Family-Friendly Means No Meetings after 5:00 PM

February 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

clockThis is our second semester hosting a networking series for administrators, faculty, and staff.  We call it FONE:  Faculty Outreach & Networking Events.  The timing of these events turned out to be the hardest thing to get right.  We want to encourage commiseration and decided to hold the events regularly at the end of the work day in order to offer drinks & snacks.  Many potential participants have family commitments; to be cognizant of these possible time constraints, we decided to offer an open reception, encouraging participants to drop by when they could from 4-6 pm.  We quickly heard from multiple faculty following the first invitations:  do not hold events that go beyond 5 pm if you want administrators, faculty, and staff with dependents to feel included.  Message received! We are always looking for ways to ensure faculty success through work-life balance.  This semester we are still advertising our networking events as come-by-when-you-can, but we’re holding them from 3:30-5:00 pm in the afternoon.

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