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Ravings of a Mad Printer…..Dealing with Illness in the Workplace

By: John Sarantakos, February 2017

This is an incredibly difficult topic to discuss and deal with inside your workplace. Let’s face it, people get sick and I’m not just talking about the flu. Real life, down and dirty, crappy kind of sick. Whether it is an employee, one of their family members or even yourself. It happens. The ripples created will affect everyone within your work group.
If you have been a manager for any length of time, you have probably had to deal with this exact situation. It is personal and upsetting. Yet we must actively make decisions and take actions that will lead the “business” forward, while not marginalizing or minimizing the personal aspect. Compassion has to be the center piece. But what happens when we must choose a direction that is contrary to a person that is suffering? A perfect example would be a staff member that has been on FLMA for the allotted 12 weeks. They perform a critical job and their absence has put a huge stress on the operation. Overtime and missed deadlines are just a few of the issues. So, do you exercise your rights as an employer and fill the position? Do you limp along and hope the person returns soon? What if that person is you?
I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Stage one, very treatable. Will it kill me? No, but only because I’m too damn mean. Can it be deadly? Sure it can. Does every man that has ever lived have or will have prostate cancer? Yes, it is just that most don’t know it and almost all die of something else before it ever shows up on a test. My doctor told me that if men lived to be 150, we would all eventually develop this type of cancer. This statement is not to minimize the disease because it can be deadly if left unchecked.
I am telling you this not because I want sympathy. Although I will readily accept any prayers directed my direction. I wanted to emphasis a point; anyone’s life can change in an instant. Even your own and how will you “manage” it?
There is no prescribed method or set of rules to follow. Each person must look deeply into themselves and choose a course of action that they can live with and still allow the work to continue. The reality is that sometime the two don’t mesh. Difficult decisions wouldn’t be called difficult if they were easy.
Whether your work group is five or fifty strong, long term illnesses have an impact. At some point the “whole” begins to suffer and while it sounds heartless, you have to do what is best for your company and your employees. Can one person becoming ill jeopardize your operation? Maybe and maybe not. Everyone has a different situation. The only truth is that you can’t plan for anything like this.
That, my friends, is called management.
Postscript: As of May 4th I have completed my treatment. After 44 sessions and 3000 driving miles, I can rest easy and not worry, at least about this type of cancer. I want to thank my wonderful staff for handling my absences flawlessly and the administration for their complete support. I want to especially thank my family and the special people at ProCure Oklahoma City for their caring and supportive treatment. I had the opportunity to meet many people from around the world and several young children that were facing much worse situations than myself. These kids are the real hero’s in my book. All the folks had a special story to tell. Knowing that you are not making a fresh path, but walking one that many others have taken is very comforting.

2017 IPMA AWARD WINNERS

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

May 19, 2017>Mike Loyd, IPMA Executive Director Kearney (MO)-The In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of the IPMA Awards. The award winners will be honored at the annual conference, June 11-14, 2017, in Pittsburgh, PA. Print Center of the Year Award> Bloomberg Ink Purpose: To recognize a corporate publishing operation that excels in efficient management practices in furthering the objectives of the parent company. While contributions of individual managers are important, this award judges and recognizes the efforts of the entire in-house staff Mail Center of the Year Award> East Tennessee State University   Purpose: To recognize an entire corporate mail center for outstanding improvements to processes and procedures related to mail and mail handling   Print Innovation Award> Deer Valley Unified School District Purpose: To recognize an organization that has shown creative and innovative ways to improve a process or business model unique to its organization. This may be technology, customer or process driven. Organizational Impact Award> The World Bank Purpose: To recognize a corporate print/mail center for outstanding contributions related to non-production activities within the parent organization.   In-house Promotional Excellence Award> Navy Federal Credit Union Purpose: To recognize excellence in promotional vehicles and/or campaigns developed by and used to promote an in-house corporate publishing facility.   Outstanding Contributor> Bob Neubauer, Editor, In-Plant Graphics Magazine Outstanding Contributor> Richard Silver, Manager, George Fox University Purpose: To recognize an IPMA member or supporter in good standing for at least six months who has  demonstrated dedication and support to the association and made positive contributions throughout calendar year. Congratulations to all the award winners, along with all those who entered the competition!   IPMA is the largest association of in-plant printing and mailing professionals. We boast more than 650 members in all segments-higher education, K-12, government, manufacturing, finance, insurance, faith-based, corporate and health care. Our members are both national and international. IPMA offers its members:   A competitive-free environment to exchange ideas and offer solutions Access to the largest concentration of best-in-class managers and industry experts Professional resources that speak directly to an in-plant’s needs Outstanding educational programs with an in-house perspective.Please visit www.ipma.org for more...

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Ravings of a Mad Printer…..Dealing with Illness in the Workplace

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Blogs, News, The Ramblings of a Mad Printer | 0 comments

By: John Sarantakos, February 2017 This is an incredibly difficult topic to discuss and deal with inside your workplace. Let’s face it, people get sick and I’m not just talking about the flu. Real life, down and dirty, crappy kind of sick. Whether it is an employee, one of their family members or even yourself. It happens. The ripples created will affect everyone within your work group. If you have been a manager for any length of time, you have probably had to deal with this exact situation. It is personal and upsetting. Yet we must actively make decisions and take actions that will lead the “business” forward, while not marginalizing or minimizing the personal aspect. Compassion has to be the center piece. But what happens when we must choose a direction that is contrary to a person that is suffering? A perfect example would be a staff member that has been on FLMA for the allotted 12 weeks. They perform a critical job and their absence has put a huge stress on the operation. Overtime and missed deadlines are just a few of the issues. So, do you exercise your rights as an employer and fill the position? Do you limp along and hope the person returns soon? What if that person is you? I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Stage one, very treatable. Will it kill me? No, but only because I’m too damn mean. Can it be deadly? Sure it can. Does every man that has ever lived have or will have prostate cancer? Yes, it is just that most don’t know it and almost all die of something else before it ever shows up on a test. My doctor told me that if men lived to be 150, we would all eventually develop this type of cancer. This statement is not to minimize the disease because it can be deadly if left unchecked. I am telling you this not because I want sympathy. Although I will readily accept any prayers directed my direction. I wanted to emphasis a point; anyone’s life can change in an instant. Even your own and how will you “manage” it? There is no prescribed method or set of rules to follow. Each person must look deeply into themselves and choose a course of action that they can live with and still allow the work to continue. The reality is that sometime the two don’t mesh. Difficult decisions wouldn’t be called difficult if they were easy. Whether your work group is five or fifty strong, long term illnesses have an impact. At some point the “whole” begins to suffer and while it sounds heartless, you have to do what is best for your company and your employees. Can one person becoming ill jeopardize your operation? Maybe and maybe not. Everyone has a different situation. The only truth is that you can’t plan for anything like this. That, my friends, is called management. Postscript: As of May 4th I have completed my treatment. After 44 sessions and 3000 driving miles, I can rest easy and not worry, at least about this type of cancer. I want to thank my wonderful staff for handling my absences flawlessly and the administration for their complete support. I want to especially thank my family and...

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2017 In-Print Awards

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Blogs, News | 0 comments

Monday, March 20, 2017, IPMA & InPlant Graphics Magazine, represented by Bob Neubauer, came together for the judging of over 400 entries received for the 2017 InPrint Awards Contest.  Judging began at 8:00 AM and continued throughout the day finishing at 6:00 PM. IPMA & IPG would like to thank the award judges for their time and expertise in printing for making this possible: Front left to right: Nathan Thole – Iowa State University, Marcia Doll – University of Missouri(retired), moderator Bob Neubauer – IPG, Paul Ackerman – Blue Valley USD#229.  Back left to right: Ben Fowler – Shelter Insurance Companies, alternate judge/photographer, Larry Clements – Redlands Community College, Chris Donlon – Kohler Company Of the 415 entries received, 65 received Gold, Silver or Bronze awards. There were 33 different in-plant winners.  University of Texas at Austin won seven awards making them the top winners of the day.  University of Oklahoma received six awards coming in second.  Congratulations to a new face in the top three, Bloomberg LP are receiving five awards in 2017. All of the 2017 IPMA / IPG InPrint Award Contest winners will be announced once we have checked, double checked and confirm our...

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IPMA CGCM/CMM CERTIFICATION

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in News | 0 comments

IPMA’s Certification Program includes The Certified Graphic Communications Manager and Certified Mail Manager programs. These tests will provide an opportunity to gauge your knowledge and provide you with an industry recognized certification. These types of certifications can help reinforce your position with in your organization and provide CEU credits for advancement. The CGCM and CMM tests are constantly being updated to stay current with technologies and processes. Join the elite group of the Franklin Stamp and Ink Society, whose 55 members have completed the exam. These are the industry leaders of today and tomorrow....

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JAMES M BRAHNEY SCHOLARSHIP

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Blogs, News | 0 comments

The Brahney Scholarship presented annually by InPlant Printing and Mailing Association is in memory of James M. Brahney, a founder of IPMA and its first international president. This scholarship serves to promote education in the field of in-house print, mail, and management. Applications for the James M. Brahney Scholarship are now being accepted. The Scholarship is available to an IPMA member, child, or grandchild of a member who wants to advance his/her education related to Graphic Arts, Printing, Design or Mailing. A Scholarship is also available to help members defray a portion of the registration fee for IPMA 2017 Educational Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. You are encouraged to include any additional information/materials that may be helpful to the judges when making their decision. All entries must include the official entry form and...

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The World Bank – IPMA 2017 In-Plant Awareness Month

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Blogs, News | 0 comments

Our team members are the “unsung heroes” at The World Bank. We’ve served behind the scenes and our contribution often goes unmentioned. In support of the institution’s mission of ending poverty and sharing prosperity, our function is vital in the transformation of the world. In that sense, the awareness month campaign is a self-driven initiative to look back on our past, to reinstate our position, and to remind our colleagues of our importance. As a first step, the team in Printing & Multimedia division conceptualized what our clients should know about us. As a central theme of the awareness campaign, we want to remind our colleagues that what we do best is storytelling. The message “we help tell your story” is concise, direct and clear. It is imprinted on various marketing materials that are strategically placed in high traffic areas of the World Bank Group headquarters. All available communication channels such as lobby posters, digital displays, cafeteria table tent cards, intranet, and internal social media sites are utilized to broadcast the message. In support of the campaign effort, we are publishing a series of stories, each from a different areas of the Printing & Multimedia unit. These stories inform and educate our colleagues about the services each team offers and are being published across our intranet websites. Our goal is to inspire our clients and provide over-all dialogue of a more effective and effortless communication. In the spirit of raising awareness, we are providing tours of our production facility in Landover Maryland. The tour will showcase our capabilities, entertain our clients and provide an opportunity for our clients to see actual printing production processes in action. Our services are indispensable for creating and sharing developmental knowledge in support of the Bank’s mission. Our efforts are remarkable and definitely worthy of notice. Collectively, we have engaged in a comprehensive awareness campaign to make our presence widely known during the IPMA awareness month. Our goal is bring awareness to the value our team provides and kindle mutual appreciation with our colleagues, inspire stakeholders, and always, foster our relationships. We would like to extend a big thanks to IPMA and its community for the mutual support and motivation! Diane Kim Business Development Officer...

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IPMA Awards by Richard Beto, University of Texas at Austin

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Blogs, News | 0 comments

Since becoming an IPMA member, Document Solutions has received 38 awards in 10 consecutive years. In addition to the 34 awards for printing excellence, we have received the In-House Promotional Excellence award in 2010 and 2011. Additionally, Document Solutions received the 2013 award for Mail Center of the Year and the 2015 award for Print Center of the Year. Trust is the single most important element in any relationship and the IPMA awards signify to our customers their orders are entrusted to the best craftsmen and craftswomen in our industry. These noteworthy awards represent the contributions, pride in ownership and hard work of our Document Solutions staff and you will find them celebrated on the web pages of Document Solutions and our Vice President. The awards themselves are prominently displayed in our lobby for visitors to see the recognition we have received for our demonstrated commitment to excellence. Additionally, the awards are a component of our marketing efforts to those potential customers who may not be otherwise aware of our talented employees.   Richard F. Beto Director of Document Services University of Texas at Austin For more...

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LA Roadshow Great Success!!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Blogs, News | 0 comments

Church of Scientology opened their doors Tuesday, February 7, 2017, to welcome near 100 in-plant managers and others in the printing industry. Church of Scientology’s Jud Posner, Pressroom Manager, along with Angela Furness, Production Manager, extended their hand of hospitality to all. They talked about the birth of their operation almost eight years ago. To read further please see article by Bob Neubauer of In-Plant Graphics   “2nd largest in-plant event of the year. Pittsburgh of course will be #1” – John Sarantakos, University of...

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IPMA 2017 PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in News, Video Slider | 0 comments

IPMA 2017 PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA CITY FACTS Pittsburgh is One of the Best Places in the World to Visit in 2013! Welcome to one of the country’s most delightful surprises. No longer the dirty steel town of old, Pittsburgh is now a true renaissance city. A city of modern cathedrals and Old World, neighborly charms, filled with high-tech companies, friendly faces, fun and adventure! Was recently named one of the top 10 most beautiful places in America by USA Today Weekend magazine. MORE PITTSBURGH INFORMATION...

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