The SGMP Link
Apr. 3, 2014

Lawmakers want to know more about feds' morale
Government Executive
The pay freeze, furloughs and last October's government shutdown have so deflated the federal workforce that it's time for Congress' watchdog agency to conduct a systematic probe of the impact on agency performance, according to three Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.More

Infographic: QuickMobile's snapshot No. 2 of a day in the life of a meeting planner
MeetingsNet QuickMobile created a three-part infographic on a day in the life of an event planner. As promised in last week's edition of The SGMP Link, here's part 2 — During an Event. More

Are you ready for your close-up in Portland?
In today's digital era, a professional headshot is most often the first impression you can make on a potential client, employer or business partner. Often referred to as the modern version of a handshake, a professional photograph is your key to being noticed in all the best ways. This year, SGMP's NEC photographer will be taking headshots in the expo hall during both days! You can take home a flash drive with your professional photos ready to add to your website, social media platform or marketing collateral. Each sitting costs only $20 and proceeds will be given to the SGMP Gilmer Institute of Learning's scholarship fund. For more information, contact Gil trustee Kimberly Forte at More

7 key trends emerging in the hospitality industry
Archita Datta Majumdar
The hospitality industry is growing steadily and surely, and the outlook is better than ever with new hotel and lodging businesses expanding the horizons every day. While 2012 saw an average addition of 30,000 new hospitality jobs per month, the figure rose to 55,000 per month in 2013. In many ways, 2014 is poised to bring far-reaching changes to the hospitality industry, and some of them have already been evident in first-quarter performances. Here is a quick glimpse at what is shaping the present and future of the hospitality industry.More

Government planners prepare for 2014 conference
Successful Meetings
The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) will host its annual education conference, the 2014 National Education Conference & Expo, May 6-8 in Portland, Ore. "This is the largest annual gathering of government meeting professionals and it is the place to be for our members to learn from the experts and to network with the key partners they need to succeed," SGMP Executive Director and CEO Rob Bergeron said in a statement.More

Could a student-run session or event benefit your meeting?
Associations Now
Cornell University lets its hotel school students plan and execute a weekend conference for leading hospitality professionals. What if your organization did something similar to engage those who are about to enter your industry?More

Report: 'The Future of Meetings in Hospitality'
"The Future of Meetings in Hospitality" looks at how wildly popular events such as the annual TED Conference, South by Southwest in Austin and Oracle's OpenWorld in San Francisco are beginning to influence the traditional meetings industry. The traditional breakout room lecture and theater-style ballroom seating configuration are not going anywhere. But there is a drive to supplant that with crowdsourced, co-created, hybrid events with mobility and technology driving the change. More

Travel hacks: Stay healthy while flying
We've escaped one of the worst flu seasons yet, but travelers still have to get from point A to point B for that board meeting and need to do so without catching the sniffles. How do you keep your health intact when trapped in an incubator for various microbial agents at 40,000 feet? It takes some careful thought and advanced planning, but our health experts dish on precautions you can take to keep the germs at bay.More

This is what an overhaul of the federal employee pay system could look like
Government Executive
The civil service system that governs the federal workforce is outdated and counterproductive, according a new report, and should be overhauled to improve hiring practices, reward top performers and create a more market-based pay structure. The current system is a "relic of a bygone era" that does not account for vast changes in the demographics of the federal workforce and the scope of its mission over the last several decades, the report by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton said.More

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Learn more about advertising in The SGMP Link through our media kit. By placing an ad in this brief, you can reach industry decision-makers on a weekly basis. The kit includes more information on our audience, benefits of advertising and ad prices. More

It's here, finally: Microsoft Office takes a freemium path to the iPad
Associations Now
The long wait is over, iPad users. In the four years since Apple's tablet device first fell into the public's hands, many had been wondering when (or if) Microsoft would bring its breadwinner Office platform to the device. For years, the company didn't — choosing instead to focus on its own Windows devices, including the Surface tablet. This was a strategic decision.More