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  • July 1, 2006

    Avian Flu: Making a Plan

    News about avian flu and other potential pandemic diseases have whole governments worried about what long-term absenteeism might do to businesses and to the global economy. But for workplaces like police departments, hospitals, and animal shelters, where people provide care and vital services to living creatures, finding answers to the questions is even more critical.

  • July 1, 2005

    What’s the Diagnosis?

    New evaluation program aims to help shelters improve staff retention and morale.

  • March 1, 2005

    This Card Can Be a Lifesaver

    Animal care and control officers who receive membership cards when they join the Kansas Animal Control Association will find more than simple proof that they're members'those cards contain information that could possibly save a life.

  • March 1, 2005

    Animal Caregiver Job Description

    Only when employees have a clear understanding of their responsibilities and their place in the staff hierarchy can they perform well and enjoy their jobs. This comprehensive job description for "Animal Caregiver Level 1" at Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo, California, spells out the organization's vision, provides pertinent details about the position, and lists the duties required of the employee.

  • January 1, 2005

    Slowing the Revolving Door: Strategies for Improving Staff Retention, Part 2

    This second of two articles on staff retention investigates the benefits of ensuring a support network for staff and the importance of providing training and opportunities for advancement.

  • January 1, 2005

    Workplace Culture Agreement

    The road to a healthy work environment can start with a simple document that describes the ideal interactions among staff.

  • November 1, 2003

    ShelterSpeak: Motivating Staff and Preventing Burnout

    Members of The HSUS's National Companion Animal Advisory Group discuss how they keep their staff motivated and prevent burnout.

  • March 1, 2003

    ShelterSpeak: Difficult Economic Times

    Has your organization made any changes in operations as a result of the ailing economy? Have you had to reduce any of your services? What would your advice be for readers dealing with difficult economic times?

  • January 1, 2003

    Creating Interview Questions from Resumes

    Resumes can be a great source of open-ended questions that will help you learn more about applicants than their resumes reveal.

  • January 1, 2003

    From Hawking Gin to Helping Critters—My First Job Interview with an Animal Shelter

    The HSUS's Martha Armstrong reflects on the "science" of of attracting, hiring, and keeping qualified, motivated, and caring personnel.

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