July 2017
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ICPM news updates for July
Are You Modeling Good Vacation Behavior?

According to Project: Time Off, a national movement to transform American attitudes and change behavior, America’s work culture may be on the verge of a major change.  Results from a 2017 survey indicate a change in attitude about taking time off from work after fifteen years of reluctance by Americans to step away from their desks.  Despite the challenges of taking time off, the trendline is now headed in a positive direction.  The 2017 State of American Vacation survey involved 7,331 American workers, including 2,593 managers. 

Among the survey's key findings were:

· Americans are using an average of 16.8 vacation days per year. 

· 54% of Americans ended 2016 with unused vacation days, donating an average of $604 in unused vacation per worker to their employers.

· Americans left 662 million vacation days unused; 206 million of which could not be rolled over or paid out.

“American workers believe that the path to career success requires sacrificing vacation and embracing work martyrdom,” states Project:  Time Off.1  However, this could not be further from the truth.  Taking time off benefits individual well-being, relationships, performance, and professional success.  It provides an opportunity to refresh one’s brain and renew one’s attitude.  A lack of time off contributes to stress-related illnesses--mental, physical, and emotional—and has even been attributed to workplace bullying. 

As a manager, you assume responsibility for the well-being of both subordinates and self.  You can facilitate taking time off by removing barriers and modeling good vacation behavior. When was the last time you took time off? 

View the survey at http://www.projecttimeoff.com/sites/default/files/StateofAmericanVacation2017.pdf

1 Project:  Time Off; State of American Vacation 2017;  http://www.projecttimeoff.com/state-american-vacation-2017

Which Management Certification is Right for You? 
With several management certifications available to choose from, which one is right for you?  The descriptions below will help you to determine the certification that best meets your specific needs.
CM   The Certified Manager (CM) certification benefits managers and leaders working in all industries. Deemed a "generalist certification," the CM denotes competency in all areas of the management profession.  It is sponsored by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM).
PMP The Project Management Professional (PMP) is a niche certification for managers dedicated to project management.  It is sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
SHRM-CP  The Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) is a niche certification for managers specializing in human resource management. It is sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
CMA  The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) is a niche certification for managers working in the accounting and finance professions.  It is sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). 
All of these certifications are US-based and internationally recognized. The CM certification is the most comprehensive and applies to managers working in all industries.  The other certifications are specific to a particular management niche. ICPM invites you to apply for the CM certification today to obtain a competitive edge for hiring, leading, and career advancement.
NMA Offers FREE Membership to Newly Certified Managers
As a founding partner of The Institute of Certified Professional Managers, NMA … THE Leadership Development Organization invites newly Certified Managers to register for a complimentary one-year membership in the world's largest professional development association for managers and leaders. The NMA's 11,000 members unite together through affiliated chapters and individual memberships to take advantage of meetings, conferences, webinars, and other development opportunities, as well as to network with professionals throughout the Association.  
The NMA is making this free offer to welcome new CMs to the Association for one year.  At the end of the year, CMs will have the opportunity to continue their NMA membership for just $48/year. To register, newly Certified Managers should follow the instructions included in the mailed packet they received containing their CM certificate and pin.  To learn more about the NMA, visit www.nma1.org or watch the video below.
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