Comments from staff/nominators:
Dennis encourages his staff to be more proactive in the decision making process and ownership of the laboratory (this includes HR decisions, budgetary control, resource allocation, and the merit review process.) He focuses on the mission of the laboratory and strives to make every staff member perceive the laboratory as their own.
This has led to unprecedented growth and the success of the research community utilizing the facility. Staff are encouraged to own problems, not silo their perceived responsibilities (staff cover each other and coordinate responsibilities and time-off).
He leads by example and follows the same rules he enforces for the entire staff. He sets high expectations but always ensures that his staff have adequate resources to meet those expectations.
Dennis is very flexible with staff work schedules. He has varied starting and stopping times to accommodate family needs as well as educational/developmental needs. He adjusted staff hours when gas prices rose allowing four ten-hour days for staff to lower their fuel costs and help the environment.
Through his positive practices, Dennis has truly empowered his staff to take ownership, improve productivity, and provide outstanding services to the user community. The morale and confidence of the staff are commensurate with the outstanding success of the laboratory.
Best practices in use:
- Flexible start/stop times
- Compressed schedule
- Part-time employment
- Flex place (telecommuting)
- Gradual return to work
Dennis is very flexible with staff work schedules. He has varied starting and stopping times to accommodate family needs as well as educational/developmental needs.