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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.

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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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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Letter from IPMA President, Dwayne Magee

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Blogs | 0 comments

From: Dwayne Magee, President Elect, IPMA Date: January 31, 2017 Subject: IPMA Election Results Dear IPMA Member, Thank you for casting your votes with regards to the IPMA 2017 election for the two open board positions. Congratulations to Sherri Isbell, International President Elect and Linda Winn, Member-at-Large. This election serves as affirmation of the esteem your colleagues hold for you as leaders. Each candidate deserves credit for stepping up to take part in the work of serving our in-plant community and each candidate has clearly demonstrated a strong commitment to IPMA. As such, I am additionally glad to announce that Mike O’Hara has agreed to accept the board position of Member Representative which will be vacated as Sherri steps into her new role. With that, I hope to see you all in Pittsburgh in June or perhaps sooner at one of our 2 remaining Road Shows. Here now is your 2017 IPMA leadership team: Staff • Mike Loyd, Executive Director • Jennifer Chambers, Executive Assistant • Amy Banker, Membership Sales Coordinator Board of Directors • John Sarantakos, Director of Printing, Mailing and Document Services, University of Oklahoma, IPMA International Past President • Tammy Golden, Assistant Commissioner of Communication, Publishing and Distribution, Department of General Services for the State of Tennessee, IPMA Secretary/Treasurer • Tim Hendrix, State Printer, State Of Oregon Publishing & Distribution, IPMA Vendor Representative • Sherri Isbell, Assistant Director, University of Oklahoma, IPMA International President Elect • Mike O’Hara, Manager of the Central Services Department at Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators, Salt Lake City Utah, IPMA Membership Representative • Linda Winn, Manager of Document Services and Printing for Shelter Insurance Companies in Columbia Missouri, IPMA Member at Large • Dwayne Magee, Director of Messiah College Press and Postal Services, Messiah College, IPMA International President Sincerely, Dwayne A. Magee, CGCM President, Board of Directors, IPMA 103 North Jefferson Street Kearney, MO 64060 (816) 919 – 1691...

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“Take Me Out To The Ball Game!!!”

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Blogs, News | 1 comment

Let’s play ball!!! Are you going to be coming into Pittsburgh early and need something to do? We have a block of seats reserved for Saturday, June 10,2017 for us at PNC’s stadium to root on the Pittsburgh Pirates as they take on the Miami Marlins. The first pitch will be thrown at 4:05pm and we would love for you to join us for one big party! The cost is only $49 and we will be sitting along the 3rd base line. Space is limited so don’t delay and register today . If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Richard Silver...

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Member Spotlight – Bob Boyer

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blogs, Member Spotlight | 2 comments

To help our members get to know each other each month IPMA will be featuring member in a Member Spotlight. This month, get to know Bob Boyer, Liberty University. 1. Why do you belong to IPMA? I joined IPMA based off of some very positive and valuable feedback from IPMA members I know from another professional organization 2. What would you consider your proudest professional accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment is taking on a research project 3 years ago that has led to Liberty in-sourcing a print shop about 1.5 years ago. 3. How many years have you been in the printing industry? 1.5 years 4. How many years have you been an IPMA member? 1.5 years 5. How did you get started in the printing / mailing industry? It basically started when a Marketing Manager and I starting researching what it would take/look like for Liberty to have their own in-plant. 6. Describe your most unique work experience. We had a donor ship a trophy moose head to Liberty. No one told me it was coming until a moose head with my name showed up at our Central Receiving. Took a couple of days to figure out the details. 7. What would surprise us about you? I had no print experience before this. 8. Favorite Book? One of my favorite is “Deep and Wide” by Andy Stanley. I also LOVE Tom Clancy books. 9. Favorite Cuisine/Restaurant? I LOVE Italian. 10. Favorite vacation spot? Outer Banks, NC 11. What is your idea of a perfect day? Sleeping in, going to a college football or hockey game, and taking my family out to dinner. 12. What is your typical weekend schedule? Wake up at the same time I do for work Saturday and Sunday. I make breakfast Saturday for my wife and two sons. Typically go to some sort of sports event at Liberty, and then go to bed by 10. Most of my Sundays are spent running tech productions or playing bass at my church, then going home to eat lunch, put my kids down for a nap, and spending the rest of the evening getting ready for the week. 13.  What apps do you use most on your phone or iPad? Spotify 14. Who is your favorite music artist? Right now I would say Mutemath or Twenty One Pilots. 15. What song can’t you get out of your head right now? “Don’t Let Me Down,” by the Chainsmokers. 16. What is the first and last concert you went to? The first concert I ever went was the Grateful Dead when I was 9 or 10. The last concert I went to was Johnny Swim last year. 17.  Who is your favorite actor/actress? Ryan Reynolds and Amy Adams. 18. What type of films/movies do you like? I love action, history, and war movies. 19. Favorite Movie? It would be between Oceans Eleven or The Other Guys. 20. What is a TV show that you NEVER miss? The Walking Dead. 21. What is your guilty pleasure? I love Will Ferrel movies and Julian Smith videos on...

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Download these informative White Papers by Canon!

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blogs | 3 comments

IPMA presents two new White Papers brought to you by Canon U.S.A. Inc. : Lessons from Leaders: Strategies and Tactics for In-Plants: In-plant operations that are thriving in today’s market are pursuing strategies to improve efficiency and expand their services. Increasing customer demands, the ongoing threat of outsourcing, and the escalating interest in digital communication options are prompting in-plants to evaluate and adjust their technologies and services. This document draws on InfoTrends’ research to highlight the key strategies and tactics that in-plants are pursuing to serve customers and drive growth. Click here to download the White Paper. Looking to streamline your workflow? With the proliferation of digital file formats, many of today’s operations receive files that are not “print-ready.” Canon’s Océ PRISMAprepare software can help you simplify and streamline the document make-ready processes, efficiently compiling, correcting, and personalizing print applications. This includes the applications and processes needed to release the finished product to the production press. Read how PODi discloses the fine points of Océ PRISMAPrepare and how it can help you simplify and streamline the document make-ready processes. Click here to download the White...

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A New Chapter…

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Blogs | 3 comments

By: Mike Loyd, Executive Director of IPMA Today begins my second week as Executive Director of IPMA. I am so thankful the Board of Directors has faith in me guiding IPMA into the future. I think it will be a great ride and I hope we can all move forward in making IPMA more relevant to you, and continue making the association stronger as a leader within our industry. I come to you with years of experience in the newspaper and printing business. I was past president of IPMA and also held many other positions in the organization. While at LSU, I leveraged my membership in IPMA to grow my business and improve all that I did to serve the University. I urge you to make sure you are getting the most out of your association. IPMA is only as strong as our members. We hope that we can facilitate dialogue, offer programs, webinars, white papers and meetings that are geared to helping you be successful. We need you to participate in whatever way you can… no matter how small. Volunteer, be active in the Community, write a story for the newsletter, and go to conference. It is only through interaction with your peers and colleagues that you can gain information to boost your in-plant’s performance for your parent institution. As a support service, our only task is to remain relevant and support the goals of our parent company, while saving money and generating revenue. We all have different experiences, funding structures, missions, etc. It is from these differences that we learn how to reshape our groups. In our membership, we have a wealth of talent and experience at your fingertips.  The resources available to you through the IPMA website and the membership are unlimited. Tap into that and make a difference in your company. As Executive Director, my role is to offer whatever support I can to assist you in your day-to-day workings. Please reach out to me, the staff and the Board of Directors if you need help. We are here for you! I look forward to a long association with IPMA and hope that we are able to meet and exceed your wishes for your organization. IPMA has a great history of service and I hope to continue that legacy leading us forward. I would be remiss if I did not thank our outgoing Executive Director Carma Goin. Her tireless work and contributions saw IPMA through some tumultuous times, and for that, we should all be grateful. Thanks Carma…you are a rock...

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