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Oct 5, 2020

Ombuds Day 2020

This Thursday, October 8th, is Ombuds Day 2020! A day to celebrate ombuds and their work to help people and organizations engage with and solve problems! Today’s ombuds is a trusted navigator, helps empower people to make decisions, connects people with resources, and coaches them through conflict. Ombuds are guided by standards of practice and…

Apr 24, 2020

Ombuds 20:6 / Difference Analysis

With spring in full gear and summer around the corner, a typical North Carolina plan takes shape – when are we headed to the beach or mountains? However, in this challenging covid-19 time, we may not be able to make the journey in-person. We can at least imagine that walk on the beach and that’s…

Apr 22, 2020

Harvard Business Review – Ombuds as resource to address sexual harrassment in the workplace

Apr 6, 2020

Ombuds 20:3 / One Sided Conflict Resolution

For the latest Ombuds 20 virtual meeting (4/1/20), with staying home the current norm to battle covid-19, it seemed fitting to focus inward, on one sided conflict engagement / resolution. However, before we addressed conflict tools, Alexis Steptoe from Wellness and Recreation, led us through the STOP meditation practice to connect us with our resiliency…

Dec 12, 2019

Ombuds Office as Safe Place to Raise Issues

An ombuds office is designed to be independent, confidential, informal and impartial. It is an alternate communication channel for an organization by providing a safe space to bring issues forward. A recent article by International Ombudsman Association (IOA) Executive Director, Charles (Chuck) Howard in Bloomberg News highlights this aspect while considering all the whistleblower considerations…

Nov 18, 2019

Employee Appreciation

May 14, 2019

Why an Organizational Ombuds Office for NC State University?

Since opening the NC State Faculty Ombuds Office in February 2015 and then adding Staff services in January 2017, I’m often asked “why” and “how” did this come about? Thus, here’s a brief history of the NC State Faculty & Staff Ombuds Office. First, let’s tackle the why. Opening an ombuds office can be thought of as…

Dec 5, 2018

Ombuds Day 2.0 – Thank You NC State

We celebrated Ombuds Day across campus on Monday with some great visits! (This was our 2.0 effort due to tropical storm Michael that had rudely postponed our planed October 11th celebration.) We hosted across campus starting at Park Shops, then on to DH Hill Creamery, then to Talley, then to the Vet School and finished…

Jun 26, 2018

National Academies of Sciences – Engineering – Medicine Supports Ombuds

  The National Academies Press recently published a Consensus Study Report titled “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.” This report from the Committee on the Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia provides a comprehensive view on this challenging topic and also references and supports the role of…