted employee subgroups — in the combination that makes the most sense for their business. Furthermore, corporate social networks are private and secure, open only to those groups identified by an organization, making the knowledge exchange much more valuable and trustworthy than is possible with public, open networks.

The identified groups within the corporate social network connect with each other; build trusted relationships centered on common affinities; locate, share and transfer knowledge quickly; collaborate across geographical boundaries; share insights on work-life balance; search for job opportunities; and much more. Facilitating better connections amid the different employee groups and important constituencies leads to higher levels of productivity, a more engaged workforce, a solid sourcing and recruiting pool from which to hire or rehire, higher levels of employee engagement and retention, increases in new business and greater innovation. Once an employee leaves or retires, former colleagues and the organization can easily stay in touch with him via the network, keep him updated on company news, share relevant corporate information, and keep him posted on full- and part-time job openings and contracting engagements.

Don’t Count Them Out: Today’s Retirees Want to Stay Connected
If the average enterprise took an informal poll of its employees poised for retirement over the next few years, chances are most of them don’t have plans to immediately retire, or those who do want to remain engaged with the organization in some capacity. They want to stay connected to colleagues and the company, perhaps serve as consultants on projects, share and transfer knowledge to their younger team members, and even volunteer in the organization’s community efforts. With approximately 40% of the workforce eligible to retire in the next three years, this is knowledge, goodwill, brand ambassadorship and quality that organizations can’t afford to lose.

Companies such as The Dow Chemical Company are building social networks to maintain access to the knowledge retirees hold and take advantage of the medium to help keep them engaged with their organization for flexible employment opportunities. With 40% of Dow’s workforce eligible for retirement over the next five years, the company is taking aggressive steps to help stem the associated brain drain of this large percentage of its workforce. The company recently made public its plans to launch a retiree network to access much needed talent "who may be looking to return for short-term projects" and prevent the loss of knowledge as boomers exit the workforce.

KPMG has signed up approximately 10,000 former and current employees on its corporate social network since its launch in the spring of 2007. KPMG credits its network with helping it hire 137 former employees, or around 14% of the company’s total hires, since the network’s launch, up from 72 people in the three months prior. This increase in the number of rehires delivers significant benefits to the organization — from cost savings to productivity improvements and increased goodwill among employees.

Additional benefits include access to the knowledge experienced alumni hold, the ability to inform opinions and discussions alumni have about the organization, and the potential to create positive impressions for individuals who may remain shareholders or customers of the organization. Such brand ambassadorship, whether for an organization’s employment or corporate brand, can have substantive results.

Rehires Hit the Ground Running
Corporate alumni bring many benefits when they rejoin an organization. They understand the culture, work ethic and how to navigate their former employer’s organization. Further, the organization has knowledge about their prior performance, and the goodwill associated with returning, customer-facing employees can have substantial financial impact.

According to a recent survey of SelectMinds clients, most were able to increase the amount of rehires versus external experienced hires by approximately 30% following the implementation of a corporate social network, linking corporate alumni with each other, the company and their former peers.

The study also found rehires are more likely to be star performers. Study subjects report, on average, 66% of rehires made through their corporate social networking program are star performers versus 26% of experienced hires. According to industry statistics, star performers contribute three times the amount of an average performer.

The study also revealed, on average, the time to contribution of rehires is half that of all experienced hires, which may be linked to rehires’ existing knowledge of customers and established relationships within the organization that can facilitate work.

Building relationships for life won’t happen overnight. In many organizations, this way of thinking is an entirely new concept and will take a massive shift in organizational thinking from the CEO on down. Yet, the numbers speak for themselves. The sheer number of retirees eligible for retirement over the next five years versus the number of Gen Y workers marks a clear chasm in the workforce of the future. Retirees who leave are taking with them incredible knowledge that if not captured and shared will be lost forever, marking gaps in knowledge transfer and a potentially dangerous gateway for competitors to gain an advantage in the marketplace. These potential risks to an organization’s business, bottom line, market reputation and brand recognition cannot go unnoticed. Action must be taken to build and maintain these important relationships for life.

Adapted from Talent Management Magazine, February, 2008

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCES

April 5-6, 2008
Meeting Professionals International Gulf Meetings and Events Conference, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, http://www.mplweb.org 

April 5-8, 2008
International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), NY Marriott Marquis Hotel, http://www.ispi.org 

April 10-12, 2008
International Association of Facilitators, Atlanta, GA, http://www.inf-world.org 

April 14-16, 2008
Successful Meetings University, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey, CA, http://www.successfulmeetings.com/smu 

April 16-18, 2008
America’s Small Business Summit 2008, Renaissance Washington, Washington, D.C., http://www.uschambersummit.com

April 17, 2008
Virtual Meeting World Green Meetings: Good for the Environment, Good for Business, http://www.virtualmeetingworld.com 

April 18-20, 2008
Meeting Professionals International European Meetings and Events Conference, ExCel London, http://www.mplweb.org 

April 21-24, 2008
Christian Management Association Annual National Conference, Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, http://cmaonline.org/cma-conference/ 

April 23-25, 2008
International Mentoring Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, http://www.mentoring-association.org 

April 28-30, 2008
Learning Consortium’s Designing the Blended Learning Landscape Conference, Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA, http://www.the-lc.org/ 

May 4-7, 2008
Training Magazine Leadership Summit, Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA, http://www.trainingmagevents.com 

May 4-7, 2008
Talent Management Magazines’ Strategies 2008: Perspectives on Managing People, Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, AZ, http://www.talentmgt.com/events/Conferences/2008/May/84/index.php

May 18-21, 2008
NAWDP 19th Annual Conference, Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA, http://www.nawdp.org/

June 22-25, 2008
SHRM 60th Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago IL, http://www.shrm.org 

July 26-28, 2008
WorldFuture 2008: Seeing the Future Through New Eyes, Washington, D.C., http://www.wfs.org 

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WAYS TO VOLUNTEER & GIVE


EASY TO BE GREEN!

 

K www.eartheasy.com has great tips on green cleaning.
K www.greendimes.com & www.41pounds.org will help you get off junk mail lists.
K www.thegreenguide.com has tips on every facet of green living.
K www.energystar.gov gives advice on replacing old light bulbs w/energy efficient bulbs.
K www.eere.energy.gov/greenpower provides comprehensive "green power" info.
K www.globalwarming.org urges the use of recycled paper.
K www.arborday.org helps you plant trees to save the environment.

Going Green At Work
find ecofriendly building materials and services at http://www.rateitgreen.comom
buy ecofriendly office supplies at http://www.thegreenoffice.comomm 
work from home ideas at http://www.treehugger.com 
find jobs and volunteer opportunities with socially responsible organizations at
         http://www.idealist.org 
Reduce paperwork by invoicing, & paying employees & bills electronically
         (
TRAINING SYSTEMS, INC.  now invoices exclusively by email and is close to paying everyone
         by credit card, PayPal, or automatic debit from checking account).
Encourage employees to use public transportation.
Use ceiling fans to reduce air-conditioning costs
Reduce your hot water heater temperature by 2 degrees and insulate the tank.
Use energy-saving light bulbs

B.I.G. ON BOOKS is an organization that promotes literacy in underprivileged countries, primarily Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. You can donate books through most Rotary Clubs. B.I.G. also accepts cash donations. Send email to Steve Frantzich at frantzic@usna.edu for more information.

Kicking World Hunger is the biggest soccer juggle-a-thon in the world (uh, that we know of), much like a walk-a-thon, but more fun! Participants sign up to juggle a soccer ball thousands of times while raising money to provide hope for children and communities that desperately need it. http://www.firstgiving.com/kickingworldhunger

Charity Navigator (http://charitynavigator.org) is an in-depth, searchable guide to more than 5,000 charities worldwide that aims to encourage "intelligent giving". They rate charities based on their total expenses, revenues, and organizational capacity. If you want to give, but the recent slew of charity scandals has you feeling skeptical about where your money would go.

Take Pride T-Shirts (http://www.takepride.com) was founded by a group of friends who all share the belief that the more difficult the mission facing our military, the more deserving they are of our thanks and support. Each unique shirt design provides a glimpse into the life of a different US Service member who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and is hand silk-screened. The message of the shirts isn’t political, it's about acknowledging, celebrating, and taking pride in the spirit of young Americans who despite facing an extremely difficult job and unpleasant conditions, nonetheless strive to do their job well. Take Pride gives at least 20% of profits to charities and causes that assist combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Set a reminder to visit http://www.thebreastcancersite.com daily and click this button to help underprivileged women get mammograms.

volunteermatch.org helps you find organizations in your area that spark your interest in volunteering.
momsrising.org fights for family-friendly programs and policies at work.
mygooddeed.org honors the heroes and victims of 9/11, by giving ideas for good deeds to perform.
kiva.org helps entrepreneurs by connecting them with backers for short term loans
guidestar.org and charitablechoices.org both make sure the organizations you’re supporting are legit and give the bulk of their money to their mission

Global Volunteers (http://www.globalvolunteers.org)
You can:
select by type of work project
select by country and date
select by service program conditions
select by cost

RECYCLING
Recycle yogurt containers and old toothbrushes!
Recycline’ Preserve partnered with Stonyfield Farm and is recycling yogurt containers into toothbrush handles. Old toothbrushes are used to make plastic lumber for picnic tables. Go to http://www.recycline.com for details.

Responsibly Dispose of Your Old Electronics
Donate Old Cell Phones
911 Cell Phone Bank provide free emergency cell phones to needful people through partnerships with law enforcement organizations, http://www.911CellPhoneBank.com

Recycle PCs, cell phones, printers, CDs diskettes, etc., with GreenDisk. For $29.95, they send a 70-pound-capacity box. When it’s full, you download postage from their website and ship it back. Your “junk” then goes to workshops for the disabled and are refurbished.  http://www.greendisk.comm

Donate PCs to National Cristina Foundation, http://www.cristina.org; Goodwill, www.goodwill.org, Salvation Army, www.satruck.com/MakeDonation.asp.

Recycle PCs and other computer products at Hewlett Packard and Dell. See their websites for details.

Several other places to recycle old PCs: www.plugintoscycling.org, www.earth911.org, www.eiae.org.

Find local Electronics recyclers at http://www.earth911.org and http://www.ebay.com/rethink


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