From Kevin’s Desk: Small Moves, Big Impact (3/19/2021)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

I recently had the opportunity to speak with U-M professor Wayne Baker’s MBA students and share a little about our efforts to create a positive and inclusive organization. Wayne is the faculty director of the Center for Positive Organizations and also serves on the search committee for the next EVPCFO. His students were so interested in the positive work environment we are creating in B&F.  I was so proud to talk about our journey and share highlights of the incredible work you all do to Make Blue Go!

After the class, Wayne shared a story about another Ross professor. When that professor moved to his home office after the pandemic hit, he left a potted plant in his campus office and a note asking the custodian to water it once in a while if they had time. When he returned to his office recently, he was amazed to find that his plant hadn’t just survived, but was thriving. Next to the plant was a written log noting each time the plant was watered. Even more incredible, the handwriting was different each time!  Several members of our F&O custodial team collaborated to keep this plant alive. Wow! This story is such a wonderful example of teamwork, as well as a testament to the power of small acts of kindness. It is also another great reminder of how much our custodians ROCK!

This week marked the annual change to Daylight Saving Time. Changes like these make us more vulnerable to sleep deprivation. Lucky for us, our colleagues in MHealthy have created the Good Night, Sleep Right Challenge – an eight-week program that teaches five key behaviors to support healthy sleep. Getting better rest can help improve both your physical and mental health. I encourage you to check out this challenge – even small changes to your sleep habits can yield big improvements in your quality of life. Registration will remain open through March 22.

With much appreciation and gratitude,