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Selling and Influencing – All in a Day’s Work (Yes, Even in HR!)

by Missy Kline

Danielpink2An HR pro is lots of things … but a salesperson? An influencer? A mover and shaker? Best-selling author and business analyst Daniel Pink says, “Absolutely!” In his latest book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Pink examines the notion that we’re all salespeople in some form or fashion, and that we all possess the innate ability to motivate and move others. Ahead of his keynote address at this year’s CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo, we had the chance to speak with Pink about this idea and how it might apply to our work in higher ed HR.

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Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: Age Discrimination

by Julie Boggs

test-your-hr-legal-knowledge-CUPA-HRAre you looking to add "HR legal expert" to your resume? Here’s a real court case that will help test your HR legal knowledge. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out if you’re right!

The Case: "New Blood" Age Discrimination — Allain v. University of Louisiana System (W.D. La., 1/22/15)

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5 Ways to Prepare for the NLRB’s New Election Process

by Gayle Kiser

people in the shape of a handshake. Given new procedures and the speed with which an election can take place, private-sector colleges and universities need to not only understand the new rules, but also have a plan for adhering to the new requirements and timelines. In a CUPA-HR webinar, Jonathan C. Fritts, a partner at Morgan Lewis, covered the key changes in detail and shared these five takeaways.

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When You Care Enough to Send a Card

by Missy Kline

envelopeWho doesn’t love getting a card in the mail? The hand-addressed envelope, the real stamp in the corner, the excitement of what might be inside — a treasure in the midst of a stack of bills, junk mail and advertisements. If you’re like me, before you even open it your day is already a little brighter with the thought that someone cared enough to send you well wishes. It was this sentiment that led the Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Services Team at University of California, Irvine to create its Care Cards program. The concept is a simple one: any UC Irvine employee who takes a medical leave of absence receives a card in the mail signed by each member of the team with a customized message and information about who to contact if they have questions or concerns about their leave or claim.

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CUPA-HR Testifies Before Joint Committee on ACA Issues

by Gayle Kiser

Carroll_060315_300x189 Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s employer mandate does not specifically exclude most student workers, it poses a dilemma for colleges and universities. This issue was highlighted in CUPA-HR’s testimony on June 3 before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee regarding the impact of the ACA on colleges and universities.

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Best Practices for a Workplace Financial Education Program

by Missy Kline

spend-save-blog-300What stresses you out the most? If you’re like the majority of Americans, it’s money. From healthcare costs to saving for retirement to sending your kids to college and paying off debt, money worries are a near constant for most people. By putting in place a comprehensive workplace financial education program, organizations can help ease the burden of financial woes for their employees.

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Mapping Out a Plan for a Career in Higher Ed HR

by Missy Kline

map-300pxIndividual development plans (IDPs) have been gaining traction in the work world as a way to help guide and inform next steps for those wishing to further their careers. An IDP can help you identify your strengths and pinpoint areas that might need improvement. It can help you flesh out your goals and aspirations and identify the best course of action to take to meet them. It can help you enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities and align these with your organization’s mission and goals. In short, an IDP serves as a roadmap for your career trajectory. And who better to steer the car than you? By following the steps below, you can get a jumpstart on a solid higher ed HR career plan.

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The Nuts and Bolts of a Pay-for-Performance Strategy

by Missy Kline

nuts and bolts 300pxWhen leadership at Northeast Ohio Medical University charged human resources a few years ago with creating a new strategy for rewards and recognition, there was one clear mandate — no more across-the-board pay increases. With that direction and a pool of dollars allocated to fund five years of merit increases, HR set out to rethink the university’s approach to performance management. The outcome: a competency-based pay-for-performance system that rewards only top performers and is linked to institution-wide goals.

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An Innovative Approach to Managing Faculty Promotion and Tenure

by Missy Kline

light bulbs-300Promotion and tenure is often a laborious and exhausting task for both faculty and administrators. Facing the administrative burden of promotion and tenure for roughly 240 candidates each year, and unable to find any commercial technical solutions, the University of Florida developed its own online promotion and tenure work process.

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Does Your Total Rewards Strategy Need a Tune-Up?

by CUPA-HR

hand with wrench-300Compensation, recognition and rewards, professional development, benefits – all are important components of a total rewards package. Done right, an organization’s total rewards strategy can be a powerful driver for recruitment and retention. When employees feel cared about and looked after by their employer, when they feel valued and appreciated, they tend to be more productive, more loyal and more engaged. So what does your total rewards package look like? Is it in a good spot, or could it use a few tweaks?

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