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Resolving Workplace Conflict at the Ground Floor

by Missy Kline

ChessThink about the many different work styles, personality types, viewpoints and temperaments in your organization. Now add to that mix competing ideas, workplace stress, ego and pride, and it’s easy to see how coworkers can butt heads. In an effort to help employees address interpersonal conflict in a timely and productive manner, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has implemented an informal, mediated conflict resolution process, created by and housed in the HR and office of institutional equity department.

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Clinton v. Trump Workforce Policy

by CUPA-HR

The upcoming election promises to fuel both federal and local interest in workforce regulation, as the leading candidates from both parties have focused their campaigns addressing inequality through a variety of measures, including changes to the laws governing the workforce. So just where do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand on workforce policy?

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The Journey Begins for Six Early-Career Higher Ed HR Pros

by Missy Kline

Remember when you were first starting out on your higher ed HR career path? If you were lucky enough to have an ear to bend, a shoulder to lean on or footsteps to follow in early in your career, it likely helped you find your footing, gain some confidence and feel reassured and supported in your new role. This is exactly what CUPA-HR’s Wildfire program is designed to provide for a select few early-career higher education HR professionals each year.

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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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