February 7, 2018 4:30 pm
The “Me Too” movement has prompted a heightened awareness of and national conversation around unequal treatment and inappropriate or criminal sexual conduct in the workplace, and many colleges and universities have strengthened their resolve to eliminate these unacceptable behaviors on their campuses. HR leaders from four universities shared with us the strategies they and other campus leaders are using to help address and alleviate harassment and bias on their campuses.
December 13, 2017 4:50 pm
Human resources has an extremely important role to play and a responsibility to maintain a workplace free of bullying and sexual harassment. Not only is it an obligation for HR, but it makes for a much more productive and enjoyable place to work when these behaviors can be prevented or stopped as soon as they are reported.
November 28, 2017 4:55 pm
While the holiday season may be a time for celebration, it can also be incredibly stressful. A recent survey by Accountemps found that while 51 percent of workers were happier during the holiday season, 35 percent said they were more stressed this time of year. So how can organizations help their employees be mindful of and attend to their health and wellbeing not only during the hectic times, but year-round?
September 11, 2017 4:07 pm
The start of the fall semester is already a busy time for colleges and universities around the country, but throw in the mix an unforeseen circumstance, like a natural disaster, and it can wreak havoc on a campus community. And while there is never a sure-fire way to completely prepare for the unknown, what you can do is have a plan in place.
March 6, 2017 9:00 am
Two Title IX coordinators from Rosemont College share the steps they take when investigating Title IX claims on campus, from assessing a report to notifying the individual(s) involved to conducting interviews and more.
December 16, 2015 1:17 pm
A 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.
April 7, 2015 1:09 pm
In the aftermath of acts of violence on several campuses across the nation, many higher ed institutions have reevaluated their risk assessment and violence prevention strategies. Many have created “active shooter” protocols, instituted emergency alert systems designed to get the word out quickly to the campus community in the event of an incident of violence and implemented procedures designed to assess and manage behavioral risk in the hopes of identifying high-risk individuals and taking action before tragedy strikes.
November 25, 2014 3:21 pm
Finding new ways to motivate employees to engage in wellness activities can be a challenge. Many wellness programs start off with a bang, but participation wanes as time passes. Here at the CUPA-HR national office, we’ve found a formula that works well for us. By implementing several smaller scale wellness activities and switching them up throughout the year, we’ve been able to keep things fresh and exciting.
November 20, 2014 9:13 am
Many employers have nonsmoking policies in place for the worksite, and some have implemented surcharges or higher insurance premiums for employees who smoke. Many utilize smoking cessation programs to provide resources and support to those who want to quit. However, higher ed institutions still struggle with how best to discourage smoking on campus.
November 12, 2014 12:19 pm
It seems that every few years something happens that prompts us HR folks to revisit our crisis management plans — an influenza outbreak, an unspeakable act of violence on a college campus, the threat of swine flu, a natural disaster, and recently, the Ebola epidemic. Although the disease is not likely to spread in this country, institutions would be remiss if they didn’t have a plan in place to address how they would deal with an Ebola-infected (or quarantined) employee or student.