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Our blog isn’t about us. It’s about you. We discuss business challenges and real issues human service agencies and caseworkers face everyday. You’ll find traditional human services software articles about things like document management for human services and social work technology. But you’ll also find inspirational stories to boost caseworkers’ spirits and tools to help agencies find and gain support for technology in human services.

Posted Friday, April 8, 2022 by Team Northwoods

Forget About the Price Tag: Critical Factors Beyond Cost When Buying Human Services Technology

How much does human services technology cost? It’s a simple question with a complex answer.

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Posted Tuesday, March 8, 2022 by Team Northwoods

Why Do Social Workers Burn Out?

Social worker burnout and turnover have always been a significant problem in human and social services. Turnover in child welfare has ranged from 20-40% annually for the last two decades. But today the stakes are higher than ever. Frontline workers are mentally, emotionally, and physically drained.

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Posted Monday, February 21, 2022 by Team Northwoods

Hybrid is Here to Stay: How to Support Remote Teams in Human Services

Editor’s note: We originally published this post in March 2020—just days after the start of the pandemic as many caseworkers and agency leaders were still navigating the transition to remote work. Nearly two years later, we’ve learned that remote and hybrid work models are now here to stay.

Social services agencies have found benefits in hybrid and remote options for their workforce and clients alike and have begun to implement permanent flexible work polices to stay competitive to applicants. Despite the benefits, the task of fundamentally shifting work models is still a challenge. The same tips are still applicable, but the impact has changed, especially now that the social services workforce is in crisis.

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Posted Wednesday, February 9, 2022 by Team Northwoods

Strategies for Success: Realizing the Value of Cloud Technology for Human Services

As human services agencies have grown more comfortable with the idea of cloud technology, the conversation has shifted from “what should we do?” to “how do we get it right?”

In our experience, your agency will be more successful if you have a solid answer to that second question from the very beginning. If you recognize the difference between moving to the cloud simply to check a box and doing it in a purposeful, thoughtful way, you’re more likely to find a solution that provides long-term value and return on investment for both your agency and the community you serve.

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Posted Thursday, January 13, 2022 by Team Northwoods

Can't Miss Conferences for Human Services in 2022

Over the past several years, this blog post has become a go-to resource for readers looking for information about the best industry conferences to keep up to date on key issues, trends, and topics impacting human services.  

Well, like everything else, COVID-19 continues to impact many of the conferences and events we would typically recommend. Since things remain up in the air as we start the new year, many organizations are still figuring out their plans for moving forward. Despite all that, we want to provide some information to help you find the best events to fill your schedulein person or virtually.

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Posted Tuesday, December 14, 2021 by Team Northwoods

Readers' Choice Recap: Top Blog Posts of 2021

As another year comes to a close, it's time to recap our top blogs of 2021.

Below is a countdown of this year's posts that our readers found most insightful. Remember, you can subscribe any time to make sure you never miss out on future content.

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Posted Thursday, November 18, 2021 by Team Northwoods

How the Paper Shortage Could Hurt Your Human Services Agency

Cars. Coffee. Computer chips. Ketchup. There’s no shortage (pun intended) of items that have been hard to find, or more expensive to buy, over the past few months due to global supply chain disruptions that have resulted from COVID-19 and other factors.

But there’s one thing that human services agencies should be keeping an eye on as it could significantly impact your operational budget over time: paper and printing supplies.

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Posted Monday, October 18, 2021 by Laura Haffield

Change is Hard, Even in Human Services—Here’s How to Ease the Burden

Change is hard, even for people in human services whose entire jobs are affecting change in others. Change is hard for everyone, maybe especially for social workers (and the people who support them) whose jobs are already so difficult.

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Posted Thursday, September 30, 2021 by Rupam Chokshi

Connecting Caseworkers, Clients, and Service Providers to Speed Up Service Delivery

Human services caseworkers are constantly collaborating with people outside the agency yet lack the right tools to support the process. Consider these examples:

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Posted Friday, September 17, 2021 by Rich Bowlen

Finding the Way Forward: What's Next for Human Services?

How do you plan for the “new normal” when normalcy no longer exists?

Yes, it’s a bold question and a tough concept to consider. But it’s reality. As I have continued to meet with numerous directors of local and state agencies throughout the country, there is still a lot of uncertainty and confusion.

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