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Engaging Faculty and Staff at the University of Minnesota

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Making Work Better—TEDxUMN Talk From Prof. Theresa Glomb

Professor Theresa Glomb studies how work is good, how it is bad, and how to make it better. Her research has looked at mood and well-being at work in dozens of companies with thousands of workers. Theresa is trying to help others create positive experiences at work through growth, happiness, and satisfaction. Ultimately, she’s trying to make work great (or at least a little better). In this TEDxUMN talk she shares with us three ways to improve our working lives.

Learn some simple, research-based ideas on how everyone can make their work life more engaging, meaningful, and fulfilling.

Campus Conversation with University-Wide Results Held

If you were unable to join Vice President Kathy Brown and Dr. Brandon Sullivan on April 13 for the Campus Conversation, "2014 Employee Engagement," is available as a WebEx or PowerPoint presentation. Vice President Brown and Dr. Sullivan provided an overview of 2014 responses for the entire University, compared year-to-year results, and supplied context on the data and situations that may be shaping results.

Employee Engagement Quick Links

The University of Minnesota Engagement Model

E2 Employee Engagement supports the University's commitment to meet its academic and research mission by creating workplaces that energize, empower, and enhance faculty and staff. Engagement profoundly shapes both the quality of the faculty and staff experience, as well as workplace outcomes. It impacts recruiting, retaining, and developing top talent, as well as collaboration and innovation. For individuals, it affects both resilience and well being.

The University of Minnesota uses a unique model to measure engagement of faculty and staff on all campuses:

UMN E2 Model

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Types of Resources

The University of Minnesota has developed many resources to help leaders and individual contributors to take action in support of employee engagement. Over 75 resource sheets and tools are available to help leaders think about how to take the next step based on the survey data for their faculty and staff. This website includes three key types of information to help in this process: Resources for Understanding Employee Engagement, Tools and Tips, and Tools.

Resources for Understanding Employee Engagement provide an overview of the key metric or dimension along with which survey questions relate to this dimension, self-reflection questions for leaders, discussion questions for groups, possible action-planning activities and questions.
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Tools and Tips are PDF documents that provide a one-page summary of a tool and information on how to use the tool with faculty and staff, including an assessment of how long it will take to complete. Tools and Tips include a hyperlink to the online tool, which can be an article, video, website, or other information.
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Tools are hyperlinks that go directly to a tool, such as an article or video.   
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E2 survey presented in ireland

Director of Leadership and Talent Development, Brandon Sullivan, Ph.D., presented a research paper with University faculty member Kenneth Bartlett, Ph.D., and doctoral student Sowath Rana to the 16th International Human Resource Development Conference in Cork, Ireland in June.

The E2 Employee Engagement Survey served as a case study to examine how an employee engagement programs can be developed in higher education.
[July 14, 2015]

Upcoming national presentation

Brandon Sullivan, Ph.D., director of leadership and talent development, and Jennifer Engler, Psy.D., LP, manager of employee engagement, will present at the CUPA-HR annual conference in September. The University of Minnesota will co-present with the University of Missouri to compare how both institutions approach employee engagement surveys.
[July 14, 2015]


The University's employee engagement program received the Midwest Region Excellence in Human Resource Practices Award from CUPA-HR in 2014.

The engagement program was recognized for improving the quality of programs through effective human resource administrative practices, creative application of human resource principles, and strong leadership.
[May 14, 2014]