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Reflecting on my on the job training this Father’s Day

I joined Allison+Partners in February 2020. Having worked in agencies for my entire career, I knew early mornings, late nights and frequent travel were the price of admission. Before the pandemic, I had a regular routine down: Out of the house early before my daughter woke up, back home after she went to bed, and weekends as a sort of catch up before Monday came for us to do it all over again.

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Agency News

Buckle up: Even more wage inflation is coming for agencies

Whether a pint of beer, a tank of gas or a list of groceries, consumers are feeling what the drumbeat of news headlines is telling them: the cost of living is skyrocketing, and there seems to be no end in sight. 

The Department of Labor reported last week that in May consumer prices jumped 8.6% versus the 12 months earlier. That is the highest rate of inflation since December 1981. It is also up from April’s year-over-year surge of 8.3%.

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opinion

How to Commemorate Juneteenth

Juneteenth, or “Black Independence Day,” commemorates the freedom of enslaved Americans in the United States and is identified as the first Black American holiday. Short for “June Nineteenth,” the holiday marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to inform enslaved people they were freed. 

Since the late 1800s, many Black Americans have honored Juneteenth as the commemoration of the struggle of enslaved persons and communal celebration of Black liberation. However, its history is multifaceted and brings about a multitude of feelings and perspectives from across the Black diaspora. As communicators, we must be familiar with this history and the feelings this commemoration evokes, if we are to counsel clients effectively.

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Agency News

Corporate purpose is more meaningful to employees during the pandemic: Research

Fewer than four in 10 employees say their company’s purpose gives their work meaning, and more than one-third (35%) say a company’s positive impact is among the top two most important attributes when they consider staying in or leaving a job. 

That’s according to a study by Allison+Partners, Carol Cone on Purpose and The Harris Poll that was published this week. 

The Purpose Under Pressure report revealed how employees’ priorities have shifted since the beginning of the pandemic. It defines purpose as “a company’s reason for being in addition to profits that guides its business growth and positive impact on society.” 

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opinion

Sabbatical Series: Adult Study Abroad In Spain

In early June 2015, I sat across from Tara Chiarell, now general manager of the Washington, D.C. office and executive director of client experience, to interview for an assistant account executive position at Allison+Partners. A picture book of her safari sabbatical sat on her desk as she told me about the month-long sabbatical perk that Allison+Partners employees qualify for after five years of employment.

“How cool… isn’t that just for professors?” I thought to myself. “Sounds like an adult study abroad.”

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opinion

Beyond Thoughts, Prayers And Tears: Holding Officials Responsible For Mass Shootings

The tears welling up in my eyes multiple times during the day only modestly hint at what I’ve felt inside over the past two days. Yesterday, the tears appeared when I dropped my kids off at school in the morning, again with every news story about grieving Texas parents throughout the day, and – not for the last time – when I was lucky enough to be able to hug my kids again after school. As one of the leaders of Allison+Partners’ employee advocacy group Allison+Family, those tears are blurring my vision now as I’m typing and will probably punctuate my day between meetings and projects. 

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opinion

JMS Alumni Celebrate 30 Years of Partnership by Forging New Paths for Students

Alumni Scott Allison and Scott Pansky embody the phrase “Aztec for Life.” The two, who graduated in 1986 and 1991 respectively, have shared many titles: students, alumni, colleagues and co-founders. But the most important title shared between the two is friends; a friendship that transcends decades of expansion and innovation in the field of public relations. With no intention of slowing down, their growth has brought them full-circle to where it all began, allowing them to give to current students the necessary tools that once helped them launch their careers.

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