Guest blog by Andrew Willson, Senior Communications Officer, Queen's University Faculty of Health Sciences.
As I walked into the performance hall of The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts the morning of the first annual Employee Engagement Event, the sound of drums hit my ears. While I still didn’t know what exactly the “surprise event” scheduled for 9 AM was, one thing was clear: this was not a typical day at the Faculty of Health Sciences.
When my co-workers and I got to our seats, there were drums waiting for us. Over the next hour, the group Drum Café led all of us – the over 200 staff members in attendance – in a large group drumming session. The whole thing culminated in a dozen or so staff members dancing wildly across the stage while shaking maracas (there’s video evidence if you don’t believe it).
While this session was a fun way to wake up and get energized, it also set the tone for the rest of the day. The leader of Drum Café encouraged all of us to hear our own contribution to the larger rhythm filling the hall. Only by each person playing their drum enthusiastically, he said, could we create this immense sound.
The theme of teamwork kept popping up throughout the day in various ways. Acting Dean Dr. Chris Simpson gave a…Read More