Employee Relations

COCM’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meetings

Every year, the employees of COCM come together in January and February to connect, share best practices, and learn about the latest trends in student housing. It is a time of joy for us because our staff is spread out across the nation throughout the rest of the year – from Boston to California! This…

Perspectives on Student Housing Facilities and Operations – Recorded LIVE at the 2019 Annual Meeting with COCM Assistant Directors

What all is involved in running a student housing site? And who are the people behind the scenes managing and operating all the jobs that need to get done? During the 2019 COCM Annual Meeting, we sat down with four assistant directors – with various roles, including building operations, maintenance, business operation, and residence life – to learn from their experiences and stories.

Student Housing Professionals Come Together

Each year, COCM holds an Annual Meeting, bringing together employees from around the country to the COCM home office in Birmingham, Alabama.  We enjoy the opportunity to connect with colleagues in person that we work daily, through the use of technology.  It is a concentrated time where professional development, networking, and personal growth are the…

COCM – a GREAT place to work!

In 2012, COCM kicked off an annual employee survey and we completed our fourth one recently. It started out as an effort to understand what all our employees, not just directors, think and feel about us a company. What it has become, is a way for our leadership team to quickly assess where we excel…

No More Excuses!

Saving for retirement can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Finding reasons not to contribute to your retirement plan will hurt you in the future. Do any of these excuses sound familiar? If You Think … “I don’t make enough money.” Then Consider… Tax savings. Your contribution is taken out before taxes, so…

The Nitpicker

I think it’s safe to say that everyone works in an office with at least one person like the one described in this Seth Godin blog. What a great perspective for dealing with these types of people. Focus on making something and keep in perspective that the nitpicker is actually controlled by his or her…

Balancing Act

In the world of Higher Education, we are often overly concerned with creating a work/life balance.  Many times we are told that this is the key to maintaining happiness in both our jobs and our lives. However, what if we look at it a different way? This article takes a moment to question that paradigm…

Hiring the Right Candidate

As we move into the hiring season, it is always important to remember what positions we are hiring for, as well as what positions someone is applying for. As someone who has been on both sides of the hiring process, one of the most important lessons I have learned throughout the years is the importance…

How to Reject that Just-Not-Good-Enough Candidate

In reading Avoid Candidate Let Down amidst our current Resident Assistant application process it made me realize two things: one, you should always respond to a candidate unless you already indicated you would not in your original job posting. Secondly, the longer a candidate is in your application process the more respect deserved in his…

Seeking Employment? We have some great advice for your search!

Job searching is an exciting and stressful experience. Here are some tips to consider on your journey. The goal is not to get hired but find a “work home.” Approach your job search not with the attitude of getting hired but choosing your next “work home.” We spend at least 40 hours (usually more) of our week in…

Perspectives – Gen Z and Millennials

I found the blog post last week and article about Generations Z to be an interesting view on the incoming generation and what we, as Student Housing administrators, could come to expect from our soon to be residents.  But it also brought to mind an article published in Psychology Today, that I enjoy and which I check…