As we head into our new academic year, we find that the challenges and changes continue to come at an alarming rate. Our faculty, staff, and students must remain agile and flexible to maintain their balance in the face of these challenges as our institution and society seek to keep moving forward in an ever-changing academic and research environment.
Good points from everyone and such a great discussion topic. We are returning to a hybrid model this Fall and one of the first observations I made when the team returned to the office, was that there is another onboarding phase when the new staff member transition into the in-person office environment.
We have not yet made decisions for staff professional development that may involve travel. But I did notice that the increased number of affordable online training and conference opportunities changes the approach to attendance. When events are online more of our staff has signed up for conferences, which is great, but we have to consider coverage and also allowing the staff member to attend. We are trying to set some guidelines/create a culture for who/when one can attend and what the expectations are when attending. It is so much easier to be distracted when attending online continue to work and respond to emails.
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