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Why Waking Up at 5 A.M. Every Day Just Makes Sense
Advancement Weekly Article Waking up early builds discipline, helps increase productivity and allows for personal time to develop a perspective on the coming day, according to one tech entrepreneur.

CURRENTS Article Advice on how to respond to inappropriate comments from donors; and tricks to digitally unplug.

Family Matters
CURRENTS Article For busy advancement officers, the line between their professional and personal lives blurs easily and often. Alumni relations staff frequently work evenings and weekends; development officers can travel several times a month to visit donors; social media directors monitor, respond, and post content 24/7. In a recent work-life balance survey, 68 percent of advancement professionals reported working 45 hours or more per week, and 30 percent said that work often interferes with their personal lives. These unpredictable schedules can take a toll on families. So how can you align your personal and professional relationships in a healthy way? Here's how to stay married to your partner and not wedded to your job.

Communications Challenges Made Easier for Nonprofits in 2016
Article,  BriefCASE Article Communications teams in the nonprofit sector have improved in 2016, according to the nonprofit communications trends report.

The Delicate Work-Life Balance
Article,  BriefCASE Article Busy advancement officers often find the line between their professional and personal lives blur. But even with long hours, the most committed staff must take time for themselves.

Stay Motivated and Work From Home
Advancement Weekly Article While telecommuting is fairly common in the workplace, many telecommuters find themselves missing the social and productive office environment. According to one workplace expert, you can still stay productive while working from home.

Is Your Work Stress Real?
Advancement Weekly Article A recent study shows that workplace stress is becoming more and more common, and that employees blame their tension on too much work or too little time in the day. However, one workplace expert believes there is a different reason why employees feel stressed at work.

Set Boundaries and Disconnect on Vacation
Advancement Weekly Article If you aren’t leaving your work at the office when you go on vacation, you could be losing more than your sanity. According to one business writer, not only is it important for employees to take vacation, but they must also disconnect and recharge while they are away.

Helping Employees Find Work-Life Balance
Advancement Weekly Article Employees who work at organizations that embrace workplace flexibility are more likely to succeed and stay productive, writes one digital consultant. But with technology that allows employees to work remotely at any time of day, many staff have trouble separating work and personal time.

Be a Better Manager… By Sleeping?
Advancement Weekly Article The link between leadership and a good night's sleep is clear. It's more important than ever that managers focus on their sleep habits (and encourage team members to do the same), write two professionals.

Try These Quick and Easy Exercises to Relax at Work
Advancement Weekly Article Stressed out managers and workers can relax in the office by practicing simple mindfulness exercises, writes an authority on stress management.

Encourage Employees to Take Vacations
Advancement Weekly Article Managers should ensure that their employees feel comfortable taking vacation time, writes a human resources specialist.

Learn and Speak Up About Mental Illness
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders have an obligation to look out for their employees’ mental health, writes an executive coach.

Plan Vacation Time Wisely
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders need to plan ahead and take time off between critical projects to enjoy a restful vacation, writes an executive coach.

Look for Signs of Work Weariness
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Workers who have difficulty sleeping and don’t eat or exercise enough may be headed for burnout, writes an expert on work-life balance.

Tips to Find Work-Life Balance
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can improve their work-life balance by scheduling their next-day activities the night before and taking time off when they feel burned out, writes a leadership expert.

Stop Work from Overtaking Employees' Lives
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Bosses can help their staff achieve work-life balance by teaching them to focus on priorities and avoid common distractions, writes one expert on workplace culture.

Stay Mindful at Work
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Workers should practice mindfulness tactics, such as taking a deep breath before meetings, to reduce stress, writes an organizational psychologist.

Recover from Workaholism
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Some leaders may not recognize themselves as workaholics, especially if they’re so consumed by work that they don’t allow time for reflection, says a time management specialist.

Habits Successful People Avoid After Hours
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can reduce their stress levels by planning some downtime before they go home, say time management experts.

Plan Ahead to Enjoy Time Away from the Office
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article People who don’t adequately prepare to take a vacation could return to work feeling stressed, says a time management expert.

Evade Second-Hand Stress
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Simply being near a colleague who is stressed can trigger the stress response of others in the office, says a psychologist.

The Consequences of Working Overtime
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Spending too much time at work can hurt a leader’s personal life and professional career, says a time management guru.

Scientifically Verified Ways to De-Stress
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Social scientists have identified some simple, proven ways to reduce stress at work.

Suggestions for Creating Work-Life Balance
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders who work all the time—and don’t prioritize their personal happiness and mental health—will likely not achieve the professional success they’ve envisioned, says a time management expert.

Meditation Creates Self-Aware Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Meditation can help managers understand themselves and their coworkers better, says a business school professor.

Managers Often Unaware of What Stresses Workers
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article A new survey shows distinct differences in how employers and employees view stress in the workplace.

To De-stress at Work, Accept What You Cannot Change
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The key for managers and their employees to manage workplace stress is for them to understand what they can control, says a career coach.

Advancement’s Work Is Never Done
CURRENTS Article Worker burnout is one of the lingering side effects of the Great Recession as organizations continue do more with less. Advancement is no exception. Development consultant Karen Osborne shares work-life balancing strategies that vice presidents and foundation leaders use, or should use, to manage their time and minimize staff and volunteer fatigue.

Take a Vacation the Right Way
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can make the most of their time off by ensuring it is restorative, according to research.

Odd and Ends: Working with Words
CURRENTS Article This is a Q-and-A column with Will Shortz, crossword editor of The New York Times and NPR puzzle master.

Why Hiring Workaholics Doesn't Pay
Advancement Weekly Article Managers shouldn’t want workaholics for employees, says a leadership expert who warns that the disadvantages of having work-obsessed employees far outweigh the benefits.

Build an Anti-Stress Arsenal
Advancement Weekly Article Managers may not always have control over the demands of their job, but they do have control over themselves and their immediate surroundings.

Don't Let Email Ruin Your Holiday Break
Advancement Weekly Article The holiday break is almost here for many managers. Now is the time to establish an email strategy for the upcoming break.

How to Come Back from Vacation
Advancement Weekly Article Rushing back to work can negate the benefits of vacation. Here are some tips to help you manage the transition from beach to campus.

Etiquette for Eating at Your Desk
Advancement Weekly Article More managers and their employees are eating at their desks to stay productive. It could be good for office efficiency, but is it driving your co-workers crazy?

Acto de equilibrio
CURRENTS Article Este artículo analiza los esfuerzos que colegios, universidad y escuelas independientes han hecho para ayudar a sus empleados a lograr un equilibrio entre su vida y el trabajo, y de cómo los esfuerzos se han expandido de tal forma que han incluido áreas de salud y bienestar dentro de las instituciones. También se analizan las dificultades que siguen existiendo en la implementación de programas, incluyendo el cambio de mentalidad para darse cuenta de que no llevar un equilibrio entre la vida y el trabajo afecta a todos. El artículo incluye los resultados del “2011 CASE Compensation Survey regarding benefits offered at respondents' institutions.”

Balancing Act
CURRENTS Article This article looks at the efforts that colleges, universities, and independent schools have made to help employees improve their work-life balance, how advancement employees see the issue in general as well as within their respective institutions, and how efforts have expanded to include areas such as health and wellness. It also examines what challenges remain in implementing programs, including changing the mindset to realize that work-life balance issues affect everyone. The article includes results from the 2011 CASE Compensation Survey regarding benefits offered at respondents' institutions.

Career Path: The Mommy Track
CURRENTS Article A director of university relations finds a better fit at her institution when the birth of her second child makes her want to slow the pace a bit.

Work in Progress: Get on Top of Your Work Stress
CURRENTS Article Work stress builds, and before you know it you're experiencing health problems and job burnout. The good news is that you don't have to spend hours in the gym. The article describes stretches you can do at your desk in a few minutes and reap the benefits.

Manager's Portfolio: Defeating "Overwhelm"
CURRENTS Article Everyone seems to be suffering from a daily feeling of being overwhelmed. We feel overwhelmed when we do too much, too fast. This article provides tips on how to say “no” and keep firm boundaries because none of us are superman or superwoman.

Career Path: Feel the Burnout
CURRENTS Article No employee is immune to burnout, an occupational hazard that can threaten the mental and physical health of employees at every level, within every advancement office, and at every type of institution. This column, an adaptation of Audiovision’s “Easy 1” information guide, “Burnout & Job-stress,” identifies the conditions that cause burnout--among them work overload and unfair treatment--and suggests simple strategies workers can employ to minimize their job stress and prevent burnout.

Career Path: Partners in Time
CURRENTS Article This column examines life in a dual-CAO household--the challenges, the benefits, and the strategies working parents in advancement must employ to maintain a work-life balance. The author reflects on his relationship with his wife, also a chief advancement officer, and explains how they have leveraged their life partnership into a business partnership. He also discusses some of the challenges they have faced and how they keep their family life front and center.

Closing Remarks: Married to the Job
CURRENTS Article Collins reflects on the ups and downs of being married to another advancement officer.

Closing Remarks: Feng Shui at Work
CURRENTS Article A former CASE board member tells how rearranging her office helped her reassess her professional goals.

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