Human Resources

Engagement @ Harvard

Over the next year, Engagement @ Harvard is an area of collective focus for the Harvard community. The aim of this initiative is to foster greater engagement, the emotional and intellectual involvement that motivates employees to do their best work and contribute to Harvard’s success by:

  • Raising awareness about the critical role engagement plays in our individual and collective success;
  • Providing educational experiences for employees to reconnect with what drives them and where they want their careers to progress;
  • Creating a collective dialogue about Harvard’s changing work environment and how each of us can embrace it, shape it, and benefit;
  • Assisting managers in creating sustained engagement on their teams and in the broader organization.

The new http://hr.harvard.edu/ website has collected stories from some incredible Harvard employees who spoke about what engages them in their work and in Harvard at large.  We encourage you to listen to or read their stories and reflect on your own answer to the question, “Why Harvard”?  Some answers to this question include:

  • You are part of a vibrant community that advances Harvard’s world-changing mission in meaningful ways including advancing excellence in teaching and research.
  • You join a caring and connected community.  You have the opportunity to work with incredible people – among them, world-renowned researchers, thought leaders, innovators, and problem solvers.
  • You become a part of educational history working at the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.  You are part of a dynamic story in which Harvard is shaping the current educational and global landscape.
  • You are able to advance your education.  At Harvard, lifelong learning is encouraged.  Take a course through our Center for Workplace Development, attend the Harvard Extension School, or learn from Harvard online.
  • You have access to unparalleled museums, libraries, and cultural opportunities.  Get a culture fix at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater, our newly renovated Art Museums and on-campus musical events and lectures; explore nature’s beauty at the Arnold Arboretum.

Harvard staff members are invited to join conversations on Twitter and LinkedIn and to enroll in any of the Engagement @ Harvard programs: Building Employee Engagement, What Drives You?, Engaging Conversations, Embracing Change and Innovation, and Career Check-up.