Professional Development

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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Passionate About the Success of the U? Become an Engagement Champion!


The University of Miami’s first class of Engagement Champions will coach leaders and serve as experts on engagement.

As leaders across the University prepare to share the Faculty and Staff Gallup Engagement Survey results with their teams, a group of volunteers is training to become Engagement Champions and lend a hand. With a love for the U and its future success, Engagement Champions will coach leaders and serve as experts on engagement.

Nadia Castaing, director of accounts receivable management, is one of 25 of the University of Miami’s newest Engagement Champions.

“I wholeheartedly believe that when people and teams are engaged at work, they can achieve optimal results,” said Castaing. “I look forward to listening and learning from other leaders’ challenges and their plans to improve engagement in their areas.”

More spots are available to volunteer. To become an Engagement Champion, employees must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 1.5 years as full-time/permanent employee
  • Performance review of at least “meets standards” and no performance warnings for the past year
  • In a leadership position with direct reports, for at least a year
  • Successfully complete Engagement Champion training and preparation process

If you are interested in becoming an Engagement Champion and paving new paths of success at the U, please fill out the Commitment Form and submit it to engagementsurvey@miami.edu.


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Transform Your Career with the Essentials of Leadership Program

Transformational leaders make an impact on their teams on a personal and professional level. The University’s Essentials of Leadership Program (EOL) gives you the tools to transform your leadership skills and your career. Leaders begin the program by taking an individual assessment in order to determine areas of strength and opportunity. The four-month program includes interactive courses, leadership discussions, experiential learning activities, and coaching based on your individualized assessment in order to help you meet your goals. Upon successful completion, participants will have the tools and foundational knowledge they need to become transformational leaders who understand how their contributions affect the University’s broader strategy.

Visit the EOL page for more information about this program and upcoming session dates.


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