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A staff council was formed in 2018 to work with the dean’s office in an effort to strengthen ties between employees in the business school, enrich the school through more efficient and thoughtful processes, and improve our personal and professional outcomes.

These leaders began their roles by serving as partners working to ensure the success and enduring impact of the Employee Engagement processes. As that process nears completion in 2019, the council will transition to its permanent role serving to advance the goals of the Engagement process and to serve as a sounding board and conduit for communication between staff and the dean’s office.

If you have questions or comments, please email rbsc@rice.edu and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

Inaugural Rice Business Staff Council

Rice Business Employee Engagement Project

Based on the results of a recent Gallup Employee Engagement Survey, areas for improvement were identified in overall employee satisfaction. Volunteer project teams were created to address five focus areas:

  1. Professional & Career Development
  2. Implementation
  3. Communication
  4. Recognition
  5. Onboarding

What exactly are we doing?

  • Creating opportunities for change from within
  • Improving what we already do every day
  • Encouraging teamwork and creativity
  • Making recommendations to the dean

Why?

  • To improve relationships with our colleagues
  • To advance the way we work
  • To keep our work meaningful and rewarding

What's next?

  • We will be presenting the dean with recommendations beginning in February 2019
  • Stay tuned for more information on how you and your department can get involved
  • If you aren’t a part of this project yet and you’d like to join, email Melinda English

Want more info? Check out our FAQs:

For those of you newer to Rice Business, the school asked employees to participate in this survey to gather feedback. In general, it’s a way for organizations, leaders, managers and individuals to focus on what employees need for their current and future performance and development goals.

Gallup's research strongly recommends using a theme to unify efforts to address the results of any Gallup survey performed, and we found that "Making Magic Happen" is a theme that resonates.

Making Magic Happen

Implementation — Leads: Kailen Bond and Danielle Riley
Sponsor: Kathleen Clark
Team: Rebecca BrownWeezie Mackey, Samantha Lozano, Tatianna Aker and Kalyn Speck

Professional and Career Development — Leads: Pat Salas
Sponsor: Michael Koenig
Team: Abbey Hartgrove, Megan Gossett, Margaret Kazibwe and Lynder Watson

Onboarding — Leads: Jody Sommer
Sponsor: Deanna Golden
Team: Lue Vega, Sue Hochman, Kari Mullen and Kaylie Huizenga

Communication — Leads: Troy Tabner and Anitra Ashewood
Sponsor: Fabiola Currarino
Team: Lina Bell, Kyle Rowland, Elise McCutchen and Zoe Sullivan

Recognition/Events — Leads: Crystal Grant and Tiffany Stott
Sponsor: Katherine Schieffelin
Team: Derek Hill, Eduardo Martinez, Carmen Rogers, Emily Reichenbach and Sarah Kubena

Supervisor/Leadership Group Coaching — Advisors: Deanna Golden and Ben Guest
Sponsor: Melinda English

The Employee Engagement project will last about one year. However, some of the changes implemented as a result of the project will continue beyond the year mark.

To succeed, the project needs your input and support, with the goals of a better workplace and better communication.

The Rice Business Staff Council is the ongoing structure to continue the work of the Employee Engagement Project teams beyond the conclusion of this project.

Big kudos to our in-house graphic designer Eddie Martinez for creating the “Making Magic Happen” logo.

Making Magic Happen