How to Help Hiring Managers Help Their New Employees Hit the Ground Running

March 16, 2018 9:00 am

As a way to help improve the new-employee experience at Baylor University, HR created a hiring manager checklist, which lays out what managers need to do before a new employee’s first day; on an employee’s first day; during week one of employment; during months three, six and seven; and at the employee’s one-year mark.

12 Great Reads of 2017

January 10, 2018 8:33 pm

CUPA-HR’s The Higher Education Workplace magazine and Higher Ed Workplace blog are full of articles and stories highlighting new and innovative ways to do HR (from institutions and organizations who have been there, done that). In case you missed them — we know it was a busy year! — here are some highlights from the magazine and the blog from the past year. Maybe they’ll spark an idea or two you can use on your campus.

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.

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

October 30, 2017 8:55 am

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.

3 Tips for Training Employees on Title IX

June 27, 2017 5:12 pm

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.

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

May 31, 2017 11:06 am

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.

Traits and Training for Title IX Investigators

October 5, 2016 9:00 am

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.

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 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.

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.

Celebrate Digital Learning Day and Use Technology to Learn Every Day

February 9, 2016 10:17 am

DLD-blogIt seems like these days there’s a “day” for everything: National Cheeseburger Day (September 18), Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), World Introvert Day (January 2) … the list goes on. While these days have varying importance depending on who you talk to, there is one day we hope you’ll join us in celebrating — Digital Learning Day on February 17.

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.

5 Ways to Evolve Your Diversity Training

January 21, 2016 12:35 pm

blog imageDo your diversity training initiatives inspire continued dialogue and action long after class ends, or are the concepts and ideas covered in training sessions left behind when people leave the room? If you’re not seeing the desired results from your DEI training efforts, it may be time to rethink the message you’re delivering and how you’re delivering it.

5 Key Tactics for Managing Learning and Development as a Business

September 28, 2015 1:00 pm

For years, University of Michigan’s learning and development function was floundering. Low staff morale, low program participation, continuing budget cuts and growing budget deficits made for some tough times for the organization. In 2012, UMich’s HR development team faced a decision – reduce professional development programming even further or rebuild the function entirely. In choosing to rebuild, the team employed five key tactics to operationalize its newly-created business strategy.

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.

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?

Digital Learning Day Celebrates New Ways of Teaching and Learning

March 11, 2015 12:22 pm

DLD_buttonTechnology is increasingly finding its way into the teaching and learning model, not only in K-12 and higher education, but also in the workplace. Thanks to the emergence of online courses, webinars, virtual conferences and a multitude of digital platforms, today’s workforce enjoys expanded opportunities for professional development. This year’s Digital Learning Day (March 13) might be a good time to take stock of your professional development delivery model.

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.

3 Low-Cost Ideas for Engaging Employees With Campus Leaders

November 4, 2013 10:46 am

In 2008, The George Washington University launched the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program, a series of networking and professional development events focused on developing capacity within the five performance factors evaluated for every employee. Open to all staff members, the program encouraged participants to lead "from where they are," and provided unique opportunities for engagement with campus leadership. In the session “LEADing the Way: A Leadership Development Case Study for Employee Engagement” at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2013, Brittnay Buckner shared details about nine of LEAD events.