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Report: The Renewal Seminar at the University of Georgia (May 2019)

Last week I facilitated a Renewal Seminar at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. The workshop was sponsored by UGA Libraries’ Professional Development and Research Committee (thanks to Benjamin Davis, who coordinated event logistics). 

Twenty people registered, and there was a short waiting list. Eighteen people attended the seminar. Attendees represented a range of specialties across the UGA Libraries’.  Seminar attendees are offered an opportunity to take two surveys: 

At the end of the Seminar, attendees were offered a chance to evaluation the event. Following is a selection of aggregated data from the seminar (quantitative queries show majority responses only)

Pre-Seminar Questionnaire Highlights

 Low-Morale Experience Survey Highlights 

Workshop Evaluation Report Highlights

Topics recommended for discussion/consideration:

“More about neglect.”

“Even more exercises on actively combating low morale – strategies for overcoming.”

Things learned or more clearly defined:

“Shame screens – this activity was really helpful.”

“How to cope better and recognize negative behaviors.”

“Job ushering, anti-stalking, and shame as a motivation for abusive behaviors.”

“Other people have similar experiences! Even here.”

Recovery plans (personally or at work):

“Prepare for and have difficult conversations.”

“Don’t take things personally.”

“Self-care and developing outside publishing opportunities.”

Formal/informal leadership behaviors that will be applied to reduce/remove low morale at work:

“Assertive speaking.”

“More vulnerability.”

“Modeling behavior and setting standards. This was wonderful – I would have loved an even longer workshop!”

Thanks to the attendees who participated in the Seminar and to La Loria Konata, who assisted with on-site preparation.

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