Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day to Focus on Civility

Posted: September 27, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm

“Mason Nation: Civility in Action” is the theme of this year’s Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus.

Why civility as the theme this year?

The Civility in America 2011 poll of 1,000 adults found that 43 percent of Americans say they’ve experienced incivility at work, and 38 percent believe the workplace is increasingly disrespectful.

“What does this mean for each of us?” asks Lori Ann Roth, learning and professional development director in Human Resources and Payroll. “It means that we have an opportunity to be part of the solution and work to create and sustain a culture of civility at Mason, helping to decrease conflict and ensure it is not a drain on our productivity, creativity or well-being.”

To that end, Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day will focus on positive workplace interactions.

Highlights are a keynote speech by P.M. Forni, a Johns Hopkins University professor and author of “Choosing Civility” and “The Civility Solution,” and an endnote talk by Leslie Morton, Mason instructor of civility in the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism in the College of Education and Human Development.

In between, six different tracks, each offered at three different sessions, will be available for participants.

The tracks are

  • Preventing Workplace Bullying
  • Safe Work Environment
  • Your Mason Contacts Count (networking)
  • Communicating Civilly
  • Community Building at Mason
  • Respect Yourself − Respect Others

In addition, free flu shots for faculty and staff members will be available throughout the day, and lunch will be provided.

Online registration will begin Oct. 3. The first 100 people to register will be entered into a raffle for tickets to see Wanda Sykes at the Patriot Center on Oct. 15.

Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day is organized by the Human Resources and Payroll Learning and Professional Development section.

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