As our current Employee Engagement Committee (EEC) members’ annual terms come to a close, we have shifted our efforts to engaging colleagues in the work we have been doing. At January’s meeting, we made plans to visit employees in a variety of locations to discuss NYCHA’s core values and the new Changemakers Campaign, which features employees who reinforce the Authority’s values.
At our February meeting, we created a plan of action to foster communication that engages, encourages, and empowers NYCHA employees at the site visits. Culture change is the EEC’s overall goal, and employee participation is essential. Staff should feel comfortable using the EEC as an opportunity to voice their concerns and ideas for the Authority. Meeting with employees will offer a chance for all of us to play a part in NYCHA’s transformation and to impact the direction that the change takes us.
Groups of EEC members will visit staff in March to inspire discussion about making our organization a more efficient and rewarding place to work. The hope is that, with these visits and discussions, a new group of EEC members will be motivated to continue the work that began a year ago. The Employee Engagement Committee, initially conceived as a yearlong effort, has evolved into a tool to facilitate and promote change well beyond that period of time.