Connect with the Community


While you are learning the ins and outs of your job, be sure to take some time to connect with other community members.  

Why Connection is Important

We spend a substantial portion of our week at work. Connection to the bigger purpose, to the organization, and to other people at work all have a positive impact on your job satisfaction and sense of belonging.

  • Wellness:  Having positive connections in the workplace reduces stress hormones and increases the neurotransmitters responsible for attention, feelings of pleasure and trust, and keeping fear and worry at bay.
  • Productivity:  Those who are happy at work are more engaged and therefore more productive.
  • Innovation:  Those who work in a collaborative and connected environment are more willing to contribute new and bold ideas that lead to better results.

Connecting with the Community

  • Your HR Business Partner:  assigned based on your VP division
  • Staff/Faculty Resource Networks:  employee-driven groups based on shared experiences seeking to build community
  • EmCares: staff and faculty, parents, caregivers, and allies
  • eQual: staff and faculty to identify as LGBTQ and allies; (email or to be added to the email list)
  • Fusion:  staff and faculty of color and allies
  • Using Slack:  Slack is a workplace chat room and instant messaging service.  Individuals sign up using their Emerson credentials and can join any number of “channels” to exchange messages.  Ask your manager/team if there is a channel for your department too!  Some popular channels to join are: #staff, #emersonpets, #goodnewsdaily, and #workdayatemerson.  
  • Looking for someone?:  You can use the Emerson Directory or look people up in Workday
  • Tip:  Using Workday to look someone up may include the person’s picture.  Having a face to go with the name will help you remember who they are!

Ways to “Stay in the Know”

  • “Emerson Lingo” - the vernacular and abbreviations can make a newbie’s head spin!  Take a look at the community-created document with some of the most common “lingo” you may hear.
  • Emerson Today is produced by the Department of Communications & Marketing.  Subscribe to receive News, Announcements, and “In the Press” items delivered right to your email.  
  • Academic Calendar and Holiday Schedule:  Make sure your Google calendar has important dates on it!  Higher education can be very cyclical.  Depending on your role, some of these dates may be more important than others.
  • People @ Emerson: a staff blog published by the Office of Communication and Marketing

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