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.
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.
Develop a program where the City would match employee contributions to chartable organizations up to a certain maximum dollar amount. City match would be limited to pre-approved charitable organizations that are located in Elk Grove or provide services to Elk Grove residents. Alternatively, develop a program where an employee "community giving" committee could be formed to select a charitable program or project for the year (or more frequently) that would encourage employee participation through volunteering and/or financial contributions with a City match.
It would be a nice treat if we could get 3-4 of the First Wednesday Food Trucks to come to City Hall at lunch so those of us tired of McDonald's and Sourdough and Co. can have something a little different.
I propose we introduce Spirit Days in the office periodically to boost morale. Spirit days can be fun ways to engage in office silliness and create a positive atmosphere.
A possible Spirit Day could be Silly Hat Day, where even if you had a meeting later in the day, you could still particiapte and be work appropriate.
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