Thriving Workplace Initiative

The Division of Administration & Finance is proud to participate in the University’s Thriving Workplace Initiative (TWI). This initiative, sponsored by the Office of the President, is dedicated to making the University of Maryland “the best place to work.” The Thriving Workplace Initiative is viewed as a strategic investment in the University’s staff and faculty to ensure that their voices are heard and that they feel valued for their important work.

In order to assess the current state of UMD’s organizational culture, the University enlisted Gallup to administer a short survey about workplace satisfaction, engagement, inclusiveness and organizational culture. In spring 2016, the survey was distributed to all faculty and staff members, and garnered over 6,000 responses (a 54% response rate!).

Since the survey results became available, the Division has been working very closely with the Center for Leadership and Organizational Change (CLOC) to interpret the results, and create meaningful plans of action. In addition, the Office of the Vice President has convened a work group to discuss ways in which the Division can take action on the survey results. This work group is being co-facilitated by Aynsley Toews and Julius Williams, Divisional Liaisons to the campus-wide Thriving Workplace Coalition. Over the coming months, this group will discuss best practices, identify successes and challenges for the Division, and provide supervisors with helpful resources.

Work Group Members:
Oscar Velasco, Facilities Management
Jason Winings, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing
Deidra Adams, University Human Resources     
Joanne Ardovini, Public Safety  
Anthony Frazier, Facilities Management              
Angela Jackson, University Human Resources
Roxene Kastens, Facilities Management
Kizi N'Kodia, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing
Seth Roth, Finance Organization       
Miriam Sharp, Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk
Thomas (Rick) Smith, Facilities Management 
Nurrehan (Emma) Thomas, Finance Organization
Oscar Velasco, Facilities Management
Jason Winings, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing

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