Good news, association friends: a recent survey of association managers indicates that finding and hiring staff is up! According to to a tidbit published in today’s Association Trends about the TRENDS Spring 2010 Association PULSE Report, 85.7% of executives found filling staff positions in the second half of 2009 to be an easy task.
We’ll be optimistic and hope that that means associations are starting to hire more staff and add more services.
So as new staff members come on board at associations across the country, having an easy-to-use association management software (AMS) system is more critical than ever for getting those staff up, running and adding value as quickly as possible.
In a shameless plug (with a little help from two of our most recent clients), here’s how Avectra can help.
There’s a Short Learning Curve
With any new system, “There’s always a time period where you’ll have some pain and suffering around the office as people learn to do things in a new way,” said Joan Menzer, director of member services at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). “But with netFORUM Pro, that period was much shorter than it would have been with a different system.”
- A Familiar Interface: “netFORUM Pro is very user-friendly, and the interface looks very much like what we’re used to seeing on our desktops everyday in Microsoft Office products,” said Menzer. “Our first impression was that this is something that everyone in our office could use, understand very easily, and not be intimidated by.”
- User Accessibility: “Knowing we were expanding our office staff, we didn’t want to have to hire someone that specialized in database management,” said Justin Apel, assistant executive director for the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA). With netFORUM, raw data is translated into reports, queries and dashboard metrics that association staff at all levels can use to make informed business decisions (no database expertise needed!)
- Convenient Training: Not only did Apel find Avectra’s netFORUM to be user-friendly, but with Avectra’s complete array of free Web-based resources – including regular live webinars, recorded webinars, online help, ‘Tip of the Week’ e-mails and access to user groups – help is always at his fingertips. “netFORUM definitely makes life easier,” he said.
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