Proud of your own work? Perhaps you're a horticulturist,
proud of the University's gardens; or an admissions officer,
proud of outstanding students you have recruited; or an ITCS
staff member, proud of maintaining campus e-mail systems.
Whatever your role, work feels better when you feel pride
Here's what helps build
pride in your work:
Control: Even when you aren't the one in
charge, you can take charge of your work. HRD offers a variety
management courses to help you be an effective manager
of your own job.
Significance: Know how your daily work fits
in the mission of teaching, research, and service. What is
it that you do to support excellence in teaching and research?
Suggestion: as you think about this question, make notes of
the answers that come, and then find a way to share those
notes with your supervisor.
It's great when it happens. And you can't always make it happen.
But here's a great question to ask yourself: "What stops
me from doing my best work?" If the answer is, "Nothing!
I AM doing my best work!" then we hope you're already
proud, we hope you're being recognized, and we want you to
know that the University is proud of you. On the other hand,
if there is something stopping you, then discussing it with
your boss or with a mentor might just get an obstacle out
of your way, so you can achieve and be recognized.
Tell us how your work makes
in your team
What makes a team great? Here are a couple examples
of teams that know:
Development Associates Team, Plant Operations
Royal Flush Team, Plant Operations
To be great, teams need:
Collegiality: Check the Camaraderie
page for ideas.
Control: A little autonomy always helps.
With your teammates, watch for those places where you can
make a difference, a suggestion for improvement, or better
service to a customer. For some interesting perspectives on
teams in control of their work, see these articles
on self-managed teams.
Achievement: Great teams "get things
done that matter." They can point to significant contributions
— and they celebrate them. With your team, decide what
kind of celebrating makes sense.
Pride in your
What's already great about U-M? Plenty. And no matter what
your role, as a member of the University community, you play
a part in helping U-M meet its missions of education, research,
and health care. Now, that's something you can be proud of.
Want more? Take a look at our collection of UM
Accomplishments — some famous, some surprising.
It's a brief list, but we hope you'll help it grow. Contact
us with notice of other notable achievements.
Also, don't miss the "Did
U Know?" area. This section explores many things
that are Uniquely Michigan — points of interest, suggestions
for activities, perks available to UM employees, and so on.
Tell us what makes you proud
to be a Michigan Wolverine!