Team building day for staff
Federation Council will not be open to the public on Friday, May 11 as it will be conducting a compulsory staff team building function.
“While council has been undertaking some cultural training the entire organisation has still not had the opportunity to come together,” Interim General Manager Adrian Butler said at council’s monthly meeting on April 17.
“The team building will help the organisation to continue to move forward as one.”
Mr Butler said team building activities are a way to provide high impact learning, increase team skills and communications, and improve morale and productivity.
Any emergency situation necessitating staff resources, however, would be made available according to Mr Butler.
Citing another reason for the function, Mr Butler said: “There are a lot of new staff, spread far and wide. I know other merged councils have done this already.”
“It’s a great idea - you see big corporations doing this,” Cr Shaun Whitechurch said. “As a one-off it’s great. But we should think about doing it as an organisation, yearly, or whatever.”
Costs for the exercise are to be met via the merger implementation budget following the amalgamation of the Urana and Corowa Shires.