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Friday, May 20 • 11:30am - 11:50am
Covid Keepers: Maintaining strategies for morale, productivity, and stress reduction during and after a pandemic.

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The Covid-19 pandemic was a significant disruption to work life and it became clear that different approaches were needed to address issues of morale, productivity, and the high levels of stress. Our library implemented simple strategies including weekly All Staff Meetings, the use of Teams as the communication channel, and the introduction of virtual wellness challenges. As the pandemic continued, new methods were employed including a 4-question survey to invite more feedback. As we make note of successful methods, we will continue those strategies now and after the pandemic as mechanisms to maintain high morale, improve communication, and reduce stress.

Learning objectives:
Learn about successful strategies for connecting with employees at a distance
Motivate others to document their own experiences to improve available research on managing libraries during a pandemic (or stressful world event, or disaster management, etc.)
Incorporate successful strategies into your library to maintain high morale, improve communication, and reduce stress

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Catherine Soehner

Associate Dean, University of Utah
My main area of research is organizational change and incorporating best practices from psychology, business, negotiation, and change management. I love traveling in Utah, so talk to me about your favorite Utah experience!
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Carmin Smoot

Digital Publishing Coordinator, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah

Heidi Greenberg

University of Utah

Friday May 20, 2022 11:30am - 11:50am MDT