Only sports activities will be included.
Interest has been waning for years.
Dropping in on the Neighbours
Henri ten Klooster, head of the sports centre and organizer of the We Day, is disappointed. 'The event has proven its value over the past 13 years,' he says, 'but like this, We Day's function of promoting social cohesion is destroyed.'
Surveys among Wageningen UR staff suggest that the cohesion between departments leaves room for improvement. 'But people hardly ever take a look at what goes on in other science groups,' explains Tromp. 'Whereas collaboration between them is exactly what leads to synergy.' Part of the We Day budget has therefore been reallocated to the new concept of Dropping in on the Neighbours. In March, employees were invited to pay a lunchtime visit to various departments for a lecture or a guided tour. Tromp also wants to encourage staff to attend each other's open days and demonstration days.
So the functions fulfilled by We Day in the past are to be split and fulfilled in new ways. After the sports day there will be an evaluation of the new approach.