Teams & Issues: Work Climate Team

Work Climate Team

2013 Team Roster (PDF)


The VOICES of the Staff Work Climate team will focus on understanding attitudes and behaviors in the workplace that contribute to creating and fostering a positive work culture.  The team will explore ways that the work climate at the University of Michigan can support and sustain employee performance, creativity, and motivation through positive workplace interactions and organizational practices.


To examine the selected topic of Work Climate by:

  • Listening to, and learning from the work climate experiences of U-M staff to help address related issues that matter most for staff.
  • Learning about current best thinking with regards to the creation of work climates that motivates and improves performance at all levels.
  • Identifying opportunities and areas of interest, which could include such topics as communications, ethics, workplace safety.
  • Identifying and proposing mechanisms to support positive working relationships between employees and their managers.
  • Identifying mechanisms to generate and facilitate the flow of communication and information between different levels within work units (e.g. staff, managers, faculty, and physicians); promoting respectful communication and engagement that recognizes and values the contributions of each member of the unit.
  • Serving as a sounding board for new initiatives or strategies as they relate to improving and enhancing the university‚Äôs work climate.
  • Finding ways to share what is learned with the wider staff community.


The Work Climate Team has compiled a list of resources for improving the workplace. Click here:

View the Work Climate Team's progress report and list of recommended resources prepared for the 2010 Annual Meeting.

Network Team Members

Work Climate Team Photo

Team Members Department

Christman, Kelli

Investigative Drug Service

Conte, Constance

Howell Pediatrics

Daum, Janet

Child and Adolescent Psych

Davis, Mary

Revenue Cycle

Emmons, Lana

Pediatric Cardiology

Erickson, Charlene

School of Dentistry

Henderson, James

Materiel Services

Link, Hope

Surgery Research Office

Mackniesh, Roberta

Patient Food/Nutrition Services

McCully, Samantha

Internal Medicine

Mettlach, Jim

Payroll Office

Phalin, Carl (Randy)

Materiel Services

Phillips, Julie

East Ann Arbor RAD

Provencher, DeLaney

CW Mott Respiratory Therapy

Rembert, Diane


Sarrica, Stephen


Schlaff, Patricia (Trisha)

UM-Dearborn Fairlane Events Center

Sharp, Jill


Snyder, Robyn


Urena, Lenny

Ctr for Latin Amer & Caribbean Studies


Advisors and Faculty Partners

Team Members Department

Barb Mulay

UHR Work/Life Resources

John Sonnega

UHR MHealthy

Tom Waldecker

UHR Faculty & Staff Assistance Program

Cassandra Willis-Abner

Managed Care Operations



Team Members Department
Val Palazzolo UHR Strategy & Planning
Juanita Parry Nursing Recruitment & Retention/HSHR


2013 Team Roster (PDF)

Contact the Work Climate Team

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