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Your first year

You have reached your first anniversary as an employee of Oakland University. Take a moment to reflect on this past year, your successes and contributions.

We hope that you have taken the opportunity to explore some of the many facets of Oakland University. If not, don’t wait for your second anniversary to take advantage of all OU has to offer.

If you have not already done so, take in a game or meet with one of our Golden Grizzly teams.  

Visit one of America’s greatest estate homes, Meadow Brook Hall and learn the history of the home of the founders of Oakland University. If entertainment sparks your interest, be sure to catch a performance at Meadow Brook Theatre or the Department of Music Theatre and Dance.

At Oakland University, we believe in Building a better yOU. Wellness is multidimensional. It includes many components, all of which work together in an individual’s process of improving quality of life and developing a sense of well-being. The model that Oakland University promotes includes physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, environmental, social, occupational and financial wellness. Start today on Building a Better yOU.

Has there been someone who made a difference for you as you adjusted to life at OU? There are several award programs designed to give recognition and honor to dedicated and hardworking staff. Learn more about these programs at Employee Recognition.

Step out of your box! Get away from your desk or workstation for a few minutes. Take a walk around campus or have lunch in the Oakland Center. Meet a colleague or just sit in an area with lots of students for a while and absorb some of the enthusiasm and energy!

Hit the books! Oakland is all about educating tomorrow’s leaders and that includes you! Want to pursue another degree? Look into your education benefits and enroll in a class. Sharpen your technical skills or polish your business acumen by taking a Skillsoft course online.

At this point in your career, you may be focused on the road ahead. You should have had an opportunity in the last year to talk with your supervisor about your performance expectations. Open communication is a key component to success. Take the opportunity to talk with your supervisor about what you enjoy about your work. Talk about career opportunities including, participating on a committee, what training or knowledge your supervisor recommends for you to continue to be successful.

Above all, have fun and enjoy life as a Golden Grizzly.