Donald R. Deis, M.S., CEP
Let’s Get Engaged
Just trying to get your attention and see if you really read these things. I am, however, going to talk about engagement. I try to keep up on our corporate blogs and we had an interesting one that I think is applicable to CEPs. Our corporate human resources attended a webinar by Clint Swindall who authored "Living for the Weekday.". The central theme of the webinar was around employee engagement. I was really surprised by these statistics. 29% of all employees are engaged, 54% are disengaged, and 17% are actively disengaged. The “engaged” employee accepts what is happening around them, is challenged by change and new and different work, and does their job as well as it can be done. The “actively disengaged” hates change and talks about how things used to be. The “disengaged” just accepts everything, keeps their head-down, and “lives for the weekend”. They also talked about work-life balance and the consensus seems to be that the two cannot really be separated, particularly if you are an engaged individual. They talked about four important engagement factors.
> Focus on your own personal growth
> Surround yourself with the right people
> Focus on emotional as well as physical health
> Live within your means
I am not going to preach on the last two although I am a real believer in health and finance, as described. The Academy is about career and relationships if you become involved and get engaged. Your board members and members of the Certification Review Board (CRB) are all at the top of their field and engaged in their careers and the Academy. Joining the CRB or working with board members on committees is a great way to get involved and become engaged by surrounding yourself with the right people. Become a mentor and work with CEP-ITs or a CEP applicant. There is never a dull moment with this group of fantastic, engaged people. So, let’s make a New Year’s resolution and career goal for yourself to get engaged in the Academy and get other employees that qualify to also become engaged in the Academy. We have the CEP-IT, CEP, and CEP by Eminence programs that apply to a wide variety of individuals depending on where they are within their career. If you have questions, please contact Andrea Bower or Jessica Orner at the ABCEP Office and, of course, you can always contact Don Deis at (904) 363-8442.
CALL FOR MENTORS!
Mentoring is an integral part of CEP-IT’s learning and development throughout their professional careers, and it can be especially helpful during times of change or challenging environmental stewardships. The most important distinction between mentoring and other forms of learning and development is the existence of a personal relationship between mentor and mentee. The relationship need not be profound or long-lasting to be effective, but the better the two know each other, and the more committed they are to their developmental purpose, the more they both benefit from the process.
Mentoring in the environmental profession focuses primarily on transmitting technical information and skills and helping the CEP-IT becoming and remaining competent, professional and ethical providers of environmental consulting services. As mentorship progresses, mentees learn to integrate multiple dimensions of knowledge and skill, exercise sound judgment, and ultimately, develop wisdom. This takes time, attention, and commitment. Now is a good time to revive CEP’s interest in mentoring, teach them new mentoring skills, and invigorate mentoring practices.
In following the ‘get engaged’ theme, consider lending your skills as a mentor. Helping another person fulfill their goals can be just as rewarding as achieving a personal milestone.
Get engaged – volunteer to mentor a CEP-IT today!
Please contact Andrea Bower at the ABCEP Office to volunteer or find out more about the CEP-IT mentoring process.
Work-Life Balance – It’s In Your Hands
Shari Cannon-Mackey, CEP, ENV SP
We all know it – the struggle to manage work expectations and home life; the choice of honing our technical skills to stay competitive or developing our passion for a hobby or travel. According to most experts our lives are out of whack. Recently Ron Freidman, the author of the newly published book The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, penned an opinion for CNN that work-life balance is dead.
I take a slightly softer approach and say that for many of us, our work-life balance is probably on life support. As Ron noted in the opinion published on December 9, 2014, the relationship between work time and family time is no longer as clear as it was for our parents. Technological changes, the drive to excel, the need to be active and engaged has blurred the lines between the two. An 8-hour work day for many people is a sign that they don’t have enough to do. Our children clamber to do more activities which require more and more of our time as parents to provide transportation and supervision. Our work regularly creeps into family movie night or picks apart our vacation time because we feel there is no one else that can address an issue or a sudden ‘fire drill’ but us. Even if you work for a company that accepts flexible work hours, the mix of meetings, report writing, soccer games, home repairs, and staff management makes our heads spin. No wonder most of us aren’t getting enough sleep – that is a whole other issue!
The reason I bring this to your attention isn’t because I want to make you feel bad; it’s because at this time of year we all in some shape or form strive to make changes as a new year begins. We’re all motivated in some way to make those changes, but something always seems to get in the way – either our work or our life.
So as we settle down to endure six more weeks of winter (according to Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast today), look at this conundrum from the point of integrating work with life instead of trying to achieve a balance. In developing your new integration strategy, give the following some consideration:
- Flexible work hours – if you’ve got em’, take advantage of them. They allow you to address critical personal matters when necessary but also allow you to focus your key work efforts during those times when you are most productive.
- Turn up the intensity – when you are “in the zone”, maximize your productivity. Close your office door or ask others to defer conversations or calls until a later time. They will respect your wishes and who knows; maybe some of the increased productivity will rub off on them.
- Go to lunch – I know this is probably the hardest one for me. Get up from your desk and walk out of the building. Even if your lunch is just a quick jaunt around the parking lot or a leisurely outing with friends or colleagues, the time away from your desk can refresh your thinking and enable you to focus when you return.
- Make time for yourself – the number one hardest thing for most of us to do, but well worth it if we can just carve out one thing, one day, or one hour. Don’t look at it as being selfish, but as doing something that fulfills your needs. If it involves family, friends, or co-workers that’s great, but make sure you get what you need out of it. Volunteer, take a class, write an article, go on a road trip; just make the time to do something for yourself.
In following Don’s theme in the President’s message, being engaged in activities that help other people can be rewarding – even for you. Don’t just take the time, but make time to integrate your work and your life.
Dr. Richard J. Kramer, CEP Memorial Award for Environmental Excellence
NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED – Due: February 28, 2015
The Dr. Richard J. Kramer, CEP, Memorial Award for Environmental Excellence was established by the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP) to recognize extraordinary achievements of individuals in the environmental profession.
The Award is a 0.999 fine silver medallion showing the likeness of Dr. Kramer on the front and the trademarked ABCEP seal on the obverse. The recipient also receives a laser-engraved birds-eye maple plaque.
Dr. Kramer's involvement in ABCEP spanned more than two decades. In 1982, he was the 31st person to earn the CEP designation. He served on the Academy's Certification Review Board from 1985 to 1999, when he resigned to become the first President of the Academy. Dick began his career in the environmental profession in 1972. For many years he was head of the environmental planning and NEPA office for the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in California.
The ABCEP Trustees are responsible for selecting the winner of the award. More than one award may be given each year. The award was presented for the first time in 2004, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the Certified Environmental Professional designation by the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) and the 5th Anniversary of the creation of the ABCEP, which was created in 1999 to oversee the CEP program.
|Nationally recognize extraordinary achievements, leadership, and spirit of CEPs.|
|All ABCEP members|
Who May Nominate:
|Any ABCEP member|
|February of each year|
Visit the Awards page on ABCEP's website for more details about ABCEP's Awards. And please contact ABCEP's Executive Administrator if you have any questions about the nomination process.
Note from the Editor
Call for Articles!
Interesting projects, exciting research, new study applications – our community wants to hear about what our CEPs and CEPS-ITs are doing. The Communications Committee is seeking articles for the new on-line format of the Newsletter, hopefully hitting your desktop shortly after the first of the year. This newsletter is a fabulous forum to share your insights, opinions, and application of sustainable solutions and sustainability principles. Tell us about your projects and research or encourage someone you are mentoring, either through the CEP/CEP-IT process or through your company, agency, or educational institution to share their insight.
Our newsletter is only as strong as our members can make it. So don’t be afraid and GET INVOLVED!
The ABCEP Newsletter is published monthly and is intended to serve four basic functions:
A Communications vehicle for the Board of Trustees and ABCEP committees to inform and engage with CEPs and CEP-ITs on current activities within ABCEP and it's future direction.
A forum to report on current and emerging environmental issues, regulation and policy changes and professional trends.
A forum to provide professional guidance and advice to expand the professional growth and knowledge of members.
A forum to acknowledge, highlight, and welcome active CEPs and CEP-ITs.