News

November 17, 2020

Message from the University of California Office of the President on gender identity and name options for UC documents and information systems.

California COVID Notify available now.

October 8, 2020

October 2, 2020

Discover how you can support anti-racism at work by checking out some of the following resources and voices from Berkeley.  Learn more about how unconscious bias shows up at work, steps to take to build an anti-racist workplace and become a supportive ally.  In addition, check out the recently released 2018-2020 Staff Ombuds Office Biennial Report that highlights systemic issues that reinforce structural racism and disproportionately impact marginalized groups. 

June 19, 2020

The Staff Ombuds Office is dedicated to being a safe, inclusive resource for all staff members, especially black staff members who are impacted by systemic racism. We stand with our black community members in cond​emning​ the senseless violence towards people of color at the hands of police and institutionalized racism our society is built upon. 

May 28, 2020

While working remotely, Berkeley employees face a number of challenges.  The Staff Ombuds Office continues to serve staff to find problem-solving strategies during these unprecedented times.  In the month of March, the Staff Ombuds Office had 55 confidential appointments and continues to provide ombuds services by phone to support staff.

Following are some helpful links to Berkeley websites that provide information to address work-related challenges:

Staff Basic Needs

January 2, 2020

Cal Coaching Network (CCN) is a new campus staff organization.  Last month, it held its kickoff event “Building UC Berkeley’s Coaching Culture.” Over 75 staff members came together to brainstorm ideas for future meetings, discuss the importance of building a coaching culture, and meet others interested in coaching.  

The Mission of CCN is:

  1. To bring together managers and staff who have an interest in developing their coaching skills to support one another. 

October 21, 2019

October is Bullying Awareness Prevention Month. Below you will find information to help you understand what bullying is, how to prevent it, and resources available to staff members:

October 18, 2019

August 15, 2019

Following a nationwide search, the Staff Ombuds Office is delighted to announce the selection of Rachel Nicholson as Assistant Ombudsperson for the Staff Ombuds Office.  

January 17, 2019

The Staff Ombuds Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Júlia Horváth as Associate Ombudsperson.  Júlia was appointed to this position after successfully serving as Assistant Ombudsperson from 2016 - 2017 and as Interim Associate Ombudsperson in 2018.  During this time, Júlia helped hundreds of employees successfully navigate workplace disputes and problems.

October 23, 2018

Last week the Staff Ombuds Office released its 2016-2018 Biennial Report.  Based on aggregate, non-identifiable data from 452 employees who used Ombuds services, the report provides information and analysis about the primary workplace concerns of employees as well as new systemic recommendations for the campus to consider.

October 12, 2018

October 11, 2018 marked the first ever national Ombuds Day, an honor bestowed by  the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section.  In recognition of this event, the Berkeley News posed questions to Staff Ombudsperson Sara Thacker and Ombudsperson for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees Marcia Riley regarding insight into their work as ombuds.  Click here for the full article and more information about national Ombuds Day. 

September 6, 2018

To start off our Fall class offerings, our Ombudsperson Julia Horvath will be

teaching her popular course Workplace Civility: Respect in Action.  

Don't miss it!  

Click the link below to get directly to the class in the UC Learning Center - 

choose "UCB" and log in with CalNet if you are not already logged in. 

Or, go to UC Learning and enter class code BEOMB002-18/09/25 in the search bar.

See you there! 

May 30, 2018

We will be tabling at Summerfest - June 13th, 11-2 on the West Cresent Lawn.

Stop by and find out more about the services of the Staff Ombuds Office! 

http://summerfest.berkeley.edu 

July 19, 2017

June 5, 2017

Last week, the Staff Ombuds Office released its 2014-2016 Biennial Report that provides the campus community with information regarding its caseload and systemic issues identified during this two year period. 

August 23, 2016

Berkeley made history by becoming the first university in the UC system to adopt a policy to prevent workplace bullying. This policy was drafted by a working group of Central Human Resources’ Policy and Practice Unit and approved by the Office of the Chancellor’s Compliance and Enterprise Risk Committee May 18th.

January 4, 2016

The New Year is a time for resolutions. We have a chance to reflect on what we want to change in the coming months. Many people make commitments to more positive ways of interacting with others in the workplace.

September 21, 2015

Last week, the Staff Ombuds Office released its new data for fiscal year 2014 – 2015. Otherwise known as a “supergraph,” this new graphic chart illustrates usage of the office by Berkeley staff and the top issues of concern. The information is based on aggregate, non-identifiable data from employees who used ombuds services during this time period.