University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement

University Staff Share Successful Work Strategies

October 1, 2012

The Black Faculty and Staff Association recently hosted a staff and faculty panel to provide staff with successful work strategies as they start a new academic year.

Del Watson

Panelists consisted of three faculty members and three staff members. The staff representatives included Angela Hodge from the Office of Technology Commercialization, Sam Riley from UT Law School and Del Watson from McCombs School of Business.

When asked what they personally do to insure success at work Riley said that collaboration, kindness and a willingness to assist others have helped him to navigate his career at the university. He started out in financial aid, and now works in admissions. Hodge shared that she was promoted to manager in three years through hard work and having a sponsor, or someone who speaks well of you when you are not in the room. Watson, who works in human resources, said a challenge she encounters is working with multiple generations who may have different expectations about work. She always reminds staff that they should fully understand what the job entails, and what is being expected of them.

Other helpful tips that can go a long way in interacting with others include learning about different cultures and finding out the correct way to pronounce people’s names.

Dr. Patricia Clubb, vice president for university operations, reminded attendees that they should take advantage of university resources offered on campus. These resources include CareerSmart professional development opportunities, visiting campus museums, libraries and speaker engagements, and participating on the UT Staff Council. To find out more about the council, visit http://www.utexas.edu/staff/council/.

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