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Tripepi Smith and CMSD to Speak on the Hybrid Work Environment at the CSDA General Manager Summit

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Tripepi Smith Principal Jon Barilone and Costa Mesa Sanitary District’s (CMSD) General Manager Scott Carroll will speak at the Conference Teams 2022California Special Districts Association (CSDA) General Manager Summit in Coronado. The pair will kick off the Monday, June 20 afternoon breakout sessions with their discussion from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

After necessary work environment experimentations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people and organizations are thinking about hybrid workspaces or not physically returning to an office. In the conference session, “Mastering the Hybrid Work Environment: Cultivating Culture and Overcoming Challenges,” Jon and Scott will talk through how Tripepi Smith and CMSD maintain company culture, staff morale and motivation while continuing to deliver for their clients while working remotely.

Over the past two-plus years, employees have discovered numerous benefits of working from home, including less commute time and more flexibility. An April 2022 survey from ADP Research Institute found that 64% of the workforce would look for a new job if their employer wanted them to return to the office full-time. Now, businesses and public agencies are trying to figure out a solution that keeps both customers and employees satisfied.

“I have worked without a daily commute for over eight years now, so I know it’s possible to create successful organizations from your home,” said Jon. “As we try to determine what our post-pandemic world will look like, public agency leaders can avoid losing talented employees by investing in a hybrid workforce. This discussion will show you exactly how Tripepi Smith built company expectations and culture so all our employees and clients win.”

Tripepi Smith has been completely remote for more than five years while CMSD continues the hybrid work environment they began in early 2020. Jon and Scott’s talk will discuss the practical ways any public agency can cultivate a culture that encourages employees to grow and invest into your mission — even while working from home.

When workplaces started moving back into physical offices in 2021, CMSD found that their employees valued flexible hours. Scott will talk through why they decided to keep hybrid work an option and how they balanced this with their field employees.

“The pandemic changed so many things about our world, including how CMSD views physical workplaces,” said Scott. “I am looking forward to sharing our insights in prioritizing employee satisfaction, the benefits of a remote workplace, avoiding an ‘us vs. them’ mentality and retaining talented employees in the process.”

Tripepi Smith is also proud to be a gold-level sponsor of CSDA. As a public affairs firm, we understand the importance of special districts and the work they perform. We are honored to support their shared goals.

About the California Special Districts Association

The California Special Districts Association (CSDA) is a 501c(6), not-for-profit association that was formed in 1969 to promote good governance and improved core local services through professional development, advocacy, and other services for all types of independent special districts. CSDA is the only statewide association representing all types of independent special districts. CSDA provides education and training, insurance programs, legal advice, industry-wide litigation and public relations support, legislative advocacy, capital improvement and equipment funding, collateral design services, and current information that is crucial to a special district’s management and operational effectiveness.

About Tripepi Smith

Tripepi Smith is a marketing, technology and public affairs firm based in Orange County, CA. Its clients include for-profit, nonprofit and public agencies throughout the state of California. The firm’s unique mix of marketing and technology prowess provides a competitive advantage for organizations seeking to leverage the Internet to achieve their communication goals. Tripepi Smith provides full content creation services, including: ghostwriting, collateral development, photography, video production, search engine optimization, email marketing, crisis communications, social media management and website design and execution. Tripepi Smith clients include: City of Santa AnaCity of Culver CityCity of Rolling Hills EstatesCity of TracyCity of Santa CruzCity of SnoqualmieCity of CupertinoCity of Daly CityCity of La Cañada FlintridgeCity of ParamountCity of Huntington BeachCity of El CerritoCity of Indian WellsCity of Yuba CitySanta Clara County Fire DepartmentIndustry Business CouncilNHA AdvisorsCalChoiceCalifornia Joint Powers Insurance AuthorityRowland Water DistrictCalifornia Contract Cities AssociationCalifornia City Management FoundationLeague of California CitiesInstitute for Local GovernmentRenne Public Law GroupInland Empire Utilities Agency and Climatec Energy Services.