Forty percent of American workers will leave vacation days on the table, sacrificing their health and well-being and adopting a “work martyr complex” to demonstrate their value, according to a new survey by the U.S. Travel Association. Fear of being replaced and work piling up coupled with a lack of employer support and communication is keeping Americans from using their earned paid time off. “Use it or lose it” policies are a great motivator to get workers to take vacation: five of six workers with such a policy plan to use all their PTO in 2014, while 48 percent of workers who can roll over, bank or be paid out for their unused PTO plan to use all of it. But only one quarter of workers report that their employers have a “Use it or Lose it” policy.
The number of small-business owners who report they reduced their workforce in the past 12 months was just 19 percent, the lowest it's been in nearly six years, according to the National Small Business Association 2014 Mid-Year Economic Report. Other findings: three-in-four small firms report they either increased employee compensation in the past year, or plan to do so in the coming year. Also, 72 percent of small-business owners expressed confidence about the future of their business, up from 66 percent six months ago. But one-in-three anticipate no growth opportunities for their firms in the coming year.
National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith will deliver a keynote address at the 39th annual Conclave Learning Conference, Nov. 15 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Airport in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Broadcasters Association is partnering with NAB on the event.
Meeting Professionals International Foundation recently raised more than $170,000 during MPI’s 2014 World Education Congress, setting a new record for the most money raised at an MPI conference. The funds will go towards the MPI Foundation Education Endowment, which provides chapter grants and scholarships to MPI members.
International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, sponsored by the New York Restaurant Association, moved the dates for the show by one week to March 8-10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
The Magicians of Main Street is a new book on the history of chambers of commerce in the U.S. The book describes how voluntary groups of business people, even before the American Revolution, changed not only their local economies but often their society. Author Chris Mead, SVP at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, describes how chambers affected the nation’s finance and currency, public health, transportation, public works, local government, education, and cultural life. The book is available from John Cruger Press via Amazon for $29.95.
Experient, a meeting and event solutions provider, hosted the sixth annual Pack for Impact event in Denver in July, and raised $7,180 for Food Bank of the Rockies' Kids Cafe program and Totes of Hope - Children. These programs serve balanced meals to children throughout the Denver metro community. Every Friday, the Food Bank sends the children participating in Totes of Hope home with a pack of food so they will have something to eat over the weekend.
The Raiser’s Edge, Blackbaud’s market-leading fundraising and donor management solution, has been fully integrated with Target Analytics ResearchPoint, our cloud-based prospect research solution. Raiser’s Edge customers can now leverage contact information, relationships and screening results across both systems – and seamlessly apply that data within their day-to-day fundraising process.
Chicago surpassed the one million mark for occupied hotel rooms in July. This is the first time in the city’s history that more than one million rooms have been sold in a single month, according to Choose Chicago, the city’s CVB. Total room demand for July was up 1.4 percent to a record 1,004,557 room nights.
Oklahoma City CVB launched a new creative campaign, including a new logo, hashtag and advertising. The tagline is "OKC-ing is Believing,” and the hashtag is #SeeOKC.
National Restaurant Association was a bronze winner in the 35th annual Telly Awards for its best practices training DVD, “Being Social Media Smart.” The DVD was released earlier this year as part of a three-disc set of tips on tough issues for restaurant operators. Being Social Media Smart explains how social media platforms can allow private information to quickly become public, and that employees must know how to be responsible when representing themselves or their companies on those platforms.