Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Clayton State’s Staff Appreciation a Double Success

The Clayton State University Staff Council expanded the annual Staff Appreciation Day to two days of fun for 2008.

“Both days were filled with laughter and inspiration. We had a very successful turnout for each event,” says Bob Ward, Staff Council chair.

Motivational speaker Mike Robbins spoke with staff on Tuesday, June 3 in Spivey Hall. A left-handed pitcher in the Kansas City Royals’ minor league system from 1995 to 1997, Robbins has been a motivational speaker, author and coach since an injury ended his playing career at age 24.

He spoke passionately with hints of humor on reminding everyone to appreciate the now, to take time appreciate co-workers, family, friends and, most importantly, themselves.

He encouraged everyone to start with these three simple steps: 1) create a daily practice to appreciate yourself; 2) when gathering as family, friends, or co-workers take time to say what you appreciate; and 3) start receiving complements more successfully by just saying thank you sincerely.

On Wednesday, June 4, the staff had a laughter-filled afternoon with a carnival. The staff was treated to games, prizes and lunch. Plenty of sweets including cotton candy, funnel cakes and snow cones fueled the afternoon festivities.

“It’s important that we are all reminded that we are worth the effort for these events; that everyone is worth being shown appreciation,” says Ward.

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