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Posts from the ‘Leadership and Strategy’ Category

Why and How One University Hit the Reset Button on Performance Management

by Missy Kline

Performance reviews in the vast majority of organizations follow this trajectory: setting objectives, feedback, manager assessment and rating, consensus meeting, salary/bonus decisions. But does this process really work? Is it efficient? Is it consistent across the organization? Is it viewed as a value-add? Most people would answer with a resounding “no.” So what’s the solution? For Pennsylvania State University, it was blowing up its current process and starting fresh.

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Building HR Competencies (and Solving Problems) Through Group Think

by Missy Kline

CoP artUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison human resources has recently implemented a communities of practice model that serves to foster the development of learning communities through which HR practitioners can build their knowledge, skills and abilities to enhance their work in service to the campus community.

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How One HR Organization Is Using Data to Drive People Strategies

by Missy Kline

data-analysisUniversity of Missouri System’s HR organization is a great case study in how human resources can use people data to identify workforce trends, identify and address challenges, and help university leaders and managers make sound workforce-related decisions.

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5 Emerging Trends in HR and Higher Ed

by Missy Kline

istock_50546534_xlargeKeeping a finger on the pulse of current and emerging higher ed and HR-related trends that may have implications for our students, employees and campus communities is a crucial part of our role as HR professionals. A few members of CUPA-HR’s Corporate Advisory Council have prepared white papers in which they share their insights into emerging trends and issues and how institutions can prepare.

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Making PROGRESS at St. John’s University – Establishing a Culture of Internal Career Mobility

by Missy Kline

career-ladderWhile some people are content to stay in the same job year after year, maybe for their entire career, most people want to advance up the career ladder. If that’s a goal for an employee, but there’s no easy way to do that in his or her current organization, that employee will look for those opportunities elsewhere. Having experienced this firsthand, human resources at St. John's University created a program to help identify and cultivate internal talent.

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How to Use Benchmarking to Ensure Competitive Pay for Faculty

by Jacqueline Bichsel

applesOne of the best strategies higher ed institutions can use to attract and retain talented, top-tier faculty is to offer competitive pay. And one of the best ways to ensure your institution is offering competitive pay is to benchmark that pay against other institutions. So what should you look for when benchmarking faculty salaries?

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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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How to Be the Manager Everyone Wants to Work For

by Missy Kline

I love my bossWhether you’re a manager yourself and could use some self-reflection, or if in your human resources role you’re looking for ways to develop the managers in your organization, here are some tips for how to hone your own skills and teach others to hone theirs.

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3 Ways to Hone Your Digital Leadership Skills

by Missy Kline

Social media can be overwhelming … especially for those of us who grew up without it (remember when AOL Instant Messenger was the game changer?!). But it’s the norm for the students we serve, and for those who are currently entering our workforce. That's why it's essential for higher ed professionals to understand social media and emerging digital technologies and the impact they can have on campus and beyond.

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Shawn Achor’s Happiness Advantage at Work

by Julie Boggs

CUPA-HR Staff Book Discussion GroupWe’ve all read about it, heard about it and discussed it with our HR colleagues — unhappy employees hurt our organizations.

Author and researcher Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, and when he was first selected as a keynote speaker for the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2016 in Washington, D.C., a small group of CUPA-HR staff set out to discover his secrets to happiness by organizing a book club to read and discuss Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage.

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