3 Takeaways From the CUPA-HR Annual Conference

October 7, 2021 2:52 pm

Thank you to all who attended the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo in person and virtually this week! It was wonderful to welcome new and familiar faces, celebrate CUPA-HR’s 75th anniversary, and explore outstanding sessions with so many of you. For those who weren’t able to attend, here are three conference takeaways you can put... View Article

Navigating Compliance With a Multi-State Workforce

August 11, 2021 1:38 pm

Over the last year and a half, the rapid implementation and general success of remote work has brought about both new opportunities and new challenges. In particular, the challenges of navigating multi-state compliance issues can be tricky. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, here are three key points to get you started on the right... View Article

CUPA-HR Leads Higher Ed Letter on I-9 Flexibility Guidance

August 11, 2021 1:35 pm

On August 9, CUPA-HR and 12 other higher education associations sent a letter to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ur M. Jaddou requesting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extend and amend its previously announced flexibilities on Form I-9 compliance requirements. The guidance, which has been extended continuously since March 2020 and... View Article

Maintaining Culture and Connection For Remote Employees

July 14, 2021 11:17 am

Higher ed leaders worked tirelessly last year to facilitate employee transitions to remote work. Now that many employees are firmly rooted in their remote work routine (and in some cases hesitant or unable to return to campus), what was previously a short-term solution is becoming a permanent option at many institutions, and the next challenge... View Article

CUPA-HR Soundbite: How to Ask Employees About Personal Issues Affecting Performance

June 22, 2021 9:24 am

Over the course of the pandemic, higher ed employers may have struggled with how to approach employees whose work performance has been negatively impacted by issues in their personal lives. A recent CUPA-HR webinar, “Trauma-Informed Leadership for Higher Education,” shared ways employers can open the door for disclosure and develop a leadership style that is... View Article

Juneteenth — How Will Your Institution Observe the Day?

June 16, 2021 11:05 am

As Congress prepares to vote on legislation establishing June 19 as a federal holiday, we are exploring ways institutions can observe this momentous occasion in U.S. history. Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, has not always been widely recognized. Expanding your campus community’s knowledge of Juneteenth and... View Article

Mental Health Month Focus: Flexibility

May 31, 2021 11:56 am

May is Mental Health Month, and we’re homing in on three facets of higher education that impact mental health: campus culture, resources and workplace flexibility. This blog post is Part III of the three-part series. Here, we’ll discuss how institutions can lean into flexible work arrangements and how flexible work can support more diverse, equitable... View Article

Mental Health Month Focus: Resources

May 26, 2021 12:14 pm

May is Mental Health Month, and we’re homing in on three facets of higher education that impact mental health: campus culture, resources, and work flexibility. Here, in Part II of the three-part series, we’ll look at some of the barriers that prevent employees from utilizing resources, and how some approaches from the corporate world can... View Article

Mental Health Month Focus: Higher Ed Campus Culture

May 10, 2021 9:29 am

May is Mental Health Month, and we’re homing in on three facets of higher education that impact mental health: campus culture, resources and work flexibility. This blog post is Part I of the three-part series. First, we’ll discuss the importance of creating campus cultures that prioritize and promote the mental health of students, faculty and... View Article

The Future of Work in Higher Ed

April 14, 2021 11:28 am

If 2020 has given us anything — aside from a new appreciation for the word “pivot” — it’s proof that higher ed is just as capable of adaptation as the corporate world. Before these unprecedented times, big names like Google, Facebook and Netflix were more often at the forefront of workforce innovation conversations than were... View Article

3 Ways HR Can Help Support and Retain Working Mothers

March 10, 2021 1:58 pm

A recent Gallup article noted that the workforce is currently down 500,000 more women than men compared to before the pandemic. The cause? Many women have left or drastically reduced their working hours to care for young children or school-age children who are learning virtually at home. That so many working mothers have left the... View Article

Using Data and Empathy to Drive Decisions About COVID-19 Workforce Reductions

March 3, 2021 1:09 pm

The higher ed workforce has been hit hard due to COVID-19-related causes. According to a recent article by The Chronicle of Higher Education, 650,000 higher ed jobs were lost last year. With potential budget reductions on the horizon, this number is sure to climb. While workforce reductions may be necessary for some institutions to stay... View Article

10 Creative Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day During COVID-19

February 24, 2021 10:42 am

Employee Appreciation Day is right around the corner (March 5). As the typical initiators of employee appreciation and recognition, HR offices are looking for creative ways to show appreciation for faculty and staff on tighter budgets and modified for the remote work environment. While the usual catered lunch or in-person awards ceremony may not be in... View Article

Taking Care of You, Your HR Colleagues and Your Campus Community

September 22, 2020 11:05 am

The last several months have been like nothing we have ever experienced, as COVID-19 disrupted and reshaped our lives and our work. These work and life challenges have taken a toll on our mental health and well-being, and it is so important that we acknowledge this and find ways to address these challenges for ourselves,... View Article

4 Tips for Keeping Your Newly Remote Team Engaged

March 26, 2020 11:23 am

For most institutions, the onset of the COVID-19 crisis required rapid response on countless fronts, including moving a substantial number of employees to full- or part-time work from home. However, as the technical and logistical dust has settled, and the reality of long-term remote work has set in, many teams have wrestled with finding a... View Article

Are You Making These Mistakes When Referring to Employees With Disabilities?

March 9, 2020 3:49 pm

“It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.” Maybe you’ve heard this common phrase. Maybe you’ve said it yourself. While this statement is somewhat true, being careless with your words can cause lasting harm. Think about this in terms of the language you use when referring to those with disabilities at your institution. One... View Article

Five Ways to Enhance the Onboarding Experience for Student Affairs Professionals

February 11, 2020 10:15 am

This blog post was contributed by Stephanie Hoffmann, assistant director of community standards and responsibility at Rollins College. Ensuring that student affairs professionals feel engaged with their institution, know what resources are available on and off campus and know how they can utilize their strengths can help them perform better in their roles and positively... View Article

Fostering Mentorship Within Your Institution as a Higher Ed HR Pro

January 8, 2020 8:36 am

The clean slate of each new year ushers in a wave of resolutions for those who want to improve an area of their professional or personal lives. One common resolution is to give back, which often takes the form of monetary contributions. However, another way to meet this resolution on a professional level is to... View Article

12 Great Reads of 2019

December 9, 2019 12:22 pm

As the year quickly winds down, we hope you’ll take some time to read about some of the great work your HR colleagues are doing at colleges and universities around the country. CUPA-HR’s Higher Ed HR Magazine and Higher Ed Workplace blog highlight new and innovative ways to do HR (from institutions and organizations who have been there,... View Article

10 Fun, Inexpensive Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Employees

September 18, 2019 9:00 am

As a supervisor, how often do you show appreciation to your employees? As an employee, how often do you hear “thank you” from your manager? As an HR professional, how do you encourage a culture of thanks and praise? In honor of World Gratitude Day, which occurs each year on September 21, we’ve compiled 10... View Article

Support the Development of Your Early-Career Employees With Stretch Projects

July 22, 2019 2:03 pm

At the recent CUPA-HR Association Leadership Program in Tempe, Arizona, 12 early-career higher ed HR professionals began their year with CUPA-HR’s Wildfire program, and 10 recent graduates of the program shared project outcomes as they wrapped up their year with the program: William Budding of Harvard University and Abby King of the University of Kansas... View Article

10 Ways to Create a Culture of Encouragement at Work

February 25, 2019 9:00 am

Editor’s note: You may have missed this article when we published it in 2016. It’s been updated in honor of Employee Appreciation Day, which occurs on March 1 this year.  Encouragement is essential for employees to feel valued and engaged in the workplace, and leaders and supervisors should always be looking for ways in which... View Article

6 Ways to Keep Your Retirees Engaged

September 19, 2018 9:00 am

Retired staff and faculty are often an untapped resource for colleges and universities. While many retirees would like to stay connected and engaged — with their colleagues, with students, with the campus community as a whole — in the absence of an official campus retiree organization, they just aren’t sure how to do so. However,... View Article