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Community Development Professionals
332 Dayton Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513) 858-1738
Fax: (513) 858-1739
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Guest Writer: "How Are You Managing Your Stress and Overwork?"
As a therapist who works in a small business, a special interest of mine has been how to keep rising stress levels down. Trying to run the business, build it and concentrate on its growth and success can be overwhelming especially for small business owners and individuals who run, or own, their company.
A recent study of 2,500 American workers by CareerBuilder.com found that 77 percent feel burned out at their jobs!
"So what," you might ask? It's no secret that stress is a fact of daily life, and in fast-moving cultures with technology thrusting us to new heights, what else is new?
Well, some things we may not think about are, for example, that if the stress is ignored in a workplace, rising stress levels can actually affect the atmosphere and relationships between coworkers by affecting employee behavior. Under strain and stress, for example, managers sometimes lash out at their employees, become overbearing and can create a hostile workplace. Companies pair down their workforce to remain competitive and increase the demands on themselves and each other. Small business owners especially feel this pressure, as they try to do all they can to keep costs down.
Effective communication in the workplace is essential in management and leadership. Constructive communication is essential for effective functioning. Lack of effective communication skills can create disconnect and destructive dynamics. Look at your own situation and try to figure out what you can do to eliminate stress both at the workplace and at home.
Here are a few areas of workplace stress to be examined and perhaps modified for a more relaxing day!
1. Organizing Your Environment
Your workspace should be kept neat and orderly. Do you and your staff have all the papers, materials, equipment and tools you need at hand? Are they easy to find and convenient? Not being able to find what is required to complete necessary tasks can frustrate individuals and increase stress levels. Also, the time spent looking for materials is time taken away from accomplishing things in a timely fashion.
Do you find that you are interrupted a lot during the day to return phone calls or to check emails? Are there people dropping in with constant interruptions? Try to reduce distractions by setting up specific times during the day to check emails and return phone calls. By scheduling a time for your door to be open for drop-in questions and tasks, your stress is lowered as your attention is not diverted to other things or people.
3. Time Management
A considerable amount of office stress results from allocating too much time to less important things or working on what is in front of you, rather than what is important. You end up then, facing a rapidly approaching deadline on an important project and experience stress and pressure. Prioritize important projects and schedule them accordingly. Daily "to-do" lists help clarify time frames.
(for more see the complete article on our blog)
And remember, effective communication is the key to a harmonious atmosphere.
Judy L. Buka M.ED., LSW is licensed by the Marriage and Family Counselor and Social Work Board, and offers counseling, for individuals, couples, and groups.
Groups (small and confidential) available for stress reduction, and small business owner support
Groups are 2 hours $35 per session.
Contact Judy for more information: 513-891-1533
Also workshops available on effective communication!
Judy L. Buka M.ED., LSW
Comprehensive Counseling Services Inc.
10999 Reed Hartman Highway Suite #233
Blue Ash, Ohio 45242
"Basics of Social Media"
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Center for Community Revitalization
332 Dayton St.
Hamilton, OH 45011
This full-day workshop is designed to give participants an awareness of current technology and social media. Participants will gain understanding about the benefits of using this technology in your organization. You will learn about the different types of digital environments such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and much more. You will leave with a comprehensive understanding of how to connect and drive your organization using the latest in social networking techniques and have the information necessary to operate effectively in modern digital environments. This training is appropriate for Executive Directors, Development Directors, Marketing sub-committees and other key staff persons involved in promotion of the organization. (Full day training)
($99/person or free for CCR Members)
Upcoming Bridgeworks Trainings
Media Relations: Tues, Apr 24: Hamilton, OH
Back to Basics: Tues, May 1: Hamilton, OH
Forming a Non-Profit: Wed, May 23: Hamilton, OH
Image Development: Tues, Jun 5: Hamilton, OH
Understanding Budgets: Thurs, Jun 21: Hamilton, OH
CDPBridgeworks Connect to Funding
Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Major League Baseball
SUMMARY: The mission of BTF is to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball throughout the world by funding programs, fields, coaches' training, and the purchase of uniforms and equipment to encourage and maintain youth participation in the game. Grants are designed to be sufficiently flexible to enable applicants to address needs unique to their communities. The funds are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment.
ELIGIBILITY: BTF provides grants to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in both rural and urban communities.
AWARD: BTF awards an average of 40 grants per year totaling more than $1.5 million annually. The average grant amount is approximately $40,000.
DEADLINE: Grants are offered quarterly. Next deadline is July 1st, 2012.
FULL ANNOUNCEMENT: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/community/btf.jsp?content=about
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
National Endowment for the Humanities
SUMMARY: Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions - such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities - improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.
ELIGIBILITY: U.S. nonprofit organizations are eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply.
DEADLINE: May 1, 2012 (for projects beginning January 2013)
FULL ANNOUNCEMENT: http://neh.gov/grants/guidelines/PAG.html
SUMMARY: The AHS Foundation provides support for organizations providing services that relieve poverty, advance religion and education and provide innovative solutions to community issues.
ELIGIBILITY: This Foundation gives only to charitable non-profit organizations classified as tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) by the IRS. They do not give to individuals.
APPLICATION: Send a letter proposal with a brief description of the need for the grant and the intended use of funds to Thomas Wright, Secy.-Treas at c/o Lowry Hill, 6th and Marquette, Minneapolis, MN 55479. Grants are usually between $5,000-$40,000.
American Electric Power Foundation
SUMMARY: AEP supports non-profit organizations with a focus on improving quality of life. Whether targeting improvements in education or tackling the issues of hunger and homelessness, AEP's giving is meant to help non-profit organizations address and positively impact community life.
ELIGIBILITY: Must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt. No grants to individuals or to United Way agencies. No grants to religious, fraternal, service and veteran organizations except for non-sectarian social service activities available to the broader community, such as a senior center or a church-owned housing project. No grants to those with a purpose that is solely athletic in nature. (*This Foundation does not support projects or organizations outside their service area, i.e. southwest Ohio. Call to verify eligibility*)
Application: There is no formal application. Visit website for more information.
SUMMARY: This Foundation supports organizations serving the Greater Cincinnati area in the fields of interest: Civic, the arts, education, health, mental health, justice, environment, youth and community.
ELIGIBILITY: There are no limitations. Send no more than three pages of information.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Christine Heekin, 201 E Fifth Street, Suite 2200, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. 513.321.6999.
| CCR Meeting Spaces
We have some great meeting spaces available for reservation. Here are the spaces, their amenities and accommodations:The Community/Training Room
Accommodates: 50 people
Includes: large projector screen and sound system; kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, sink and serving counter; large whiteboard; internet access; and dedicated entrance.
The Board Room
Accommodates: 16 people at the table. Additional room for more chairs.
Includes: large plasma screen display; VCR/DVD hook-ups; and internet access.
Accommodates: 4 people at a high-top table.
Includes: internet access.
Accommodates: 2-3 people at and around the desk.
Includes: computer with Adobe Creative Suite software; and printer.
Non-CCR Members can rent rooms up to six months in advance for $150/day. CCR Members are able to reserve the meeting spaces based on the level of membership agreement. Check for availability of any of the rooms by going here and complete the following form to make a reservation.
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