CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 09 - July 15, 2017)

Posted by Brianna Sturm on July 9, 2017

What makes you feel productive? One survey says happiness is the secret to more productivity.  Another survey says community management professionals are looking to be more productive by ditching spreadsheets and manual processes. Still another option may be to break up with your unproductive clients. Read all about it this week in Community Association Management.

And if you have another method that works for you, let us know in the comments below!

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!

Happiness Drives Productivity

Ever have those days where you're just feeling a bit down and can't seem to get anything accomplished? Ugh, the worst! Well turns out there is actually something behind this. If you feel crumby, its going to show in your output. "More specifically, I’m saying that happier people get more done, and get it done better than most. In fact, a 2015 study at the University of Warwick in the UK found that they’re precisely 12% more productive than the average individual." Check out the study here!

Ditching Spreadsheets

If you've been thinking of dropping spreadsheets for managing communities, you're not alone! A new survey reveals that 51 percent of community association software buyers are fed up with their manual processes and looking to make the switch. Learn about these and more results from the community association software buyer's survey!

Break-ups Are Never Easy

"Community managers are in high demand. Good ones, even more so. When you begin to sense that your commitment is not where it should be, have a discussion with your supervisor and/or board liaison. If you can talk it out, you may discover that you are valued and appreciated. They may be willing to make accommodations to keep you (increased pay, bonuses, more vacation time). If you decide that it is time to go, offer a realistic timeline for departing that will allow the community to find the “right fit”. Make yourself available for training, questions, and an amicable transition." 

Feeling Insecure?

"Every community experiences crime of one kind or another – whether it be vandalism, burglaries, or something more serious. According to an FBI report nearly 72% of burglaries took place in residential locations. When crime happens many homeowners ask the question — What can we do to make our community safer?" Read more here.

Effective Enforcement

"One of the biggest mistakes we see are boards making inconsistent rulings or being very lax with what their CC&Rs say. While it may seem easier to let some things slide, like ignoring people who leave garbage bins in their driveway against HOA rules, your board will lose its effectiveness unless you fairly enforce all rules for everyone. If this is a problem your board struggles with, here are five important enforcement guidelines to reference."

Do You Have Big News This Week?

If you've got big news that would be relevant to other CAM professionals, please share it with us in the comments below!

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