COFFEE WITH COLLEAGUES
IT'S EASY! SIMPLY HAVE A COFFEE WITH A COLLEAGUE AND SEE WHAT IDEAS TRANSPIRE!
Coffee with Colleagues offers staff/faculty the opportunity to meet for 30 minutes with a randomly selected colleague. The purpose of this initiative is to build meaningful connections with people and departments with whom you may not have day-to-day interactions. Below are some key points to consider:
Coffee with Colleagues is an easy and efficient way for JHU employees to break down silos and establish rapport with various people/departments on campus. This is a chance to identify collaboration opportunities, learn about other departments, share best practices and form friendships!
All it takes is 30 minutes once a month. You can opt into and out of the program easily on a month-by-month basis.
This is completely up to the participants. Participants can structure the conversation in any way that is mutually satisfactory, but one possible outline is:
10 min: Person A introduces themselves, talks about how long they have been at JHU, and gives an overview of what their position involves
10 min: Person B repeats that information for themselves
10 min: Free-form Q&A
There is no pressure to achieve any particular takeaway in any one meeting. The goal is simply to establish connections with people/departments with which you would not typically interact.
The location is entirely up to the paired colleagues to decide and can be on or off-campus. While practicing social distancing, we recommend utilizing Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype, or even your telephone.
Yes. The cost is minimal and we hope it will not be a deterrent. Also, you certainly are not limited to coffee and could grab a water or tea.
Absolutely! However, you are not required to do so. Whether or not participants choose to meet again is entirely voluntary.