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.
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.
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.
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.
Within the City of Elk Grove, we see the City Seal on public work projects and on business signs like the Elk Grove Auto Mall. You will also see the City Marketing Logo on public work projects. In addition, you will see elk themed signs on a variety of businesses. There is a lack of consistency in the use of the City Seal, City Marketing Logo, and Elk Themed signage. In addition, there are varieties of locations where you enter Elk Grove off SR 99 or I-5 with no signage. Having multiple people independently developing signage for a variety of uses has exasperated the problem.
This already exists. See Graphics for a copy.
Prop open the both sets of double doors by Public Works and the City Manager department, along with the unkeyed door to the bathroom hallway.
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