Welcome to the Oswegoland Park District’s Innovation Lab! Your ideas, comments, and feedback are encouraged! All ideas are welcomed, big and small! If your idea is related to pay and/or benefits, it will be addressed to Human Resources.

How to Submit your Idea 

  • Select "+Add a new one"
  • Fill out the form 

Under Review: All ideas will be labeled “under review” until a decision is made. It will be reviewed no later than 90 days after posting. Each idea is rated based on:

  • Feasible – How feasible is this idea to implement?
  • Effective – Will the idea have a clear outcome/impact to show effectiveness?
  • Values – How well does the idea align with our Values of integrity, collaboration, and innovation?
  • Strategic Themes – How does the idea serve our Strategic Themes of Land & Facilities, Fiscal Awareness, Customer Experience, and Employee Engagement?

Decision Time

  • Selected: Congratulations! Your idea is leaving the lab and being put into practice! You will be receiving an ATOM (Adding to Our Mission) award. The Values Team will work with the appropriate departments to identify project leader(s) to implement.
  • Not Selected: Unfortunately, some ideas are not selected. If we do not select an idea, you will receive a notice in the Innovation Lab with an explanation of the team’s decision.
  • Big Ticket: If your idea has merit and may incur additional expenses, it will be tagged as a Big Ticket item. We will collect more information about the scope and scale of information.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Values Team at valueteam@oswegolandpd.org. 

Under review

District Dog Days

Kelse Gengler 6 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Cori Veverka 4 months ago 4

When I was in college they would bring in therapy dogs during stressful times of the year (finals, midterms, etc). I was thinking we could do a similar thing and bring in some therapy dogs during various times during the year.

It could be a short thing or have a time frame where staff could drop in to play with some dogs for a little bit.

Not sure if we could have it in one of our buildings or if it would have to be outside.

Under review

Projector and computer access at primary meeting locations

Brian Everhart 2 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Cori Veverka 2 weeks ago 3

Many of the districts leadership teams, committees, and departments meet at the same few locations throughout the district.  It would be nice to have quick easy access to projectors and computers to help share information digitally at these meetings instead of paper.  While we do have a projector and laptop that can be checked out, it can be cumbersome to haul this around, set it up and the laptop itself can be hard to get connected to the network.  Also a large screen or blank area to project this on to.

Having a dedicated projector and computer or connection point at these main meetings hubs could be more efficient and effective and also help in cases of community meetings and training with staff, etc.

The South Point Conference, Prairie Point loft, Planning & Development office, Civic Center Room 1 as well as one of the rooms at Boulder Point.

Along with moving us along technology wise this would also help environmentally with paper waste and could improve efficiency.

Under review

New building access control system at all locations - FOBs or keycards for entry

Brian Everhart 2 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Mary Drew 2 weeks ago 2

With Boulder Point set to have renovations it could be a great time to transition from our current system of keys and passcodes at our various locations to a universal key card or FOB entry system for all staff.  Boulder Point could be done first with a phased implementation for other facilities year by year to help with budget/cost concerns.

The same system could be implemented at all locations so employees would have one card/FOB to access all facilities or rooms they need access to do perform their job functions.  In the case of termination or change of duties, it would be easier for supervisors, system administrator to either deactivate or change access on a staff members card.

Eliminate the need for large rings of keys for some employees as well as access codes, duplicated keys, etc.

I believe the school district already uses something like this for their facilities.


planning and brainstorming meetings

Jen McFall 4 months ago in Employee Experience updated 3 months ago 4

I believe having our brainstorming meetings a year in advance would be more productive than a week or 2 before catalog entries are due. For example, we meet this November to discuss how our fall classes are going, what we would change and any ideas for collaborations for next year. I feel talking about the season we are currently in will give us more insight when planning for next year. We always come up with great ideas in these meetings but I don't feel we fully devote the time and energy to produce those great classes due to such limited planning time.

Under review

Electronic Sign In Sheets for Staff Meetings

Rich Zielke 6 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 5 months ago 2

Attending the catalog meeting we signed in on paper, got me thinking about an electronic solution.

Just one of many that came up during a quick search - https://signinsheets.org/


Online store for staff apparel & accessories

Abbie 9 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 4 months ago 8

Work with Next Generation to create an online store for staff to order branded apparel, accessories, etc. Departments currently do this individually, and some departments not at all. A district wide approach and opportunity to everyone would be beneficial. Not mandatory or "uniforms" but an opportunity for staff to purchase Oswegoland logo-ed apparel.


Putting a name to a face

Mary Drew 7 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 5 months ago 8

For our internal email you can add your picture to your profile. This would be nice for those staff you never see to put a name to a face. 


Staff Lunch Bunch (gymnastics)

btingley 2 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Cori Veverka 3 weeks ago 3

Feeling unproductive? Need to move around? Join us in the gym on select days during your lunch break and flip around!


Hey Brie,

Thanks for the great idea and based on the e-mail flyer, we look forward to coming to play in the gym soon.  Should be a great opportunity for staff to have some fun and be active.

Be on the look out for an ATOM coming your way.

Keep the great ideas coming.

Under review

Innovation Alarm

KristieBV 2 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 1 month ago 3

The innovation lab is becoming a very effective method for new ideas and collaboration. It seems like people come to the lab when they have a great idea. To increase the traffic of people engaging in those ideas, I'd love to have a week where we set Innovation alarms - emails that would come to folks at the same time every day for a week and remind them to check out the innovation lab. Or maybe just a monthly ATOM Alert to visit the lab and see what is currently bubbling. I sometimes get buried in my Things to Do list and forget to stretch my innovation muscle. 


all staff lunch at Boulder Point

Karla Lundy 2 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 1 month ago 2

Some staff are not always able to leave and attend luncheons as they need to prepare to teach afternoon classes or may not have coverage.  Boulder Point had an idea of a salad, sandwich and dessert luncheon in the spring.  A new location for staff that may not have been here to enjoy our company.  We'd love to host a staff luncheon!   "Salad and Sandwich Spring Luncheon" in April or March.  Perhaps on the first day of spring.  

Under review

Employee Intranet Page

Christine 5 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 5 months ago 1

I'm new to the park district, so I'm not sure if we have something like this. Do we have an employee intranet type page that is like a one stop shop for employees to get information? Access is only for employees. Information would consist of emp. benefit summaries, forms, how to's for Springbrook access, links to web pages that are important (Innovation Lab), volunteer opportunities, parties and events, etc.

Under review

Spring Break jeans week

Abbie 9 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 9 months ago 2

Allow jeans to be worn the week of spring break.

Under review

Cloud based file storage for staff

Brian Everhart 9 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Professor of Innovation 8 months ago 1

In today's mobile digital environment it would be helpful to be able to access files and directories from a variety of online devices and locations.  When weather causes issues or employees are on the road or traveling, to be able to securely access information could be of great benefit

Under review

Podcast Club

Cori Veverka 2 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Mary Drew 2 weeks ago 6

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and I often come across things that are incredibly applicable to the work we do.

Is anyone interested in a monthly Podcast Club (like a Book Club) where we listen to a certain podcast on our own, and then get together to discuss it over lunch?

Here are a few of my favorites that we could tap into to start:

Under review

Employee Safety Merit Reward program

Abbie 6 months ago in Employee Experience updated by Brian Everhart 5 months ago 4

The Safety Council is seeking your input! As an employee, what sort of incentives/perks would motivate you to keep safety in the forefront of your mind? We would love to hear your ideas!