Are You Keeping Your Fundraising Cause In Mind?

Fundraising can be a noble thing.  If you have a solid fundraising cause, it can provide great benefit. Raising money to cure or prevent disease, or to help people is great. But here at work, an ongoing fundraising campaign is missing the mark.

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Does your fundraising cause align with your strategy to raise money?

Missed The Mark On Fundraising

Our organization’s main fundraising event is to support a heart health walk.  Teams from different parts of the organizations walk to support heart health.  They raise money with pledges and fundraising activities.

The department in which I work has typically been one of the top teams in terms of raising money. We’re usually in the top three for the whole organization.  It’s pretty cool.

This year they decided they wanted to step it up.  So, in addition to gathering pledges, they’re also raising money by selling snacks.

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11 Tips To Excel At Work This Year

Have you set your goals for 2019 yet?  I’m sure everybody has at least some, right?  Do your goals include any that tie to your career?  Do you really have what it takes to excel at work?

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Truly show up and engage at meetings. This is one way to excel at work this year.

The Importance Of Success At Work

Success at your job is key to a happy and prosperous life, right?  Some will tell you that working less is the key to a longer life.  Others will say working additional years helps you live longer.  Whatever you believe, there’s one thing we can all agree on:  Being happy at work is important.  Happiness can come from being more productive.  Here are some tips to excel at work this year.

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I’ll Be Changing Companies But Not Jobs

Sometime in the next couple of months I’ll be working for a different company.  Yet, I’ll still be coming to the same place, going to the same desk, and performing the same job.  So, what gives?

Our work is being ‘insourced’.

I work for a health care provider.  Sometime in the early-to-mid 2000’s, they outsourced most of their IT functions between two different companies.  One company specialized in the infrastructure (network, servers, PC, phones), and the other was dedicated to the application systems that were used throughout the environment.

I work in infrastructure, and I started here in 2006. I was actually hired by that company in 2007, as it’s their standard practice to hire you first as a contractor before eventually bringing you on.  So, yes, for awhile I was essentially a contractor of a contractor.

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So Much For That Idea!

Last Wednesday, I posted all about how I wasn’t going to get a new laptop at work because it would make me see how old all of my other computers are.

So much for that idea.

That afternoon, one of the desktop guys was walking around, stopped by my desk and said ‘Oh, your new PC is ready.’

At first I thought they were reading Money Beagle and were somehow messing with me, but it turns out that they’re replacing all of the computers in the IT department that were of the same model I had.

So far, the new computer sucks!  It’s slower, heavier, and has less capabilities.


I wish.

The computer is awesome.  As I knew it would be!

Why I Haven’t Requested A New Work Laptop

When I started at my current job in July 2006, I was issued a brand new Dell laptop. It wasn’t top of the line but it was a middle of the road offering at the top.

In 2009, I got a memory upgrade which helped speed it along a little bit, though by that time, it was already starting to show it’s age.

mb-201105laptopNow, as it nears it’s five year ‘birthday’, I’m still sticking with it.  My employer doesn’t have a formal refresh program for the IT group, so you request a new computer when yours stops working or has problems.

I know that I would qualify for a refresh.  It’s gotten to that point where it takes about ten minutes from powering on to be able to do anything with it, and the support staff probably wouldn’t want to put the effort into re-imaging it.  The wireless network card works sporadically, and often times will hang various parts of the computer for about ten minutes at a time when turned on.  The corner of the case has a crack in it.  The battery wears out about every 18-24 months, and the current one is on its last legs.  In other words, to bring it back up to snuff probably wouldn’t be worth the cost, so there’s definitely justification in asking for a new one.

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Economies of Scale In The Shared Work Kitchen

As many of you surely do, I take advantage of the free coffee provided by my company in the shared kitchen.

One thing I don’t take advantage of is the powdered creamer.  I realized quite a while ago that:

  • It doesn’t taste good
  • It was probably giving me cancer (seriously, check out the ingredients list on that stuff….)

So, I started bringing in my own half and half.

I’ve noticed, over time, that others have started doing the same thing.  Luckily, we don’t have the problem that many offices have, where stuff gets stolen.  I usually write my name on the carton and I’ve never noticed it getting moved or an amount that would suggest that someone is taking what’s not their.

So, that’s good.

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