Toward the end of each year, Sharp HealthCare “occupies” the San Diego Convention Center to host its all-staff event. Sharp commandeers most of Southern California's buses to transport its 22,000-plus community (employees, physicians, contract workers and volunteers) from eight staged locations. Think Woodstock with military precision.
This gathering is the marquee event of the Sharp Experience—an all-encompassing program to engage, inspire and motivate its employees. The system's workforce loves it. While attendance is voluntary, 98% (a record) registered for the 2014 event.
What is the all-staff event? It's part state-of-the-union, part revival, part vaudeville, part pep rally.
The 2014 event's theme, “Live Big. It's Your Legacy,” explored individual and collective identity. Outside the hall, exhibits invited participants to document their personal legacies, share their stories and contemplate their remaining “jelly beans” (days on the planet).