March is Employee Appreciation Month. UMHS leadership is hosting breakfast, lunch or dinner at all our sites as a way to say “thank you.” We also conduct our annual Employee Engagement Survey this month. There are only two more days to participate in it.
I’m happy to say the IT department is at an overall participation rate of 66% compared to 48% for all of UMHS. We had a 90% participation rate in IT two years ago. It was my first year as the new CIO and I made it very clear to the people on staff that I couldn’t address problems in the department if I didn’t know what they were. I needed their input!
Based on the survey results two years ago, we established four workgroups to focus on several key areas. Some areas we were definitely weak on and others we were OK but knew we could improve – recognition and appreciation, employee development and training, service excellence and teamwork.
While we’ve made good progress in all these areas, I’m the first to admit there is still far more work to do.
I have been encouraging our IT department staff to “Make Your Voice Heard.” There are multiple channels for staff to give me and the entire leadership team input and feedback. In addition to Continue reading