I think directional signage upstairs similar to what is in the lobby would be very helpful for folks sent up to meetings or for those who head upstairs without checking in at reception. This would make it easier for outside folks looking for the PW counter, looking to pay for their E Tran connect cards and more convenient for staff when directing folks upstairs for any reason.
Have a day designated for "bring your child to work day" similar to the state offices. I personally have a 6 year old who has gone with my mother in law to work but has asked why she can't ever come with me.
I think it would be extremely beneficial to provide a tour of the City to the employees, highlighting new projects and developments.
I was fortunate to participate on a tour given by the Economic Development Department; my group spent about an hour on a bus, learning about new and potential projects in the City. We travelled throughout Elk Grove, passing by empty fields to learn about zoning and construction plans, office buildings under construction to learn about new State offices moving to Elk Grove, and small business to learn about grants and funding opportunities.
It would be fantastic if on a quarterly basis, interested employees could sign up and go on an hour – long bus tour around the city. This tour would help employees from all departments stay current on city projects and would ensure, to an extent that employees were relaying correct information about projects to the public.
I think we should look at the benefits administration from enrollment/changes/declination and separation and find an application that is HIPPA complaint and allows users and HR to automate the entire process.
Purchase several City branded bikes for employees to use during work. Employees could check out bikes (and helmets) for use on breaks or lunch for exercise, lunch, errands or other purposes. This could be a pilot program to see how a bike share program could work in a corporate environment.
As we've all seen in the news and witnessed firsthand with recent cybersecurity events involving City staff there are bad people out there trying to do bad things with technology. Being in the IT department I deal with a lot of technology security for work-related systems. But when I have conversations with people there seems to be a lot of interest and questions about protecting their personal data and I think many staff would appreciate a class or training on this topic.
City staff has already recently been required to take online cybersecurity training focusing on basic security knowledge and especially email phishing and this was great training.
For this new training/class I would envision it adding more knowledge and focusing on personal data protection and could include the following:
- Why is it important to use a completely different password for every online account you use?
- What makes a strong password?
- What is a password manager and why should you use one?
- Demonstration of some popular password manager apps used from an app on your phone, built in to your phone's keyboard, and used from a web browser plug-in. Also demonstrating how password managers can allow you to use completely randomized passwords for every account.
- What is multi factor authentication (aka 2 factor authentication) and why should you use it for your most important accounts like online banking, online financial websites, password managers, and personal email accounts?
- Why is it so important to secure your personal email account?
- Acknowledging that these security measures are not as convenient but they are worth it.
Start a book club for the wellness of employees as an alternative to those who don't wish to work out. We can meet once a month on our lunch time to discuss an book.
It was suggested in conversation that there be music in the restrooms. It would help improve employee relationships by not having to hear their business :) But really. It's a good idea. Maybe this could be in the public lobby areas too, if desired.
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