From: Administrative E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Sun Oct 14 2007 - 19:07:57 MDT
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 19:07:57 -0600 (MDT) From: Administrative E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: Ombuds Office
TO: Boulder Campus Classified, Unclassified, Prof Exempt Staff,
Deans, Directors, Dept Chairs, System Administration
FROM: Ombuds Office
SENDER: Melinda Canino
DATE: October 15, 2007
SUBJECT: Ombuds Office
Are you living with workplace conflict?
Working in an environment where there is ongoing, unresolved conflict is
stressful, and exhausting. If you are experiencing conflict with a peer, within
a supervisory relationship, or among those you supervise consider contacting
the Ombuds Office. We provide a safe confidential setting where you may
candidly discuss your concerns and identify options for addressing them.
What kinds of things do staff members, supervisors, and staff administrators
have conflict about?
Some common conflicts involve: performance appraisal, communication, trust,
respect, and giving/receiving feedback.
If you meet with an Ombuds Office staff member s/he can:
--listen carefully and have an in depth conversation about your concerns
--help you expand the number of options you might consider for resolving
--answer your questions or help find someone who can
--coach you about effective communication strategies
--explain applicable University rules, policies, or procedures
--help you understand your rights and responsibilities and those of others
--mediate a dispute between you and someone else
--offer to speak to both or all parties separately and offer suggestions for
--facilitate a group discussion
The Ombuds Office can also help you to review your options if you:
--think you have been treated unfairly or your rights have been violated
--have work-related concerns about safety or your physical work environment
--have concerns about waste, fraud, or abuse
--experienced a lack of responsiveness or rude behavior from a University
--have concerns related to changes within your department and/or at the
--are unsure about whether or how University rules or policies apply to your
The Ombuds Office is located in Room 302 of the Willard Administrative Center.
If you'd like to meet with an ombudsperson, call 303-492-5077. Appointments
are usually available within a few days and are available over the noon hour.
For more detailed information about the Ombuds Office, visit:
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