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Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: First Amendment

by Brittany Hubbard

test-your-hr-legal-knowledge-CUPA-HRAre you an HR legal expert? Here’s a real court case to 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: First Amendment – Epstein v. Suffolk Community College (E.D.N.Y. 2:14-CV-00937)

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How to Bring the Fun at Work

by Missy Kline

When was the last time you had honest-to-goodness fun at work? I’m talking tell-your-family-and-friends fun. Think-about-it-afterward-and-smile fun. Mentally-check-out-and-enjoy-the-moment fun. If you can’t recall the last time your team, department or office had fun as a group, it’s definitely been too long! For too many employees, work can be like groundhog day. Same tasks, same meetings, same conversations, same cubicle … week in and week out. A break from the monotony, stress and pressure, even for just 30 minutes, can do wonders for morale, engagement and productivity.

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Small Victories – It’s Why I Do What I Do

by CUPA-HR

(This blog post was contributed by John Martin, associate director of client services at Princeton University and chair and treasurer of the CUPA-HR Eastern Region board of directors.)

Isn't it amazing how people perceive our work and our chosen profession? HR has been hated by CEOs in Fast Company magazine, Forbes wanted to fire us, and Salon said that we don't give a damn. Consultants are constantly saying we should be outsourced, that we are an expense and not a revenue generator. And think of how we've been portrayed in movies and pop culture – as inept, uncaring or just plain goofy, from the two Bobs in "Office Space" to poor Toby in "The Office" and the cold and manipulative Ryan Bingham, played by George Clooney, in "Up in the Air."

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Get People Talking – How to Effectively Facilitate Dialogue

by CUPA-HR

The ability to facilitate dialogue and create spaces in which people can engage and share perspectives is a key HR competency; however, it can be challenging to get people to talk and explore alternative perspectives in an environment where there are multiple views and opinions about everything we do. How can we, as HR professionals, hone our facilitation skills in order to promote dialogue and pave the way for open, honest communication?

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The Birth of Higher Ed HR: What’s Changed in 70 Years … and What Hasn’t

by Gayle Kiser

CUPA-HR_Logo_70Forty-four individuals from 28 institutions attended that first meeting in 1946. Among other things, they agreed that a formal association to foster their fledgling profession was in order, and the College and University Personnel Association (CUPA) was born.

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Celebrate Digital Learning Day and Use Technology to Learn Every Day

by Wes Harmon

DLD-blogIt seems like these days there’s a “day” for everything: National Cheeseburger Day (September 18), Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), World Introvert Day (January 2) … the list goes on. While these days have varying importance depending on who you talk to, there is one day we hope you’ll join us in celebrating — Digital Learning Day on February 17.

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15 Great Reads of 2015

by Missy Kline

Can you believe there are only four weeks left in the year? (Keep calm and take deep breaths!) It’s been a busy one here at the CUPA-HR national office, and we know you too have been going like gangbusters. Hopefully you’ve been able to use some of CUPA-HR’s many resources and services to help you do your job faster, smarter and more efficiently over the past year. We also hope you’ve been able to adapt some of the successful practices and innovative ideas highlighted in The Higher Education Workplace magazine and this blog to your own institution, department or work team. In case you missed them (have we mentioned it’s been a busy year?), here are some highlights from the magazine and the blog from the past year.

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Trending Topics From the Knowledge Center – November 2015

by Missy Kline

higher-education-hr-newsIf it’s been a while since you visited CUPA-HR’s Knowledge Center, pop on over and take a look! We’ve added several new toolkits, and every few months we refresh the home page with timely and hot topics. The topics currently highlighted on the Knowledge Center home page include drug use in the workplace, HR's role in preventing cyberattacks, the president's executive order on paid sick leave for federal contractors and “skills in a box” resources related to collaboration around DEI efforts.

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9 Competencies HR Pros Need in Order to Deliver Business Value

by Missy Kline

65493961_thumbnailAs an HR professional, what knowledge, skills and abilities make you successful? What strengths help you contribute to your organization’s or institution’s mission, vision, values and goals? What traits enable you to add value and remain relevant? The RBL Group's 2015 HR Competency Study has identified nine competencies today's HR professionals must possess in order to strategically contribute to their organizations.

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5 Ways to Drive Organizational Change

by Justin Harris

Time for ChangeAre the policies and practices at your organization in dire need of updates to make them more relevant, applicable and inclusive for your current workforce? If you answered “yes,” it may be time to start a revolution in your workplace. In the CUPA-HR Annual Conference session entitled, “What Kind of Revolution Shall We Start Today? Lessons From Political Scientists Who do HR," attendees sat at attention listening to and discussing with colleagues exactly what is needed to enact radical, positive and necessary change in our institutions.

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