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!).

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
Lauren Pazornick, University Human Resources     
Joanne Ardovini, Public Safety  
Anthony Frazier, Facilities Management              
David Saville, University Human Resources
Roxene Kastens, Facilities Management
Kizi N'Kodia, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing
Seth Roth, Finance Organization       
Miriam Sharp, Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk 
Nurrehan (Emma) Thomas, Finance Organization
Jason Winings, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing

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2017 Thriving Workplace Survey:

The second Thriving Workplace Initiative (TWI) survey will launch on October 9th and remain open until October 20th. Look for an email from Gallup on October 9th with a confidential link to take the survey.

Your feedback is important and the survey gives you an opportunity to help shape the future of the Division of Administration and Finance. Thank you for your participation and support.

  • Take the survey anytime between October 9th - October 20th.
  • It's quick and convenient.
  • Participation is optional, and strongly encouraged. Responses are 100% confidential. 
  • Share honest feeback and make your voice heard.