A Fresh Approach to Employee Events

Drawing on Feedback to Enhance Connection


—From the Desk of Stacey Matthews, Executive Director of Human Resources 

Following the Organizational Climate Survey in February 2023, the HR Team set out to renew employee events, basing our approach on feedback from that survey and recent events 

In August 2023, we broke tradition by inviting families to the Welcome Back BBQ. It was an entertaining event, full of activities, prizes, good food and good music. It was wonderful to meet some employees’ family members and kick off a new term together! The positive feedback was encouraging.  

A group of new employees at the 2023 BBQ

The Employee Welcome BBQ was a time to gather, connect and welcome new employees. 

On December 1, we transitioned from campus-specific holiday parties to hosting one holiday bash for everybody. From trivia to foosball and a movie lounge to a cookie decorating contest, there was something for everyone. We were thrilled to get the feedback that you enjoyed the food, connecting with colleagues and the mix of fun activities. Thanks again to the chefs, students, coordinators and instructors who worked so hard to make it such a special evening! 

The next big employee event on our calendar would typically be an employee development day in February. But, based on the mixed feedback we received following The Last Discovery Day, February may not be the best time to hold this event. Understandably, folks arent exactly thrilled about trudging through snowstorms to gather on an unfamiliar campus for a full-day event 

Employee development is important, and we want to make sure that we’re presenting opportunities that are accessible, convenient and interesting. To reconsider the best approach to an all-employee development day, we’re pausing the February event to review our focus and offerings 

We look forward to connecting with you at events in 2024.