Please play with our new friend Mac
March 11, 2014 4:29 PM Subscribe
Please help me get staff at my PC-only workplace to *voluntarily* engage with our new desktop Mac during their breaks.
posted by Rykey to Work & Money (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Ahead of an influx of Macs into our workplace (public library, ~100 employees), management has set up a nice desktop Mac in our staff break room with the hope that people (especially non-Mac users) will use it in some way. The new Macs we're getting won't replace our PCs, but they will be present in every department, and almost everyone will have to use one for certain tasks at some point. To that end, more extensive training will take place when the new machines arrive (in about a month), but until then I've been tasked with trying to get as many people as I can to do... something with the machine they've set up in our break room.
The idea is, we want people who have never used a Mac desktop/laptop to get over the potential psychological hump that we're getting machines that are difficult and terrifying to use (we've already got the two-button mouse covered). For my superiors, a simple task on the order of visiting a website, opening a program from the dock, or playing a simple game will suffice. We're assuming less-inhibited users will just use the Mac because it's there (it sits next to a PC that people use all the time on breaks for personal stuff).
The catch: I've been specifically directed not to *require* people to try it, nor to sit in the break room to encourage them to try. This is supposed to be entirely voluntary, something that people will try on their own, just because it seems fun/interesting. I can, however, put signs up, put links/prompts on the screen, promote the new machine via all-staff emails, etc. I also have a small budget from which to buy prizes to serve as incentives.
I have zero say over any of this, so I can't propose changing any of the parameters I've mentioned. It would benefit me personally, though, to be able to maximize the number of people who use the Mac (it would score me some points with the higher-ups). So what can I put up onscreen to lure the most non-Mac users? Is there a way I can track use without being in the room? What kind of promotion/support can I employ to pique interest and ensure follow-through?