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Posts from the ‘Training and Organizational Development’ Category

Why Team Time Is Good for the Organization

by Sissy Meredith

Soliciting support from peers and colleagues from different areas on campus to resolve a matter or address a challenge or think up the next great idea has many advantages both to the individuals involved and the organization as a whole.

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How to Create a Professional Development Program Employees Will Want to Use

by Missy Kline

Is your institution’s professional development program a boom or a bust? Are employees excited about the offerings, or uninterested? Is the process for taking advantage of professional development easy or cumbersome? When one institution faced a lackadaisical response to its staff development program, human resources took a step back to identify the barriers to usage and then reinvented the program, which is now highly valued by staff across campus.

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3 Activities to Engage Participants Through In-Person Sexual Harassment Training

by Jill Thompson

Feeling safe and comfortable at work and around coworkers makes it easier to enjoy the work you do, yet there are instances where inappropriate jokes or the invasion of personal space are still present in the workplace. One way to prevent these situations from arising is to deliver in-person sexual harassment training. This type of training allows for deeper exploration of complex issues, enhances conversations, increases comfort of reporting and is a proactive approach to facing inappropriate behavior.

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Plan, Stretch, Connect: How Six Early-Career HR Professionals Are Developing Professionally in Higher Ed

by Julie Boggs

As a kick-off to the Wildfire program, participants used their time in Tempe to learn about the challenges and opportunities within the program and chart a course for their development. Here’s how they’re approaching the year ahead (you can steal these ideas to bolster your own career development!):

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3 Tips for Training Employees on Title IX

by Missy Kline

Most Title IX experts agree that training and communication are key to not only helping prevent sexual violence on campus, but also to helping an institution appropriately respond to a complaint of sexual assault and/or to maneuver through a Title IX investigation. To learn more about effective training practices, we spoke with Mary Anne Koleny, HR director and Title IX liaison for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, who as part of her recent master’s work studied Title IX training for higher ed employees. Here, she offers three tips on how to provide comprehensive training and resources for Title IX reporting on your campus.

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5 Tips to Help You Plan a Professional Development Day for Your Faculty and Staff

by Jill Thompson

Human resources at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) recently organized an interactive half day of professional development for faculty and staff at the institution. Here, Candace Baer and Cassandra Goryl from RISD share five tips on how you can plan a successful professional development event at your institution.

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Traits and Training for Title IX Investigators

by Julie Boggs

Two Title IX coordinators from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania share their outline for training Title IX investigators and conducting investigations on campus. Read on for some successful practices you can use on your campus.

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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 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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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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