Library away days: home wins or own goals?

Mansfield, Daren (2009) Library away days: home wins or own goals? SCONUL Focus, 46 . pp. 63-65. ISSN 1745-5782

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Library away days - home wins or own goals?
This article discusses away days for library staff and the need for genuinely open debate about issues that arise in the work environment.
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Abstract

Love them or loathe them, away days have become an integral part of the library calendar. Away days may form a crucial part of employee engagement if used wisely. At their worst, away days are embarressing and reinforce a negative opinion of the organisation; at best, they can transform organisational performance and inject fresh enthusiasm into a project or team. At the University of Lincoln an away day for library staff revolved around an innovative concept of the World Cafe, a forum to debate a staff survey topic within an alloted amount of time before moving onto another topic. This formulated a credible grass-roots response to important issues in the library.

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Additional Information:Love them or loathe them, away days have become an integral part of the library calendar. Away days may form a crucial part of employee engagement if used wisely. At their worst, away days are embarressing and reinforce a negative opinion of the organisation; at best, they can transform organisational performance and inject fresh enthusiasm into a project or team. At the University of Lincoln an away day for library staff revolved around an innovative concept of the World Cafe, a forum to debate a staff survey topic within an alloted amount of time before moving onto another topic. This formulated a credible grass-roots response to important issues in the library.
Keywords:Away days, library, World Cafe, forum, staff survey
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N600 Human Resource Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N690 Human Resources not elsewhere classified
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P120 Librarianship
Divisions:Professional services > The Library
ID Code:2161
Deposited By: Daren Mansfield
Deposited On:28 Jan 2010 22:08
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:34

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