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Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?

Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?

Rumor has it, in some association circles, trade show attendance is struggling. This could spell trouble for how vendor members find value in belonging to your organization. While some industries may be feeling the pain more than others, it is never a bad time to think about the ways you are engaging your vendor/supplier members. Read on for a handful of ideas on engaging your vendor-side members in effective and successful ways.

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Friday Top Five: Healthy Associations

Posted by Sarah Hill

A healthy membership is a happy membership. Read all about how you can keep your health care costs down and promote healthy, happy wellness along with your established mission statement and goals. 

Friday Top Five: Association Wellness Plans

Staying Fit on a 3000 Calorie Per Day Conference Diet by Tom Morrison

Food-and-beverage-rich conferences are definitely a diet-derailer for association leaders. Our pal Tom Morrison tackled that issue in his blog!

"I consistently do my workouts in my hotel room, with no weights, and I feel great for meetings...more energetic during the day because I'm burning the calories I'm consuming at conference, and I'm mentally more fit as well."

Workplace Health Promotion posted by the CDC

Who better to speak on health-related subjects than the CDC?

"For organizations, workplace health programs have the potential to impact areas such as health care costs, absenteeism, productivity, recruitement/retention, culture and employee morale. Employers, workers, their families and communities all benefit from the prevention of disease and injury and from sustained health."

Wellness Programs: Improve Workplace Health, Reduce Healthcare Costs by Michael Zuna

This post appeared in Small Business Trends, with many parallels to Small Staff Association life. 

"At the end of the day, the success of any wellness program is measured entirely on the level of employee participation. By offering comprehensive wellness programs that entail physical, mental and financial health, small businesses can create an environment that provides not only a happier and healthier workforce, but also a nice ROI."

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program by The American Psychological Association

Associations have an answer for everything, and the mind is just as important as the body for healthy members and staff. 

"According to a national public opinion poll conducted by the American Psychological Association, two-thirds of both men and women say work has a significant impact on their stress level, and one in four has called in sick or taken a “mental health day” as a result of work stress. Also a significant concern for employers, job stress is estimated to cost U.S. industry $300 billion a year in absenteeism, diminished productivity, employee turnover and direct medical, legal and insurance fees."

Small Staff Associations and Wellness Programs by Yours Truly for the MC Talks Blog

If it's small staff related, we've got your back. Here are some ideas to establish your own wellness program!

"Go on a long walk together at lunch. Sign up for a 5K (or 10K!) as a group and share your training efforts. Take a few minutes each hour to do some push-ups and crunches together. Hire a nutritionist to come in for an afternoon to help with meal planning and give guidance. Little things really can add up, and preventative health care measures such as these can not only save your association money in the long run, but also have long-term benefits for your staff."

Topics: association management, small staff association

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