Enhance the employee experience as a member of Voices of the Staff

March 13, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Voices of the Staff participants.

Voices of the Staff, a volunteer-based program that gives staff members a forum for sharing ideas and defining the campus community issues that matter most, is now accepting applications.

Voices of the Staff consists of six network teams, each with a specific area of focus. The teams are

  • Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Enhancing the employee experience
  • Embracing change and leading at all levels
  • Fostering learning, coaching and mentoring
  • Leveraging technology; and
  • Striving for well-being.

“Voices of the Staff has opened the door to amazing opportunities for me to grow at the university,” said Dan Rife, building services director for the College of Literature, Science and Arts and Voices team member. “I gained experience facilitating a cross-unit team; I was able to provide feedback on the prevention of sexual misconduct; and I also had the opportunity to sit on a hiring committee at the associate vice president level.”  

Network teams are often called on to provide creative and effective staff input, develop resources and special events, and meet with key university leaders. Recent examples include Voices members

  • providing input on campus climate issues;
  • developing staff diversity, equity and inclusion events;
  • serving on selection committees for universitywide recognition events.

“It has helped shift my focus from my personal growth to helping those around me grow at the university,” said Rife. “And in this way, it has helped me grow as a leader in my career. I strongly recommend that any staff interested in making our workplace the best it can be to get involved with Voices.”

To participate, interested staff must apply for membership at voices.umich.edu by March 31. The website also has more information about the network teams, eligibility requirements and the selection process.

Apply to join Voices of the Staff by March 31. 

Website: https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m/workplace-improvement/voices-staff/how-you-can-participate-voices/application-voices-network-team-membership