Why Team Time Is Good for the Organization

November 15, 2017 9:57 am

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.

A 4-Step Model for Leadership Success

September 19, 2017 9:00 am

What does it take to be successful as a leader? By following a simple four-step process, you can greatly increase your leadership capability and earn the trust and respect of those on your team as well as others on campus.

What Can HR Do to Support the Changing Faculty in Higher Ed?

September 18, 2017 3:58 pm

In her session “HR and Support of the Changing Faculty” at CUPA-HR’s annual conference in San Diego, Adrianna Kezar, director of the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success at University of Southern California, shared some of the challenges non-tenure-track faculty face and how human resources can help shepherd new policies and practices to better support them.

A Fresh Perspective: Introducing Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders

August 22, 2017 1:53 pm

The Emerging CUPA-HR Leader program recognizes volunteer leaders from across the country who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and initiative within higher ed HR and desire to play an active role in advancing the profession. Participants engage in problem-solving work groups and develop deep networks with peers while gaining an inside look at CUPA-HR's operations and structure.

Top Disciplines for New Faculty Hires in Higher Ed

April 5, 2017 9:00 am

According to data from CUPA-HR’s Faculty and Department Heads in Higher Education Salary Survey, the hottest disciplines for new faculty hires in higher ed are nursing, psychology and English language/literature. Mathematics and music round out the top five.

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

February 24, 2017 9:00 am

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.

Building HR Competencies (and Solving Problems) Through Group Think

February 7, 2017 9:00 am

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.

How One HR Organization Is Using Data to Drive People Strategies

October 19, 2016 2:35 pm

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.

5 Emerging Trends in HR and Higher Ed

October 12, 2016 11:34 am

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.

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

September 26, 2016 4:47 pm

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.

How to Use Benchmarking to Ensure Competitive Pay for Faculty

September 15, 2016 9:00 am

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?

Resolving Workplace Conflict at the Ground Floor

September 6, 2016 3:32 pm

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.

How to Be the Manager Everyone Wants to Work For

August 24, 2016 12:01 pm

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.

3 Ways to Hone Your Digital Leadership Skills

July 27, 2016 11:53 am

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.

Shawn Achor’s Happiness Advantage at Work

July 11, 2016 11:46 am

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.

HR and General Counsel – Working Together to Navigate Complex Legal Issues on Campus

March 1, 2016 3:45 pm

ADA, FLSA, FMLA, Title IX, Title VII, whistleblower protections, EEO, antidiscrimination … the list goes on (and on and on!) of regulations and legislation that have implications for the workplace and workforce. And a large part of HR’s job is to manage that risk and ensure compliance with those laws. Rather than going it alone, wouldn’t it be nice to have an ally in that work? If your HR department doesn’t have a partnership with your institution’s legal counsel, both offices are missing out on a mutually beneficial working relationship.

Award-Winning Work in Higher Ed HR

February 3, 2016 9:14 am

trophies_blogGreat work is being done by HR organizations at colleges and universities across the country. From innovations in processes and procedures to transformative HR work, from unique and forward-thinking diversity and inclusion initiatives to championing change, many HR organizations are successfully positioning themselves as strategic business partners and contributors to their institutions’ missions — and many institutional presidents are paving the way for HR to get the job done.

How to Prepare For (and Respond to) an Active Shooter Incident on Campus

December 16, 2015 1:17 pm

iStock_000061236344_XXXLargeA Time magazine article from October stated that there had been 23 shootings on college campuses so far in 2015, but that number has since risen with additional shootings at universities in Arizona, Texas and Tennessee. Bottom line: every college and university must have a plan in place in the event tragedy unfolds on their campus.

9 Competencies HR Pros Need in Order to Deliver Business Value

November 3, 2015 2:21 pm

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.

Leading For the Future: Responding to Increasing Ethical Expectations

October 21, 2015 2:57 pm

ethics-trainingHow can we help prepare our organizations’ leaders to succeed in a socially and globally connected world? Linda Fisher Thornton, CEO of Leading in Context and author of the book 7 Lenses, offers up some strategies organizations can employ to help their leaders stretch to stay on top of changing expectations.

5 Ways to Drive Organizational Change

October 16, 2015 9:00 am

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.

3 Ways to Manage Different Employee Temperaments

October 5, 2015 9:14 am

One of my favorite sessions at this year's CUPA-HR Annual Conference was "Connecting Introverts and Extroverts in the Higher Ed Workplace," presented by team members from Georgia Institute of Technology. With tons of personal insight and the science to back it up, the presenters offered some practical advice on how to manage both types of employees and the best way to create an environment in which everyone is comfortable and cohesive.

Building Partnerships — The Key to Unleashing HR’s Value Across the Institution

September 29, 2015 10:10 am

Although it may sometimes feel like it, human resources doesn’t operate in a bubble. Collaboration and partnerships are crucial to our work and necessary for helping us add value and remain relevant. At the CUPA-HR Annual Conference, Chris Byrd, chief HR officer at University of South Carolina, shared with attendees how the university’s HR organization is working to create strong, long-lasting relationships with strategic partners across campus.

How to Do Shared Services the Right Way

September 28, 2015 5:00 pm

In its traditional, highly distributed service delivery model, HR and financial services at University of Denver were delivered at the department or unit level with varying levels of quality; policies and processes were inconsistent; and central HR was missing opportunities to provide higher value services because it was mired in inefficient processes. Enter the shared services model.

Lessons Learned From Implementing a Homegrown Performance Management System

August 27, 2015 10:55 am

performanceHelping our organizations manage performance is an important part of what we do as HR professionals. Organizational leaders look to us to provide direction, guidance and oversight for the performance management process. And with more and more organizations moving to competency-based performance appraisals, many of us are having to take a fresh look at our talent management strategies. Here, Oregon State University’s chief HR officer shares some lessons he and his team learned during the development and implementation of an in-house-built performance management system.

4 Ways to Improve Compensation Satisfaction in Your Organization

August 12, 2015 3:38 pm

man and money and handAre there grumblings at your institution about pay? Water-cooler talk lamenting a lack of raises, perceived inequities or other comp-related issues? If yours is like the majority of organizations, the answer is probably “yes.” But how much of that chatter is based on fact and how much is born from speculation?

Where Do Your HR Competencies Lie?

July 15, 2015 10:43 am

Framework_10.5x8The one-size-fits-all approach to training and development is quickly going the way of the dinosaur, and moving to the forefront is competency-based learning, where learning is less about the time spent in a classroom, and more about mastering specific skills through personalized learning experiences.

The Nuts and Bolts of a Pay-for-Performance Strategy

May 27, 2015 3:50 pm

nuts and bolts 300pxWhen leadership at Northeast Ohio Medical University charged human resources a few years ago with creating a new strategy for rewards and recognition, there was one clear mandate — no more across-the-board pay increases. With that direction and a pool of dollars allocated to fund five years of merit increases, HR set out to rethink the university’s approach to performance management. The outcome: a competency-based pay-for-performance system that rewards only top performers and is linked to institution-wide goals.

An Innovative Approach to Managing Faculty Promotion and Tenure

May 19, 2015 9:33 am

light bulbs-300Promotion and tenure is often a laborious and exhausting task for both faculty and administrators. Facing the administrative burden of promotion and tenure for roughly 240 candidates each year, and unable to find any commercial technical solutions, the University of Florida developed its own online promotion and tenure work process.

Does Your Total Rewards Strategy Need a Tune-Up?

May 18, 2015 4:00 pm

hand with wrench-300Compensation, recognition and rewards, professional development, benefits – all are important components of a total rewards package. Done right, an organization’s total rewards strategy can be a powerful driver for recruitment and retention. When employees feel cared about and looked after by their employer, when they feel valued and appreciated, they tend to be more productive, more loyal and more engaged. So what does your total rewards package look like? Is it in a good spot, or could it use a few tweaks?

Tips for Creating a Social Media Policy

May 6, 2015 1:22 pm

social_mediaWith new social media channels popping up almost daily and the many campus constituencies using social media, developing a comprehensive social media policy is an imperative for higher ed institutions. But what should that policy include, and how should it be framed in order to withstand scrutiny from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)?

2015 Snapshot: Women in Higher Ed Leadership

March 10, 2015 4:13 pm

CUPAHR_women_in_highered_20151-thumbWould it surprise you to hear that 72% of chief HR officers at colleges and universities are women? Or that the median salary for women in the chief HR position is 90% of the median salary for men in the same position? Because March is Women’s History Month, we thought we’d take a closer look at the data.

HR Audit – A Tool for Discovery

February 26, 2015 11:44 am

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On the spectrum of what has to get done, HR audits often fall on the lower end. But an audit done right offers a unique opportunity to take stock of where your HR organization is, where it wants to be, and how it can get there. Concerned about what it might turn up? The job of an audit is not to test the merits of your organization's work, but rather to serve as a tool for discovery.

6 Ways to Cultivate Labor Peace With Adjunct Faculty

February 2, 2015 9:58 am

cultivating-blogNearly every higher education institution in the U.S. employs adjunct faculty; and at many colleges and universities, these off-the-tenure-track professors make up the majority of the teaching faculty. These employees are a vital part of the higher ed workforce, contributing in myriad ways to institutions’ teaching and learning goals. But with the rise in the number of adjuncts across the country also comes a push by unions to organize them. How can institutions lessen the likelihood that adjunct faculty will feel the need to collectively bargain?

How Can HR Help Inform Executive Compensation Decisions?

November 14, 2014 1:20 pm

money-scales-blogAlthough governing boards are responsible for recruiting, hiring and setting compensation for university presidents, human resource leaders can provide valuable support, particularly in informing compensation decisions.

Change Doesn’t Have to Be So Scary!

September 30, 2014 10:23 pm

Not too many people jump up and down with excitement when they hear change is coming down the pike. After all, it’s human nature to be comfortable with the things you’re familiar with and fear the unfamiliar. So how can we ease minds when undertaking change initiatives in our institutions? How can we bring our campus community on board? How can we turn fear and uncertainty into acceptance and engagement?

How Can HR Help Support Today’s Higher Ed IT Workforce?

September 12, 2014 3:17 pm

iStock_000018170510SmallAccording to a recent EDUCAUSE study, IT staff and organizations are being asked to adjust to increased IT consumerization, more options for managing and sourcing technologies and staff, a broader interest in IT’s transformative potential, and decreased resources. As a result of these changing expectations, institutions are looking to hire IT staff with business skills equal to their technical skills. And this necessitates a shift in the way IT staff are recruited, hired and retained.

The Job Family Approach to Career Development

August 21, 2014 2:51 pm

job-family Looking for a way to motivate your employees? Need some incentives to keep your best people? Struggling with employee engagement? Putting career development front and center can help address all these issues, and one approach to career development that is growing increasingly popular is job families.

Stop Training, Start Developing Your Leaders

May 29, 2014 9:51 am

iStock_000008266083Small Most organizations have come to realize the importance of cultivating their leaders (both current and aspiring), but what many fail to understand is that “training” and “development” are not synonymous.

Many leadership programs fail to produce the desired outcomes because they focus on training around a specific set of objectives rather than developing competencies that will benefit the leaders, their direct reports, their colleagues and the organization as a whole.