UMW: A Great Place to Work

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized as a 2019 Great College to Work For, based on a survey of 835 full-time faculty, administrators, and staff.
The survey, conducted by the consulting firm ModernThink, highlights colleges and universities that get top ratings from employees for workplace practices and policies. Of 152 four-year institutions that participated in this year’s nationwide survey, Mary Washington was among only 60 selected for the distinction.
The results were announced in September and promoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Since taking the helm at Mary Washington in 2016, President Troy Paino has worked diligently with leadership to improve the workplace environment, zeroing in on key components identified in a survey completed shortly before his arrival, including communication, collaboration, and compensation.
Paino has instituted regular all-university addresses and intimate coffee-talk sessions. The university completed a comprehensive market survey, made wage adjustments, and took other initiatives to improve employee morale.
“We’re recruiting students with a certain message … that this is a place where people really care,” Paino said. “I think it’s important for people who work here every day to also feel that about themselves.”

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