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I recently took part in the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training on campus. My groups final project addressed the challenge below. I am submitting on behalf of my group. Group members are: Darcie Campos, Jennifer Davidson, Renee Zdych, Melinda Gieseke, and Adam Schauer.
Challenge or opportunity addressed: As we move closer to the 2014 arrival of freshmen, it is very important that we take the time to properly cross train from department to department so we can appropriately refer our students when necessary. In addition, it is also important for faculty and staff to engage one another outside of their respective offices and to be more educated about what other departments are doing on campus. We must all work together collaboratively to foster positive working relationships across campus, not just our own unit.
Mix and Mingle Mornings - These would occur on the 1st Wednesday of every month, from 9:15 - 10 a.m. It would be set up most likely in a central campus location, such as the cafeteria annex for high visibility. Coffee and light breakfast items would be provided, anyone on campus would be welcome to attend. It would consist of 15 minutes of "mix", followed by 15 minutes for the unit hosting to discuss what is happening in there areas and to introduce staff, and would end with 15 minutes of "mingle" to better get to know your colleagues.
•Provides an opportunity for cross training across the university, especially important as we look toward the 2014 arrival of freshmen.
•Promotes positive attitudes, positive atmosphere, and more camaraderie at work
•Relationship building - Encouraged for all employees so they enjoy their work a bit more
•Stress relief break - People are more productive at times of stress when there is still some fun
•Informational and FUN- clear expectations set for host of event
•Help improve job performance and increase productivity and loyalty
•Much less costly than First Fridays, but still achieving the same goal.
Valuation of the project ($): The cost would be minimal compared to former First Friday events. Each unit would cover the cost of beverages, with the possibility to cut down on cost by having volunteers bring in baked goods. However, if this isn’t feasible, then each unit could also supply an assortment of bakery items. Prices are listed below: We estimate these “Mix and Mingle Morning” events to cost approximately $300 per event.
Per Gallon per Unit
Coffee (Regular and Decaffeinated) $14.00
Hot Tea $ 7.50
The Breakfast Bakery (per Dozen)
Assorted Donuts $12.00 Scones $12.50
Texas Muffins $16.50 Strudel Bites $6.50
Cinnamon Rolls $15.50 Kringle $10.00
Bagels w/ Cream Cheese $13.00
Estimated impact on the organization: Better relationships among colleagues, silos are broken down, boost in morale, and better cross training across units in preparation for the arrival of freshmen.
This is an excellent idea that is similar to the "First Friday" Socials that GSU once held and enjoyed. I have brought your suggestion to the attention of the Provost who has indicated that he will take the suggestion to the Cabinet Meeting for discussion. Since this would be a university-wide event, the Cabinet will need to discuss the logistics, impact, issues, and costs. You will receive a university-wide response, most likely in the GSU View.