From Kevin’s Desk: Let’s Keep Making Blue Go! (3/13/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

As you heard from President Schlissel today, university health professionals have been closely monitoring the rapidly changing developments with coronavirus COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our campus community. We must all do our part to help prevent the spread of this virus, so please do follow the university’s guidelines. Please stay home if you are sick and discuss working arrangements with your leadership if you may have been exposed to the virus (through international travel or contact with someone who has been exposed). To help reduce the spread of the virus, we are also allowing staff to work remotely if this is possible, given the unique needs of their job.

We know that these constantly changing times are both difficult and stressful to navigate. Please know that the university is working diligently to ensure everyone’s safety and manage the wide-ranging impacts that this pandemic is causing. We will keep you updated with additional information as soon as we have it. You can read the most up-to-date information about the virus on the university’s public affairs website and/or the CDC website. Thank you all for all that you do to keep our campus and community safe!

Last week I shared that we were planning a pilot training to ensure managers have the skills and resources necessary to support staff development. Due to the university’s guidelines, we have postponed that training and plan to reschedule for the fall. Rest assured, your feedback around career and professional development still remains an extremely high-priority.

The positive energizers continue to encourage folks to make a 1% positive change to help contribute to our culture-building efforts. My own 1% positive change is to get out and visit with B&F teams more often. Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting with five of our B&F teams: F&O’s Logistics, Transportation & Parking-Parking Customer Service and Parking Maintenance; F&O’s Architecture, Engineering & Construction; UHR’s M-Healthy and F&O’s Environment, Health & Safety. You can check out some pictures from my time visiting with the teams last week on our website. Though each B&F team has a different function, every team plays a crucial role in helping this university operate safely and effectively. I truly appreciate the opportunity to learn about your work (not to mention the fun I had at Parking Maintenance’s chili cook-off)—you folks ROCK!

During times like these, it is so important that we continue to provide our campus with the services and resources needed to keep our university running smoothly—thank you for your commitment to Making Blue Go!

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Kevin