The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is partnering with the 100-Day Workout Diversity and Respect team to help make UMMC a more inclusive workplace. To date, projects include Coffee Talks and Word of the Month.
Through the Employee Engagement Coffee Talk program, employees have the opportunity to meet monthly with senior leaders from across the organization in small (no more than 12) informal groups to discuss current events, points of pride, and barriers experienced by staff.
This program launched in 2018, as a result of the 2017 Press Ganey Employee Engagement Survey Results, to improve survey “organizational respect” scores. From the 2017 survey results, responses relating to organizational respect were favorable and increased slightly in 2018. The Employee Engagement Coffee Talk program is an excellent opportunity to better understand key aspects driving perception. At the conclusion of each session, suggestions from employees are strongly taken into consideration and forwarded to the appropriate area leader to address for any potential action or change in practice.
Each month, there will be a meaningful, positive word posted around campus, underscoring UMMC’s values. The “Word of the Month” is a visual reminder of the institution’s standards when it comes to the promotion of a respectful and inclusive environment. Words are posted in the elevators and bulletin boards around campus. Managers are encouraged to post the word in their departments or units and to use the word as a “talking point” to stimulate dialogue with employees.