From Kevin’s Desk: They ask and you answer (4/3/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

As we all cope with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, I continue to be amazed by the remarkable efforts of our B&F teams to respond to the needs of our campus. One outstanding example is the collaboration between F&O’s Hospital Maintenance and Campus Metal Shops teams, who have been working around the clock to build or modify negative pressure isolation rooms for Michigan Medicine’s COVID-19 patients. Using an innovative approach, the teams have worked together to equip hospital rooms with customized HEPA filter systems that eliminate any airborne particulates and make the rooms safer for caregivers. Their efforts have already resulted in 50 new isolation rooms! You can read more about this fantastic collaboration on our B&F website. Please join me in thanking these teams, along with the many others in B&F, who are supporting critical work in our hospitals.  You folks ROCK!!!

Given the unprecedented disruption to our normal operations, we have decided to postpone this year’s B&F Employee Engagement Survey, which was originally scheduled to open in mid-April. I want to assure you that we remain committed to responding to your feedback and using your input to create a more positive and inclusive work environment for everyone. We still hope to run the survey at some point this year and will make a final decision once we know more about the COVID-19 situation. I will keep you posted.

In the meantime, if your schedule allows, I want to encourage you to continue investing in your own professional and career development, which was the number one request reported in last year’s survey.  To help staff get just-in-time learning while working in a remote environment, UHR’s Organizational Learning team has converted a number of their programs to an online format and continues to offer courses from LinkedIn Learning free-of-charge. You can learn more about these programs on our B&F website.  

Lastly, I want to share a wonderful video from Michigan Medicine thanking everyone for donating much-needed supplies and equipment. It is a terrific example of how our community is coming together to support COVID-19 patients and those caring for them. To me, it offers a sign of hope in the midst of truly challenging times. Michigan Medicine is still accepting drop-off donations – a list of most-needed supplies can be found on the Michigan Medicine website.  

Thank you for all you are doing to take care of each other. We have compiled a list of resources to help, which you can find on our B&F website. Please be safe. We are all in this together.


With much appreciation and gratitude,