Professional Development

Office 365’s Forms, Sway, and Yammer

A snapshot of some of the productivity and communication tools available to all UM faculty, staff, and students through Microsoft Office 365: create basic surveys, questionnaires, and more with Office 365 Forms; captivate your audience with Office 365 Sway; and collaborate with your team, share knowledge, and engage everyone across the University with Office 365 Yammer. Learn more about these Office 365 tools via UMIT’s showcase, “Made for U.”


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Next Conversation with President Frank at the Miller School on May 22

Saff with less than five years of service are invited to register for the next Conversation with President Frenk on Monday, May 22, on the Miller School of Medicine campus.

The Conversations with President Frenk sessions reflect his personal “One Action” response to the Gallup Faculty and Staff Engagement Survey results. Sessions will be scheduled quarterly to provide staff from across the University the opportunity to share their ideas, thoughts, or concerns directly with the president relative to things University administration and local leaders are doing well and areas where they could do better.

To register, click here. The session will be held for one hour, and light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please email engagementsurvey@miami.edu.

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Meet Microsoft Teams: The New Chat-Based Workspace in Office 365

MicrosoftTeamsMicrosoft Teams, a chat-centered workspace in Office 365, brings people, conversations, files, and tools into one place so everyone has instant access to everything they need. Teams is now available to all faculty, staff, and students through Microsoft Office 365.

Microsoft Teams makes communicating one on one and with groups easy! Enjoy seamless real-time collaboration, schedule small group or team meetings, post an email in a thread to keep everyone in the loop, search for public teams to collaborate on shared projects, and see past content and chat history anytime.

Ready to start using Microsoft Teams? Log in by clicking here. For training, log in to Lynda.com and review the available Microsoft Teams training courses. For more information, check out the quick start guide or visit the Microsoft Teams service page.

If you have any questions, please review the FAQs or contact the UMIT Service Desk at 305-284-6565 or help@miami.edu.

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5 Simple Steps for Engagement Survey Action Planning

Leaders from across the University have received the Gallup Faculty and Staff Engagement Survey results, and now it’s time to take action. For help with the action planning process, visit miami.edu/engagementsurvey, and follow these 5 simple steps:

  1. Review your survey results on Gallup Online. Leaders received an email from Gallup Help in March with their login credentials. If you need a new login and password or if you’re experiencing difficulties logging in and accessing results, please contact Gallup Client Support by emailing ClientSupportTeam@gallup.com or calling 1-800-788-9987.
  2. Register for a webinar for help with understanding and interpreting the results. The next webinar is scheduled from Thursday, April 13 at noon. To register, visit ulearn.miami.edu and search for “Driving an Engaging Workforce.”
  3. Schedule time to meet with your team to review and discuss results. Talk to your team to gain their perspective and understand what the results mean to them. Collectively decide on one action that will help improve engagement. Additionally, choose one action that you will personally commit to that will help improve the engagement of your team.
  4. Submit your personal and team actions in Gallup Online by May 19.
  5. Follow-Up. On a monthly basis during your regular team meetings, take 10 minutes to review and recalibrate your team action plan.



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Learn How to Take Action on Survey Results April 4

Leaders are invited to participate in  a webinar on Tuesday, April 4, from 12 to 1 p.m. to learn how to analyze and take action on the results of the engagement survey. The Driving an Engaging Workforce course provides leaders with insights and tools they can use to create an environment in which their team members thrive and engagement is high.

During this course, participants will gain:

  • the empowerment necessary to take ownership of their team’s engagement
  • an understanding of the factors that influence engagement and how to use the 12 elements of engagement as a lens to improve team culture and performance
  • specific actions leaders and their team members can take to enhance the team’s engagement
  • tools and insights that will help leaders lead individual and team conversations about interpreting their team’s current state of engagement

To register for a live webinar, please visit ulearn.miami.edu and search for “Driving an Engaging Workforce”. 

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