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 survey was administered again in 2017 and garnered over 7,300 responses.

The Office of the Vice President convened a work group in 2016 to discuss ways in which the Division can take action on the survey results. The TWI Work Group, now in its second iteration, continues to discuss best practices, identify successes and challenges for the Division, and provide supervisors with helpful resources.

2018 Work Group Members:
Kate Cavanaugh, Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk
Karen Contreras Cruz, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing
August Kenner, Public Safety  
Johnny Li, Finance Organization        
Ava-Lisa Macon, Facilities Management
Kathy Moody, Finance Organization       
Amanda Perlman, Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk 
Bob Pils, Facilities Management 
Alesia Ruiz, University Human Resources
Dana Wimbish, Public Safety  
Joe Windsor, University Human Resources
Roxene Kastens, Facilities Management - co-chair 
Jason Winings, Procurement & Strategic Sourcing - co-chair

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THANK YOU for participating in the 2017 Thriving Workplace Initiative (TWI) survey! From 2016 to 2017, both Gallup scores for engagement and inclusiveness increased for the Division of Administration and Finance.  See the full results by clicking the image above.