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Chaparral 2022-2023: 31.5 CSEA Connection

CSEA Connection

Terry Flexser
CSEA President

Innovation, by its nature, requires change. It could take the form of new programs/software we utilize for work, or it could simply be adding a new step to a task we’ve done for years that simplifies or expedites the task. Innovation can be scary for some, but without it there can be no real change that will bring about the desired outcomes.

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Innovation can come from necessity, but most often comes from a thought-out plan to effect change in some way. There are several ways in which you can foster innovation in the workplace, or even your personal life if desired. First is to encourage creativity. A safe environment that encourages people to share ideas without fear of criticism is essential. Second, innovation requires resources in order to be effective. These resources can be technology, training, or the time necessary to come up with innovative ideas. Thirdly, there needs to be a culture of fostering innovation. We need to make sure that people feel free to take chances and experiment in order for innovation to take place. The last way we can all foster innovation is to embrace change. Like stated above, change can be difficult. Embrace change and be willing to take risks. Encourage experimentation and be open to new ideas, even if they challenge the status quo.

Some might be asking how to show their innovation in the workplace. Fortunately, the administration at GCC have planned an event to do just that. On May 10th, in the Student Center, GCC will be hosting our first ever “Innovation Expo”. This expo is to share ways that we have innovated in the spaces we work in. Also, there is an opportunity to submit your innovative ideas for the future. If you would like to participate, please follow the directions below:

For Classified Staff: Submit your idea (either one which is already implemented or primed for future use) here that your poster will cover no later than Monday, May 1, 2023. Proposals should be 1-3 sentences in length to provide a high-level overview of what the poster will include. See link for sample. Reasonable release time will be afforded to those classified employees whose proposals are accepted both to work on the poster and attend the event. Questions? Contact Brittany Grice at”

This is a great opportunity for classified staff to show what we can do. I know many of you have already innovated at your job and might have additional ideas to help support GCC in the goal of educating the next generation of young adults. If you have an innovative idea you would like to share, please submit it. I look forward to seeing all the ideas that will be showcased at the Expo, and gathering with our coworkers to celebrate innovation.


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