Top 10 Ways to Engage: Waterloo Staff Conference 2022

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

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Organizational & Human Development have been asking around to find out how staff will be engaging with the virtual Staff Conference this year, and we wanted to share our favourite tips with you!

#10: Find out who else is attending

Post the conference agenda and have teammates indicate which sessions they have signed up for so people can see who they are "attending with".


#9: Watch together

Book a meeting room to livestream the keynotes, lunchtime drop-ins or other popular sessions or create virtual “watch parties” on Teams.


#8: Encourage others to participate to (re)build community

You are an official ambassador of the WSC – spread the word! Encouraging a community with a focus on professional development can be a positive way to reconnect, recalibrate and rejuvenate our teams!


#7: Tradeoff

For teams with frontline positions, try trading off for service coverage so everyone can attend at least one live session of their choice.


#6: Make technology available

For staff who do not work on computers in their roles, have laptops or TVs for streaming the conference sessions available to sign out.


#5: Connect the dots

After attending an event – talk about it! Consider adding a "learning” channel to your Teams where you can post content and discuss:

  • What did we learn from attending this keynote/workshop?
  • How does it apply to the services we offer?
  • What was one point that really stood out to you about the talk?
  • What did the talk challenge you to think differently about?
  • How could we as a team build the key takeaways into our day-to-day work?

#4: Lean into your curiosity

Actively participating in the conference keynotes and workshops by asking questions and participating in the interactive elements means more fun and benefit for you!


#3: Make time for it – truly

The biggest obstacle to meaningful engagement (and learning!) is not being fully present. If you’ve signed up for a session, gift yourself by truly setting aside and investing the time.


#2: Pro Tip for Managers: Lead by Example

  • Share with your team how you plan to engage with the conference
  • Discuss past experiences; knowledge gained, and memories created
  • Communicate how you will be creating time and space for your teams to attend

#1: Have fun with this experience!

At this time of continued transition and change, the Waterloo Staff Conference is a spring tradition that is steeped in good feelings of community building and learning together.

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