Friday, August 15, 2008

Celebrate Your Colleagues (and use Web 2.0 to do it)!

This morning at our monthly staff meeting we honored an employee who has served in our organization for 20 years. It's a great accomplishment and many kind, heart-felt, inspiring things were said about him and his impact on literacy education in Minnesota. It got me thinking about how statements of this kind are absolutely invaluable for sustaining organizational morale, and also how difficult it can be to get everyone together in one place to honor the contributions of special individuals and teams.

Could we use Web 2.0 tools to say "thank you" and "great job!" even though we're not face-to-face? Could this help build community among colleagues who work at a growing number of sites throughout the state? Here are a few ideas:

  • Have a blog, wiki site, or Twitter feed set up (that everyone in the organization can post to and subscribe to via RSS) specifically for sharing "Thank Yous" and similar announcements.
  • Build a Social Network on Ning and use it to maintain connections with far-flung members and members who've left the organization
  • Use a wiki or social network to plan happy hours, potlucks, and other real-world social gatherings.

2 comments:

Emily said...

I'm in! Especially for the food. :)

Judy said...

I have been following your blog for sometime..Thought would drop by and send you a web 2.0 digital tool which I have found interesting and has been very effective in classroom.