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Spring 2020 NAECPNewsletter

NAECPNewsletter - Spring Issue 2020

A Message from NAECP Board Chair, Carey Foy

Fellow Members,

I hope you are well and staying safe. We are all in uncharted territory now, personally and professionally. By taking the steps necessary for our personal safety, we are changing the dynamic of our professional lives, too. It may be helpful to remember that you are part of a community. We are all dealing with this shift away from the hands-on, in-person style of working we normally enjoy. Reach out to your peers to talk about challenges and solutions, or life in general. We are all in this together. The contact will do you good, I promise!

If you have any questions or OE you want to share with your peers, email me and I will get your input to our membership for discussion:

This newsletter is the first of what we intend to be a quarterly communication. Content will vary, but we will keep you up to date on Forum planning, training options, and anything we think might be useful. This is where you come in: tell us what you think. We welcome not only your feedback, but your input. If you want to speak on a topic, share an event that is good Operating Experience (OE), or have questions to put to the Board or the membership, fire away.

The Board sends its best wishes for your safety.


Carey Foy, NAECP Board Chair

Working From Home?

The internet is full of advice on how to work from home if it is new to you. Here are five tips pulled from the multitudes that may resonate with you:

1.        Get dressed, brush your teeth, comb your hair. It's tempting to plod off to work in your bunny slippers and with a bad case of bed head. Don’t do it. Gear up – this is work, not some morning chore.

2.        Define your office hours. If you are a morning person or a night person, pick the time of day when you are most productive and stick to that schedule. Establish your transition: “I am going to work now” and “I am leaving work now." It's just like your regular work schedule, only with a shorter commute.

3.        Designate your workspace. It's great if you have a room to make your home office. But even in a small apartment, you can claim a corner, a table, or some location. That's where you go to work and where you keep your work stuff. It's all about the boundaries.

4.        Speaking of boundaries, negotiate with the people living with you to respect the fact that you are at work. There will be demands and you should help during this strange interlude, but you also have the right to some “do not interrupt” time. Close your door, run up a flag, or somehow work out an agreement that you are to be left alone – pending actual emergencies. Puppy poop on the floor is not an emergency – unless you live with my wife.

5.        Stay in touch. Call or email your co-workers every week, even if you don’t have actual common work issues. Stay in your work community. Reach out to more distant associates, too. It's a good time to renew communications. This works for family too – but not during work hours.

Finally – this is not a tip about working at home – but take some time to take care of yourself. Coronavirus stress is insidious because it's low level, but constant.

A Note From The Planning Committee

Wow! It's a very disappointing situation for both our membership and the Planning Committee to have our last NAECP Forum cancelled. The good news is, we have an amazing agenda already planned for Fall. This is the earliest we have ever been prepared for an event - a little planning humor on my part. 

Our theme for this upcoming event is Ethics and Responsibility in ECP. We will keep that theme and, to the extent that we can, we will keep the agenda. The only issue we may come across is being able to reschedule all of the speakers. 

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NAECP Certification Training

NAECP has completed the development of a comprehensive introductory training curriculum. Attending the training results in a Certificate of Completion from NAECP. The first class of 30 was held in Washington, D.C. in late April of 2019. The feedback received was overwhelmingly positive. Since then, we have gotten inquiries about the next class. While COVID-19 has put a crimp in planning for an in-person training session, it has caused us to explore alternatives.

We would like to know your level of interest in an online certification process. The training can be broken into modules with completion of all modules resulting in issuance of a certificate. We are looking at recorded training sessions, which have high production qualities, but no (or limited) interaction. We are also considering a webinar-based concept. Interaction is great, but scheduling can be complicated.

Please let us know if you have any interest in NAECP building an electronic training package and what kind of format you would like to see. Your feedback can be sent to the Chair of our Member Services Committee, Devon Jackson: Thank you in advance for your feedback.

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Thank you for joining us for the Spring 2020 NAECPNewsletter. We hope you will consider becoming a sponsor of NAECP. By doing so, you will help to support both our online environment and the educational sessions that are held throughout the year. Becoming a sponsor also provides many benefits, including:

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