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Taking One Action

Approachable, receptive and genuine were words staff used to describe University of Miami President Julio Frenk during a recent session of Conversations with President Frenk. Launched earlier this year as the president’s “One Action” in response to the results of the faculty and staff engagement survey, the quarterly sessions allow employees to share ideas and concerns with him.

“I saw the invitation and was impressed. It’s not common for the leader of such a large organization to meet directly with staff,” said Michael Malone, director of editorial services for University Communications. “I had been at the University for only two months, and this was my opportunity to meet the president and learn more about where the University is headed.”

After a brief introduction, Frenk invited members of the group, which was open to staff with less than five years of service, to share their experiences of working at the U while he took notes.

“The president established trust with the group from the start, which made it easy for everyone to open up,” commented Hilda Garcia, senior administrative assistant with health information integrity. “He was genuinely interested in what we had to say, and I believe he will do what it takes to make improvements across the University.”

Fifteen staff members attended each of the first two sessions, which were held on the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses. The sessions are intentionally small to allow the president to engage with each participant. Conversations with President Frenk will continue in the fall, with open invitations to other groups of faculty and staff posted in Veritas.

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Ready to Become an ‘I Am the U’ Facilitator?

The University’s UFacilitators, a group of volunteers who audition to host new employees at the new “I Am the U” orientation, have welcomed hundreds of faculty and staff since the program launched in January. Now the program is hosting auditions for a new class of UFacilitators who will welcome new employees to the University.

As a UFacilitator you will have the opportunity to impact our workforce from day one by sharing stories, inspiring others to share theirs, and showing everyone why it’s great to be a Miami Hurricane.

If you are energetic, have a strong passion for the U, and are capable of influencing positive change, we need you!

To learn more about the UFacilitator program please email iamtheu@miami.edu and we will email you a calendar invite to join a webinar presentation for one of two dates of your choosing:

Wednesday, June 21, at 1 p.m.

 Thursday, June 22, at 11 a.m.

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Join Hundreds of ‘Canes and Share a Thank You

ThankUCardFrom lending a hand, to treating patients like family, more than 600 UM faculty and staff have been recognized for acts of service and kindness across the U. Officially launched during the University’s Week of Well-Being, and created by the Office of Institutional Culture, the online ThankU tool offers employees a quick and easy way to recognize their colleagues. Log in and share a ThankU today at umculture.miami.edu.

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Ensuring a Safe Virtual Connection

MadeForU-608x342virtual private network (VPN) is a secure connection between your computer and any website or application. Connecting to the Internet via a VPN adds an extra layer of security on your computer by encrypting your data. Whether you are browsing the Internet while having coffee at your local cafe or logging in to your bank account while traveling abroad, a VPN creates a private and secure virtual connection between you and the web! Learn more about the VPN via UMIT’s showcase, “Made for U.”

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TALK for Success for FY17 Closes May 31

05-22-17-TALK-608x342TALK for Success will close Wednesday, May 31, for the FY17 performance management process. As a reminder, FY17 evaluations must be submitted in Workday for staff to receive any applicable merit increases. On June 1, leaders may begin using Workday year-round to start documenting TALK conversations. Leaders may log on to Workday at any time throughout the year to input goals and comments about their employees’ performance and progress. Additional reminders will be sent throughout the year, and tip sheets will be available on the TALK website on any new or enhanced features to the system. If you have any questions, please call your HR partner.

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