I don't know that this is a blog post so much as it is a hopeful roll call for some of your brightest ideas for creating community in the work place. How do you build morale and camaraderie, particularly when organizational structure still involves silos to some degree? I'm talking beyond the office potluck lunch, here.
Here are some obstacles that in my experience are fairly common:
1 - Busy workloads, no time to network across programs
2 - No communal space for lunch time
3 - Lack of awareness/appreciation for work done in organizational units outside of one's own
4 - Low morale due to shrinking budgets, hiring freezes, and (see #1) increasing workloads
Please share your thoughts on how great leaders overcome the obstacles above to create a space in which innovation and creativity flourish, resulting in staff that feel appreciated and choose to continually bring their best to the table and bring out the best in each other. The more specific your strategies (i.e. the easier it is to apply them), the better!