In 2019 and 2020, Voices continued its history of supporting the missions of the university. In addition to its strong connection to the Center for Positive Organizations (including partnerships with faculty members Jane Dutton and Jeff DeGraff, plus serving as a research partner for alumnus Adam Grant), Voices participated in the Michigan Medicine Best Change Survey. This innovative diabetes prevention study sought input from a diverse cross-section of U-M employees. Voices was tailor-made to help!
“The feedback on our study messaging from Voices of the Staff has been absolutely critical in ensuring that our study messages are both understandable and engaging for U-M staff and faculty.” - Dr. Jeff Kullgren
One major challenge to the future of work is defining “where” we work. In fact, developing a diversified workplace location strategy is a key finding of the Workplace Innovation and the Staff Experience (WISE) Committee. The committee was charged by CFO Kevin Hegarty to identify what supports for staff members in sustaining their work as the campus emerges from the pandemic and beyond; remotely, in-person or a combination of the two.
More than half of the 20-member WISE committee are Voices of the Staff members. The implementation of the recommendations, the ongoing effort of applying these ideas into our workplace, will be led in large by Voices teams.
We will match the themes from WISE recommendations to the teams of Voices in order to clarify and codify issues around intermediate actions. And further charge the teams to take on the tasks needed to strategically develop a long-term plan that is effective and embraced by our staff.