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Environment of Inclusion and Engagement for Staff »

What must be done to achieve this vision?

How do we create an environment of inclusion and engagement for staff?

"In 2025, IUPUI will be a campus with an established tradition of communication between Staff, Administration, and Faculty. Members of the campus community will engage in dialogue about relevant policies, practices, and procedures at IUPUI; fostering advocacy with administration and communication across all campuses in a diverse and inclusive environment."

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Submitted by Community Member 1 year ago

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    1 year ago

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  1. Formal mechanisms for communication need to be established within and between the various levels of IUPUI. Staff organizations should be established within all units and schools to provide staff a way to communicate with unit and school administrators. Having both staff and faculty representatives on various unit and campus committees insures that the views of all employees are represented. Campus administrators should have periodic town hall meetings that give IUPUI employees the opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinions about campus issues.

    1 year ago
    1. I love your idea of having the opportunity to voice our opinions, but they really don't care. I truly believe this is the way things are, they're fine with it, and they do not have any intentions of making changes to help staff. You can't teach an old dog new tricks. I have been here long enough to see that the people who stand up and try to be heard are smiled and nodded at, and then disregarded as soon as you leave.

      1 year ago
    2. There have been several town hall meetings on the IUPUI campus these past 5 years, but precious little is done that actually changes the culture on this campus. Administrators, Deans, and ALL supervisors must be held even more accountable than staff, as if there are problems at those high levels, all else below becomes a moot point, as lesser-paid employees are a mere microcosmic reflection of the many ills that hamper progress, staff development, creativity, and motivation, at this and any campus. Of course, that being said, staff must be held accountable, but there is too much cronyism, favoritism, and nepotism to think there will ever be equitiable & ethical ways to OBJECTIVELY measure staff skills, talent, and behaviors. The staff who do the most keep getting more to do, while those who don't do their part, continue to get the VERY same raises (or higher) as their peers who work much harder. This happens all over campus; it's by no means a phenomenon occuring at a campus unit or two. As a former supervisor, I tried my utmost to motivate and honor those staff who worked hard, to no avail. No longer a supervisor, I have seen & experienced first-hand the dysfunctional way that loyal, dedicated, and hard-working staff are often treated; it's disgraceful.

      1 year ago
  2. Not to be disingenuous, but the people who make decisions regarding entry- and mid-level wages, benefits, and upward mobility are not functionally accountable to anyone to do anything beyond the minimum adherence to labor regulations. Where is the motivation?

    1 year ago