While we continue to practice social distancing, IMA remains optimistic and we look forward to the safe reopening of business, and life, here in the U.S. and globally. During times like these when so many of us are working remotely, it's easy to feel isolated. The IMA community is in this together.Together, connected, we are #strongertogether.
We want to hear from you. Join the conversation and share how you're dealing with COVID-19. Tell us how you're doing or share a photo of your workstation, your "coworkers" or even a recent virtual meeting.
Clay, my "coworker", seems to have perfect attendance at meetings - see the attachment!Thanks! Jeff
Dear Jeff,Thanks for the optimism. It's important that we make the best out of it and there are positive opportunities too. For a starter your new colleagues seem the be "the pick of the bunch". Compliments for the recruiting process. :-)
Engagement with the wider Internet community is one of our organization's most important functions and the pandemic has forced us to take a fresh look at how we engage with our stakeholders. In pre-coronavirus days, we met with people at RIPE, roundtable and regional meetings, face-to-face training courses, member lunches, and by sending our staff to the events and meetings held by so many others in the industry and community. COVID-19 has changed how we do all this. To say our travel costs will come in under budget this year is probably something of an understatement :-) But removing the physical element of how we engage and educate does not reduce the need to do this. With this in mind, we're are experimenting with how online engagement can meet the shortfall in physical engagement, but we're also looking at how the current situation might change how we engage over the longer term.
We've been able to organize a big virtual event last week (RIPE 80) and this went very well. Our philosophy is that we don't want to simply put a physical RIPE Meeting online but rather work to create a virtual event that engages an online audience and brings the community together in a unique and worthwhile way. Around 2,000 people attented RIPE 80, which is a record for a RIPE Meeting and the opportunity brought new people in who normally would not have been able to attend a physical RIPE Meeting and a lot of these newcomers asked great questions. This seemed easier somehow virtually, so that was a real positive surprise.
Take care, enjoy the company! Clay is a beauty.
Gwen van Berne
Nice pup and comfortable looking office Jeff.
I am dealing with this economic shutdown by getting in as much beach walking, bike riding, golf, kayaking, and other fun activities as possible. My office is really the outdoors, as I am newly retired.
Stay safe and well!Jim
Hair grows regardless of our work location, so in order to avoid looking like a shaggy dog (even your coworker Clay clearly is well groomed during this time), I enlisted the support of my wife Kathy, to give myself a haircut. Actually it turned out better than either one of us expected. I call it my Covid Cut! And don't worry I don't see this as something I want to continue after this is all over ! Stay healthy and safe everyone!
So I finally got into my first job ever and I was truly excited about everything. However, due to the pandemic and the community quarantine my city has been put into, I have never stepped even once in our office. Luckily for me, my deployment wasn't delayed at all so I get to work in the comforts of my home. I still have so much to learn and although I don't have any work experience to compare it into, I do think that this arrangement is partially harder than working onsite, given that the learning process regarding the work I have is remote and I can't just easily ask for help from people. I am still on the path of getting used to the field of employment and it is kind of a catch that I am trudging on this path by myself at home. I love and enjoy my job, though. I also feel that my company is truly supportive of everyone's working condition and only want nothing but the best for all of their constituents.I enjoyed reading some of the stories in this thread and I hope everyone continues to stay efficient despite the current situation we are all in. I find this is one of those rare chances that we get to truly see ourselves outside of the busy bubble we built around us and discover more of what composes us as a person. Our compassionate side may shine, our love and appreciation for our family may blossom and our care for the people who are not inside our circle may be emphasized. These are trying times and what I have learned the most is that I truly enjoy my own company. I used to fear being alone and messing things up if I constantly follow my own instincts. Now, I finally realized my potential can evolve more if I let myself believe in the leaps I can take.Take care and be safe, everyone.
How I am managing COVID-19
By Babu I. Razack CMA, ACMA, D.Litt.
Being a member of IMA , it is a great privilege and if you are a certified member, it adds you several hats on you. Again if you are doing volunteering activities with IMA, you would learn lot and guide our members a lot. My membership journey started in 2005 . Since then IMA has given me several hats like mentor, question writer, pilot tester,chapter leader, ethics committee member, leadership academy faculty committee member and so on. It made me to travel globally to attend annual conferences, regional conferences, in person meetings in several corners of the globe and helped me to interact with global IMA community . The only thing I learned from IMA are perseverance, innovations and creativity , we can say three mantras of IMA. Last meeting was at Austin, Texas in early Feb, 2020, I went for COE in person meeting and leaving my wife at my daughter's place in New Jersey. I had to return immediately after the meeting to Kuwait where is my work place due to short leave. When I started landing the threat started here for COVID-19 ; at that time in USA I don't even hear about that . Then it spread the most parts of the USA rapidly, then I realized the mistake why I asked my wife to stay with my daughter for another two weeks. She is still there as she could not travel from there as the flights are cancelled to Kuwait since mid of March'20. In Kuwait also COVID-19 cases started increasing, Govt. enforced partial curfew to full curfew; for the past 20 days full curfew was implemented which would prolong up to May '30 .
What was my experience during this COVID-19
Apart from this how I spent my time, I work from home even though it is bit of new experience managing people, messages , ERP systems, contacting other institutions like banks and audit firms only remotely. Yet we could achieve as many things.
I attended lot of webinars, got certificates on e courses which are totally free offered by IMA and other educational institutions. I can say for example , Block Chain 101, Data Analytics and Visualization Fundamentals Certificate, Beyond the basics: Data Analytics and visualization for Accounting Professionals, Research Methodology etc.
Thus we prove our ability as management accountants that we can do better even during these hard times. That is the pride of IMA.
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