|Re: orienting new members||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Elizabeth Stevenson (tamgoddesshome.com)|
|Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 20:15:01 -0600 (MDT)|
Good idea. What we did was edit down all the decisions inot a handbook, which is easily read in one sitting. It works well, but you have to have someone willing to do the herculean task. -- Liz Stevenson Southside Park Cohousing Sacramento, California http://members.home.net/southsideparkcohousing/ tamgoddess [at] home.com > From: "Rob Sandelin" <floriferous [at] msn.com> > Reply-To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org > Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 19:07:01 -0700 > To: <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> > Subject: RE: [C-L]_orienting new members > > One of the things I have observed is that new members are often overwhelmed > with information. They get this huge stack of papers with the expectation: > "It was in the bylaws, didn't you read them?" This often is a set up for a > unhappy relationship with all the "paperwork". The expectation that everyone > is going to actually read this huge pile of sometimes obtuse paperwork is > unrealistic. > > One thing I saw a chapter of Habitat for humanity do once that I thought was > a good paperwork management scheme was they gave new members an empty > notebook, with a colorful cover. Then, at every meeting, they gave the > members a reasonable sized chunk of the manual to read every couple weeks. > In this way, since the load was manageable, the rather large manual actually > got read over the period of a couple of months, instead of being shelved > because it was too big and cumbersome to actually read. The important > material was handed out first, then the less important stuff. At each > meeting the new folks got asked, did you read the last section and if yes, > did they have any questions? If the answer was no they did not read it, > then they didn't get the next set until they did, which was at the next > meeting. Since the assignments were small and the expectation was on > performance (reading the material) apparently rarely did anyone not do their > "homework". They used to just hand out the whole manual notebook and found > nobody had the time to read it and I suspect that people are also daunted by > the size and time requirement to read it. By putting it into manageable > chunks they got a huge performance improvement. > > Rob Sandelin > > _______________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list > Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: > http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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