From Kevin’s Desk: Tiny lessons, big impact (12/7/18)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

This week we officially welcomed our new Staff Ombuds, Jacquie Bowman, to the Business & Finance family. The goal of this new role is to provide staff across campus and Michigan Medicine with an impartial and confidential resource to help navigate conflicts and concerns. Since 2008, Jacquie has served as lead counselor and program specialist at the university’s Center for the Education of Women, and prior to that worked as an ombudsperson at the University of Illinois. We expect the Staff Ombuds Office to be up and running in early 2019 and Jacquie will begin seeing clients then. Please join me in welcoming Jacquie!

And speaking of staff support, one great way we can all support each other is to share what we know. Our colleagues at the Shared Services Center have formalized this idea through a cool program called Tiny Talks. Anyone at the SSC can deliver a Tiny Talk – a 10-minute lunchtime webinar presented via Blue Jeans. Topics have included everything from creating a killer resume to learning how to take great photos with your smartphone – and much, much more! Each of us is an expert on something, and Tiny Talks provides a fun and engaging way for staff to teach and learn from each other. (Maybe I should give a Tiny Talk on all the ways to use “y’all” in a sentence!) You can learn more about Tiny Talks on our B&F website.

Lastly, with winter upon us, I want to encourage you to find ways to care for your wellbeing. One great way is to sign up for Active U, MHealthy’s annual physical activity challenge. I love spotting people sporting their Active U t-shirts around Ann Arbor throughout the year. Register anytime between December 11 and January 7 for the chance to be one of them! Activity tracking starts on January 8, and I know I for one will be grateful for the reminder to get moving in 2019. Thanks to our MHealthy colleagues for coordinating this wonderful annual tradition!

With much appreciation and gratitude,



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