The Building Great Places to
Work Initiative at the University of Michigan focuses on enhancing
local working climates (such as your office), in order to
support each of us in working/contributing at our best.
The initiative supports operating units in looking
at the quality of their working environments, and endeavoring
to become "great places to work." We believe such
workplaces are those, more than anything else, where people
experience mutual trust, mutual respect, and success. This
site is designed to provide tools and support to encourage
University operating units to challenge themselves on these
Building Great Places to Work will help:
- Great departments on campus share their successful
- Department heads and managers critically
evaluate their own workplaces, and find ideas to make them
- Faculty and staff members learn about the
different workplaces on campus
- Individuals get involved in ideas that change
their own workplace for the better
The work so far
Taking advantage of many faculty/staff surveys
and focus groups already conducted at UM over the last decade,
the Design Team analyzed your responses, and, based on those
responses, compiled a Draft Statement
of Goals for the University's Workplaces for review and
discussion in the campus community.
Because the University is many organizations,
with many business purposes and cultures, and because intellectual
energy and philosophical disagreement are hallmarks of a university,
the statement will remain a draft, for your discussion, revision,
and application to your own workplaces.
From those same responses and from nationwide
research, the Design Team recognized six areas of importance,
for any workplace to be truly great:
of great workplaces
- A climate of trust.
- Knowledge of the importance of our work, and involvement
in achieving meaningful outcomes.
- Recognition: Knowing that others know our work is meaningful;
appreciation for what we do.
- Career support: Knowing that my department cares about
and supports my success, because the more successful I am,
the more I contribute to my department's success.
- A workplace that's flexible, so that people can carry out
their family responsibilities AND their work responsibilities.
- Perks and privileges that go beyond staff benefits, and
that are equally available to everyone who works here.
Background on Building Great Places to
Building Great Places to Work (BGPW)
began as an initiative of University Human Resources in 2002. A design team of staff from across campus worked through the 2002–2003 academic year to create the format and the approaches you'll see in this website. BGPW is supported by a cross-functional steering
committee and a faculty advisory committee.
Betsy Jo Tieden
|Leslie De Pietro
|| Work/Life Resource Center
|Karen S. Dickinson
||IT Central Services
||Compensation and Classification
|Sarah Beth Ely
||Center for the Education of Women
|Theresa D. Gleason
||Plant Building Services
|Sally M. Johnson
||Building Great Places to Work
||College of Literature, Science and the Arts
||Community Health Services
|Tina Louise Pryor
||School of Dentistry
|Stephen L. Raymond
||Hospital Operations & Support Services
| Business Administration
||Natural Resources and the Environment
Unique solutions for unique units
The Design Team realized that no single, campus-wide
campaign could be effective for every part of the University.
We are just too different.
Therefore, we will encourage schools, colleges, and service
and business units to set their own goals for workplace excellence,
to honor their own professional cultures, and to begin when
and where it makes sense. Research
and projects in some units are already underway!
We can help
- We've developed this website to provide ideas, models
and tools that will help.
- The continuing Steering Committee exists to support you,
and to continue to build this web resource.
- You can contact
us to consult with you.
- You can contract with HRD
to undertake efforts specifically designed to fit your unit.
Now it's up to you! Talk to your colleagues. Explore the
website. Look for ideas that fit. Have some fun. And please
contact us to
offer suggestions or volunteer your time and talents! Together
we can make our workplaces sing.