Office of the Chancellor

CACS Question – October 2013

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Responses to CACS Question – October 2013

What are routine ways in which you and/or staff members you know work to meet the administrative challenges we share?

Thank you for your input to our question, What are routine ways in which you and/or staff members you know work to meet the administrative challenges we share?


Teamwork every day!

We all work with our managers to make sure our operational area is covered when we have things to deal with outside of work. We talk to one another throughout the day to make sure we each address issues that arise with the best and most current information available.

Reviewing current practices and looking for areas in which to improve efficiencies is challenging and rewarding when efficiencies are discovered.

I am a faculty member. I want to say how much I appreciate what staff do for this university. I think some faculty do not fully understand the extent to which we rely on staff to oversee the processes that keep things going. When I hear the word "red tape" or "bureaucracy" coming from a colleague, I cringe, because every rule that’s in place was probably designed in response to a problem, infringement, or ambiguity. Faculty oversee the academic mission and teaching of the university; staff oversee an extraordinary number of processes that support those missions. I am thankful every day for what they do.

We endeavor to complete a greater amount of increasingly complex work for a growing number of students and faculty and try to manage an often high-stress workplace while making the students and faculty feel welcome, "homey" and attended to.

Remaining flexible and maximizing available resources. Developing teamwork and group cooperation within our division to utilize expertise and labor resources the the greatest possible level in order to compensate for increased workloads and limited staffing.

We try to maintain a sense of humor and work harder than before. Time management is of the essence. Often we cross-train so we are able to step in for our co-workers should they be out of the office.

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