Employee Resource Group Synergy Project 

What is Books@Work?

Books@Work invites everyone – at every level of the organization – to build communities of openness, respect, inclusion and belonging. Using facilitated conversation around a short story, colleagues explore new ideas and deepen the relationships that anchor healthy and productive teams and organizations. (more below)
*We have extended the dates to allow more caregivers to be included, but seating is limited.

Nuts and bolts.

Where: Location S7-436,  University Campus
When: (6) Wednesdays from noon-1:00 on March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24

Lunch will be provided.

For further questions comment below or contact  John Trobaugh 508-856-2179

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* 1. Your Full Name as it appears in UMass Email 

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* 2. Email as it appears in UMass Email Directory

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* 3. PLEASE VERIFY TIMES YOU WILL BE AVAILABLE -  Come as often as you can, seating is limited so we will register on a first come first serve.

What do participants say about it?

“[Books@Work] brings a different kind of diversity that’s about embracing our differences and understanding them."

“Every voice was appreciated. Everybody, whatever they said, received a lot of respect."

“We really do touch on some very sensitive things at times – racial issues, religious issues – and they’re brought up in a way that we can have this open discussion in a safe environment… What you’re getting is the human piece, the human interactive piece. Actually being able to confront things that you weren’t going to confront in any other way.”

What’s in it for you?

REFLECT: Take a breather
GROW PERSONALLY: Learn from and with your colleagues
BE YOU, NOT YOUR JOB: Get to know your coworkers as people, not just roles

. . . for the team?

DIALOGUE: Promotes strong, open communication
CONNECTION: Establishes bonds between coworkers
PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY: Discuss difficult issues in an open environment

. . . for the organization?

LEARN TOGETHER: opportunity to collaborate and think critically together
BELONGING: creates an inclusive work environment for everyone
SOCIAL WELLNESS: fosters a sense of connection and community

What do we read?

These sessions will focus on short stories of all genres and styles, including Fiction, Mystery, Non-fiction, Science Fiction and much more…  But never business or self-help.

To learn more about Books@Work go to www.booksatwork.org  

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* 4. Any additional comments?

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