This page encourages a connection between colleagues, as well as provides ways to learn, grow, and stay engaged with campus life as we know it.
Read on to explore how you can: give thanks to the campus community, tell us about your experiences, rediscover how to take care of yourself and your family, understand the conversation on race and inequality, and maintain your professional growth journey.
Whether you are working at home or on campus with social distancing, it is no easy adjustment. Above all, know that we are in this together, once again proving how much we value the people with whom we work, as a team, contributing to the excellence of Princeton.
I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of our staff during this time of crisis. There is nothing easy about these times, and you have shown great fortitude, flexibility, and willingness to deal with the many changes that have made a profound difference in the life of our University community.
Lianne Sullivan-Crowley, Vice President for Human Resources
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From the beginning, our frontline heroes worked on-site supporting students while others set up makeshift "offices" at home.
Now this summer, more employees are needed to work on campus to support reopened research labs and library operations. Throughout this crisis, we all play an important role to enable the University to operate and remain open.
Take a moment to thank a colleague, your team, a whole department, or anyone in our Princeton community for keeping things running, finding new solutions, taking care of people, and maintaining the campus.
A simple message can make all the difference.
"We all have been facing new and unique challenges when it comes to managing our work, life, children, and extended families. Simply put, it is not easy and you may feel the need for help. We want you to know that Princeton has many resources in place to support you through this trying time."
We encourage you to rediscover #YourPrincetonBenefits and take advantage of the physical, mental, and financial well-being resources to help you deal with issues brought on and/or intensified by the coronavirus.
“As individuals, we all want to be seen, know that we are valued, and feel as though we belong. Achieving this requires that we build connections with people who are different than ourselves and embark on a journey of continuous growth and learning. Part of that education relies on our ability to listen intuitively, show empathy, and gain comfort being uncomfortable. Let us all be empowered to do this as we work to create an even more inclusive Princeton.”
The 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Summer Series was offered virtually in four weekly sessions between July 9 and August 5.
Refer to the event webpage for details and links to session recordings.
There are resources available to help you process your feelings, acquire tools to create a more inclusive workplace, and develop a fuller understanding of the race-related issues that confront our country. Visit Inclusivity Resources for Employees for more information on these learning opportunities and webinars.
Our Employee Resource Groups strive to create a more inclusive environment, increase cultural understanding, and help build community within the University whether working remotely or on campus. Membership in all ERGs is open to all employees, regardless of identity. If you are not currently a member, participating is an excellent way to build relationships, collaborate, socialize, learn, and grow.
The groups also engage in local outreach projects, most recently volunteering to make 324 face coverings for frontline workers, which were distributed on and off campus.
“Working from home has landed us in unfamiliar territory, but how we approach this situation is key to our success. Our team has introduced virtual learning opportunities and resources so you can resume or continue on your professional journey.”
Visit Learning and Development Updates During COVID-19 for information on how programs have adapted to this new learning environment.
There’s more good news. #StaffLearningAtPrinceton can happen any time with the new Learn Something Series, a curated collection of articles, videos, and activities. Topics relevant to this time include building resilience in crisis, building trust remotely, and building a communication culture when working remotely. The series is ideal for staff at all levels, including managers who are looking for ways to keep their teams connected.