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Washington University School of Medicine Partners with Sevenly to Invest in People

Washington University School of Medicine Partners with Sevenly to Invest in People

 The leadership team in the Operations & Facilities Management Department at Washington University School of Medicine poses in the Mid Campus Center while wearing Sevenly’s “Be the Change” t-shirts to promote employee empowerment and development.

The leadership team in the Operations & Facilities Management Department at Washington University School of Medicine poses in the Mid Campus Center while wearing Sevenly’s “Be the Change” t-shirts to promote employee empowerment and development.

Washington University believes that People Matter.

To make the point, they have partnered with Sevenly to outfit medical school students and staff with World Changer apparel and accessories, so they can “wear their stories” about their intention to help make the world better.

The Medical School’s “People and Place” program has included topics such as education benefits, health and wellness, community engagement and team-building. For all monthly programs, the staff has been provided a giveaway that ties the monthly program topic to a takeaway the employees can use, wear or read – promoting the message of the month to long after the program itself had ended.  A partnership with Sevenly Outfitters has provided some notable gifts to correspond with the School’s monthly topics.

The program started with a message of being the leaders of and for change called “Be the Change.” To kick off the program, the department gave out Sevenly’s best-selling “Be the Change” t-shirts to its leadership staff and scheduled a photograph in the summer of 2017 in the Mid Campus Center. The photograph has stood as an emblem of staff empowerment for the pilot year of the People and Place Program.

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In February of 2018, staff were given a “People Matter” coffee mug for a presentation by an OFMD Program Manager who spoke about his incredible journey of overcoming obstacles. In July, the department handed out t-shirts with the message “Our World, Our Future”. For this presentation, Dr. Will Ross, the associate dean for diversity at Washington University School of Medicine and a professor of medicine in the Nephrology Division, spoke about health disparities in the St. Louis area and challenged Washington University School of Medicine staff, faculty and students to acknowledge and work to change inequality in health care.

“We feel privileged to support WashU’s amazing commitment to its people, and the communities they serve,” said Jim Van Eerden, Sevenly co-founder. “Each item they selected from our World Changer Collection creates conversations, and gives to others through non-profits ranging from social inclusion programs in schools to child sponsorships. It’s a great initiative that we think is a model for other colleges and universities.”

The University’s innovative “People and Place” program is centered on the Medical School’s mission, values and goals and the importance of employees in the delivery of its service mission which is an essential element of the department’s success. The program strives to empower employees to focus on “people,” described as a reinvestment in employees as individuals, as teams, in the community and on the campus they serve. It also wants to empower employees to focus on “place,” which is the pride and sustainability of the physical environment, continuing to achieve process and cost efficiencies while expanding and enhancing services.

The first year of the People and Place Program stresses the importance of individual empowerment and education in the Operations & Facilities Management Department as part of the service mission of Washington University’s Medical School. The program will continue in fiscal year 2019 with a goal of further employee empowerment.  The Operations and Facilities Management Department continues to set national trends in operational leadership for its continued commitment to employees, customers and the stewardship of place.

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