Tracking progress: How you are shaping UAB's future


More than 2,800 faculty and staff shared their thoughts on their workplace experiences in the UAB Campus Engagement Survey from April 12-26, 2017. Key themes that emerged included a desire for:



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greater communication from and with senior leadership    enhanced managerial/leadership training and clear paths for career growth    improved consistency in performance management processes



Changes in response to the survey findings are happening across campus.

New programs and initiatives are improving the way we engage at UAB and making this an even better place to work. Here is a selection of some of the changes underway:


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  • Quarterly meetings of UAB senior leadership began in January to enhance alignment and communication of institutional initiatives.


  • Town halls throughout the fall and winter allowed all faculty/staff to hear directly from senior leadership on institutional initiatives, ask questions and provide input. These included town halls to share Forging the Future, UAB's strategic plan; updates on UAB's new budget model; and the development of the UAB Grand Challenge. (You can watch these town halls at the sites linked above.) Other recent town halls have addressed topics of campus-wide interest, including parking and transportation, campus vending changes and the Process Improvement Committee. Suggestions to the committee have already led to significant enhancements, with several key projects nearing completion, including rollout of the purchasing card (P-Card) program.


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    University Relations has hired a senior-level professional to develop and implement new internal communications practices and tools to alleviate information overload and better target on-campus messaging.


  • Several areas have launched regular times for team members to meet with leaders to discuss questions and concerns, including a "coffee hour with Tom" in Development and Alumni and Affairs, a "tea time with the Chief" for all staff with UAB Police and "Coffee with the CHRO" for new hires in Human Resources.


  • New communication channels are helping to ensure regular dialogue between faculty/staff and leaders. Examples include quarterly "state of the division" meetings in University Relations, and the introduction of unit-wide enewsletters and central email addresses in several areas to allow employees to share concerns and suggestions.


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  • A new managerial development program from UAB Learning and Development launched this spring to help managers around the university develop and hone their skills.


  • In February, the UAB Staff Council launched a campus-wide staff mentoring program with a "Taking Charge of Your Career" seminar, the first of a series of planned events.


  • Human Resources has established a work group to address growth and career development opportunities through Taleo profiles and skill definitions.


  • The School of Health Professions is developing an education program on crucial conversations, crucial confrontations and crucial accountability for school leadership.


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  • At the direction of President Watts, minimum standards for performance management at UAB have been established and will be fully implemented by Oct. 1, 2018.


  • Schools and units are working to standardize the performance management process across their areas. The School of Engineering, for example, is developing a consistent performance-management plan for the school. After laying the groundwork with Human Resources and department chairs, the plan will move forward during the spring 2018 semester through town hall-style meetings with faculty. Development and Alumni Affairs is implementing increased transparency with metrics and standardization for the staff evaluation process.


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