From Kevin’s Desk: The Case for Compassion and Kindness (3/26/2021)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

Last week, President Schlissel announced plans for the university to return to campus this fall. Most classes will be taught in person, residence halls will be open, and athletic events will resume. In B&F, we are in the process of developing our own plans for the fall and contemplating what the future workplace might be like. None of us have a playbook for this kind of situation, so it will inevitably involve some trial and error as we decide on and implement a path forward. Thank you for your continued dedication to Making Blue Go during these challenging times. We look forward to letting you know more about our plans in the coming months. 

I want to encourage you to watch a wonderful interview with Ross professors Jane Dutton and Monica Worline about their research on workplace compassion. One key takeaway for me was learning more about the business case for compassion and its role in increasing organizational performance – not just in times of crisis, but in everyday operations. The interview was originally recorded to support our positive energizers’ recent “compassion and kindness” challenge. I hope you’ll take time to watch it.

I also want to thank our positive energizers and all of you who participated in the B&F Spice Drive for the Maize and Blue Cupboard. Overall, nearly 600 spices were donated along with other essential items! Your kindness and support helps ensure that our university community members in need have the necessary ingredients to make a comforting meal. I want to thank Dyan Jenkins-Ali (UHR) and Anya Dale (F&O) for their work to coordinate this wonderful effort. To everyone involved – YOU ROCK!!!

With much appreciation and gratitude,