As of the writing of my last message, I along with many of you are on furlough or may have been laid off from our employers due to the Corona virus pandemic. You, like me, may have had friends or family affected by the virus, and some even passed away. I hope for the most part, you are healthy and anyone who has suffered from the virus is on their way to recovery. I send my condolences to those of you who have lost anyone from the virus during this time.
If we stick together and stay positive, I know we can beat this. It will be a while before we are all back together on a face to face basis. From our headquarters we are asked to not have face to face meetings until after August. That would put our first meeting in September. That seems like a reasonable request so that we can all feel safe when we meet again. However, we may still need to wear masks and we should continue using good hygiene. That is a must. Those of us who have worked in health services have been preaching good hygiene for some time and it is not new. This pandemic has really opened many eyes for the rest who realize it is a good practice in preventing disease. Let’s keep it up.
One way to spend your time during furlough is to continue your studies and earning of RU’s. We have continued to offer on-line certification refresher courses. We recently completed the Certified Supplier Quality Professional and Certified Quality Auditor. Thank you to all of our LC members who served as instructors! Just a reminder, if your re-certification is due in June, you can ask ASQ for an extension until December 31, 2020. You must go to ASQ.org and make the request.
Other ways to spend your time is a good exercise routine, or learning a new craft. During this time I have used it to teach my daughter how to cook. She has taken up new hobbies including learning how to play the piano from an on-line app. It’s not as fun as interacting with a teacher right next to you, but it gets the job done. I myself am working on studying for the Certified Biomedical Auditor certificate. These are just ideas. I welcome you to share what you’re doing on our website. It may give inspiration to those who need a little more encouragement. I would love to hear from you. Finally, stay safe and stay sane. We will get through this, together. Sending virtual hugs to all!
ASQ 0701 Chair – Orange County Empire
Hello to all our ASQ Members. Happy December 2020 from Section 0701 Orange County Empire. It has been quite an interesting year. I look forward to 2021 and a fresh start.
As I was finishing our last event of presenting awards to my team, it crossed my mind that I too had to recertify for my CQE. I cannot believe three years had flown by! I had a stack of RU’s from all of the meetings I attended over the last three years, and other docs accumulated in my special folder. As a member of the Leadership Committee, over the past three years and a steady volunteer, I had several RU’s from monthly meetings and the events I had attended. I was ready. I had put them all in relevant categories and started to fill out my template to make sure I had enough to do it via computer. Then I went to the ASQ website. For each section, you must have relevant documentation to show evidences of compliance.
For employment, I had reached out during the summer to my past employers for letters on their letterhead, and statement of dates of employment. This is a particularly good reason to never burn any bridges! They were happy to oblige. For Professional Development, every year I promise myself to work on a new skill and keep up learning in my field. These trainings also earn you RU’s. In addition to doing the ASQ CBA course, I remembered I had taken a course in Regulatory at UCI. That was the game changer. The courses and training I took, in addition to my employment, gave me just over the required 18 recertification units. First, I was shocked, and then I was happily surprised. I still had all those other RU’s to spare. That is all right. I still enjoyed attending the meetings and events. However, that shows you that just taking a few courses can really affect your final score.
With our meetings now virtual in most sections, it makes it easy to attend. You can even attend from other areas if you need to make up for missing units. Training courses at your work may also count. Make sure to get certificates of attendance showing how many hours the training was. Alternatively, perhaps you were the trainer. Have your manager write you a letter acknowledging it so you can show evidence. The template we have is an easy way to manage your recertification. There are several other categories to use that help you add to your final score. If you need help, make sure to contact our recertification chair at email@example.com. I did, because sometimes even the best of us need a little help from our friends.
In November, we had a great time hearing Mr. Jason Jimenez, Director of Continuous Improvement from Glidewell Dental, give his second class in “Creating Lasting Organizational Change.” This is now available to view on Myasq.org website. We all learned about the four building blocks that help go beyond the quick fix kaizen events that have a low lasting success rate. We learned how to build buy in with our teams by using the four building blocks: 1. Creating a compelling story 2. Aligning Systems and Structures 3. Role modeling and 4. Skills and Competencies. Some great information we can use in every company.
Our year-end survey went out and there were several of you who were gracious to respond. We were very glad to be able to provide virtual meetings this year, along with new speakers. We will review the responses we had, especially for suggestions for new topics and see how we can help fulfill those needs. We will not have a December meeting as this is now a time for all to relax and enjoy ourselves and our families.
Nevertheless, we are now ready for 2021 with Steve Phinney from Microsoft kicking off the New Year in January with his presentation “Creating Compelling and Engaging Process Maps that Drive Engagement and Improvement.” Our meetings will continue the second Tuesday of each month. The invitations will come to you via email from our Arrangements email address through Eventbrite. Make sure to go asq.org and verify that the email address in your profile is current. We look forward to this presentation.
Finally, I wish you peace, good health, and happiness.
To all of you from ASQ 0701, Happy Holidays!
ASQ 0701 Chair