CivicPlus Blog

Don’t Be Afraid to Implement Human Resources Technology (HRIS)

Posted by CivicPlus

Oct 31, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Halloween isn't the only thing that's right around the corner. It’s also the time that HR professionals brace themselves for the spooky "end of quarter budget wrap-up" that lies just on the cusp of the upcoming hiring frenzy. Yes, it's a special time of year and the CivicHR team feels your pain.

No doubt you’ve been watching webinars, hopefully demoing products, reading white papers, and attending conferences advocating the benefits of HR technology. For some HR professionals, there is nothing more frightening than HR Tech. Even a tickle fight with Freddy, Jason, Chucky, and any of today’s modern horror movie villains would be more preferable than installing a new piece of software.

We’re here to assure you that you have nothing to fear.

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Topics: CivicHR, HRIS

SendSmarts: Creating an e-newsletter doesn’t have to be scary

Posted by Lesli Keister

Oct 30, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Producing your newsletter doesn't have to be a monumental task.

First, decide on the frequency of publication. This is based on how much time you have to do the work. Publishing it monthly or quarterly is probably a comfortable pace for both you and your readers.

Next, create an inviting design for your layout. You can use one of the templates available online or, even easier, customize a CivicSend template. CivicSend will walk you step by step through the process.

Now, let's talk content. Concentrate on topics that your readers will be interested in. Try to use real-life stories, engaging content, and shared interests.

Once you're all set to publish, here are six quick tricks to make getting started a real treat for both you and your readers. (Get it? Tricks & Treats!)

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Topics: SendSmarts, Email Marketing, CivicSend

How Objective PM Systems Impact Employee Growth & Performance

Posted by CivicPlus

Oct 29, 2014 10:30:00 AM

In business situations, employees and managers often have a poor attitude about the topic of employee performance management, because they don’t see the value that can be gained through a quality performance management system. They view the performance management process as a necessary event that needs to be completed, and it often is obligatory and rushed in order to get it done at the end of the year. These attitudes can impact the performance management discussion, resulting in a strained conversation and discomfort for both the manager and the employee.

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Topics: CivicHR, performance management

Emergency Preparedness Doesn’t Need to be Scary

Posted by Lesli Keister

Oct 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Kansas Names October Zombie Preparedness Month

The state’s goal is to create a lighthearted and engaging way for residents to prepare for emergencies. Can't you hear the movie trailer now...

No one knows where or how it began. It changes people into something entirely unrecognizable. There's no cure. There's no stopping it. People are stunned and unsure about their next move. As supplies run short, crippled governments begin to fail. The zombie apocalypse is here. Are you prepared?

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Topics: CivicReady, Emergency Preparedness

Introducing SendSmarts – Your Go-to Digital Engagement Resource

Posted by Lesli Keister

Oct 24, 2014 9:30:00 AM

In addition to the many hats you wear, did you realize you're a content marketer? A email marketing specialist? A digital marketer?

Well, if you're creating and sending digital messages that you hope citizens will interact with… you are! And that's why you won’t want to miss your weekly dose of SendSmarts, a new weekly feature on our blog.

How are savvy digital marketers tapping email to boost loyalty, drive traffic to online and offline channels, leverage social networks, and more?

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Topics: SendSmarts, Email Marketing, CivicSend

CivicPlus Client Achieves 140 Percent Web Traffic Gain

Posted by CivicPlus

Oct 23, 2014 1:38:00 PM

The CivicPlus Guarantee Promises a 50 Percent Increase in Online Citizen Participation 

We couldn't be more thrilled to announce an overwhelmingly successful guarantee delivery on West Chester, Pa.’s new municipal website.

The site went live on Aug. 6, 2014, and soon began drawing increased web traffic, with average daily visits doubling the previous average, and several days seeing more than four times the previous average.

Prior to launching the new website, West Chester recorded an average of 11,139 site visits each month. After launch, their CivicPlus-powered website drew 26,717 visits in a single month – an increase of nearly 140 percent.

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Top 10 reasons FutureBound is THE event for #localgov leaders!

Posted by Lesli Keister

Oct 10, 2014 9:30:00 AM


In a few short weeks, Wednesday, Oct. 29, Kansas City is the place to be if you are a community leader... a visionary... a hero of citizen engagement... or simply someone who cares about the future of local government.

FutureBound promises to be a day filled with future-focused speakers, seminars, live demonstrations, and thought-provoking e-government presentations.

Here's our Top 10 list for why every Midwest local leader should reserve their seat today:

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Topics: digital community engagement, eGovernment, civic engagement, FutureBound,

I Do It Locally: Former NFL Player Helps At-Risk Kids

Posted by CivicPlus

Oct 3, 2014 10:00:00 AM

I am…
Mac Stephens grew up in Akron, Ohio and attended the Univeristy of Minnesota on a football scholarship. He played briefly in the NFL for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings before moving to Euclid, Ohio in 1992.

Mac began volunteering as a coach and later took a post as Director of Recreation for the City of Euclid. He also serves as an assistant coach at Euclid High School, a trustee at Living Waters Church of God, B.T.S. (a nonprofit helping at risk kids), and as a mentor to numerous kids in the Euclid community.

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Topics: I Do It Locally, citizen engagement

Kansas City here we come... Get FutureBound with CivicPlus!

Posted by Lesli Keister

Sep 30, 2014 1:47:37 PM

Would you like to:

  • Attend a one-day event where government thought-leaders come together to discuss the future of local government?
  • Get a glimpse of new technologies that will make communication easier?
  • Get inspired with new ideas for citizen engagement?
  • Receive valuable training from e-gov experts?
  • All with no cost involved?

If so, reserve your seat today for FutureBound 2014 in Kansas City on Wednesday, Oct. 29

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Topics: digital community engagement, eGovernment, civic engagement, FutureBound,

Does Your State Have an Open Meeting Law?

Posted by Lesli Keister

Sep 17, 2014 10:57:04 AM


Local government leaders in the state of Vermont have a new law to follow as of July 1, 2014.

In developing a tip sheet to help our Vermont clients understand the requirements, we realized that many other states have very similar statutes to the Open Meeting Law. In the interest of government transparency, a common requirement of these laws is use of your local government website to keep citizens informed. Are you complying?

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Topics: local government websites, Best Practices, transparency

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