George Mason Employees Contribute to New Skills Database

Posted: April 12, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Employees of the university will soon have an additional resource at their disposal to help make job performance a little easier, thanks to the creation of a “skills bank.” The database, which will be housed on the Human Resources web site, will contain information provided voluntarily by fellow George Mason employees regarding their skills and knowledge, and those volunteers will be available to discuss the subject matter.

This program will help employees in three ways: It will provide a list of volunteers knowledgeable in certain subject areas; it will provide links to various departments’ web sites containing more detailed information; and there will be a means to submit a request for training from the appropriate department.

The purpose of the program is to help build bridges between departments, encourage personal growth and development among employees, and provide an outlet for employees to share their areas of expertise. The skills bank is cosponsored by the Human Resources Department and the University Equity Office, and is being organized by an ad hoc committee consisting of Ida Barbour, Ellen Drewett, Dolores Gomez-Moran, Margaret Howell, Mark Kidd, Julia Morelli, and Sukey O’Donnell.

Any employee may volunteer for the program with permission from his or her supervisor; and the volunteers will be available only during normal business hours. For more information about the program or becoming a volunteer, send an email to

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