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Professional Development

UMSL HR is committed to empowering employees through ongoing professional development opportunities. More details about upcoming and past sessions can be found below. 

If you have any questions about upcoming or past trainings please feel free to reach out to our HR Coordinator for Professional Development, Lauren Ellington, at lpryt3@umsystem.edu.

All-Staff Trainings

Pulse Survey Debrief - download slides

Wednesday, January 31
3 -3:45pm CT

At UMSL we place a high value on employee input and feedback. As such, we are grateful for the input and feedback we received via the recent pulse survey. Join us for this 45-minute session as we unpack the new data and compare it to the data from the previous pulse surveys.

Campus Safety - download slides

Tuesday, March 5
3 -3:50pm CT

Join us for this session as Capt. Marisa Smith, our Deputy Chief of Police, provides an overview of UMSL PD services, discusses UMSL PD’s campus and community affiliations, and shares campus crime information.

Staff Compensation - download slides

Monday, March 11
12 -12:50pm CT

Pay is an important topic for employees. So, we are offering an opportunity for staff to learn more about the staff pay structure at the university. If you're interested in learning more about staff pay at UMSL, we hope you join us for this information session.

All Staff Performance Review Series

  • Self-Appraisals - Register!

    Friday, April 12
    12 -12:50pm CT

    Self-appraisals will be available starting April 8th. As you begin drafting your self appraisal, join us for this session, which seeks to cover everything employees need to know about drafting self-appraisals including why self-appraisals are important, how they are used, what goes into a self appraisal, and more. 

  • Understanding the Performance Review Process - Register!

    Monday, April 29
    12 -12:50pm CT

    The waiting period between submitting your self-appraisal and having your progress check in with your supervisor can be suspenseful and may even be a source of anxiety for some, but understanding the process can help. Join us for this session to gain a better understanding of the performance appraisal process, what goes on after you submit your self appraisal, and what to expect next.

  • Approaching Feedback - Register!

    Wednesday, May 29
    12 -12:50pm CT

    Performance appraisals are designed to be a growth and development tool. Join us for this session where we discuss frameworks and strategies for approaching feedback that maximize the feedback’s positive effect on your growth and development. 

  • What Now? - Register!

    Thursday, June 20
    12 -12:50pm CT

    So, you’ve had your performance check-in with your supervisor... now what? Join us for this session which seeks to cover everything an employee needs to know after receiving a performance evaluation including how to use your performance evaluation for career growth and what to do if you disagree with your evaluation. 

Supervisor Series

UMSL’s Strategic Plan

Wednesday, January 10
12 – 12:50pm CT

Our strategic plan is essential in aligning our efforts to bring about our vision and achieve our mission. Join us for this session as Provost Berberich walks us through our new strategic plan.

UMSL’s Budget - download slides

Wednesday, January 24
12 – 12:50pm CT

Understanding our budget and how budget decisions are made is critical for leading effectively at the university. Join us for this session as Melissa Daniel and Tina Hyken discuss budget topics including where revenue comes from, the difference between discretionary vs. earmarked funds, how budget decisions are made, the business-manager-to- unit-leader relationship, and more.

Pulse Survey Debrief 2.0 - download slides

Wednesday, February 7
12 – 12:50pm CT

It’s one thing to be aware of the pulse survey data and trends, it’s another to act on it. Join us for this session where we seek to move beyond understanding the data and consider actions we each can take to continue moving the needle.

Work Prioritization Panel - download slides

Wednesday, February 21
12 – 12:50pm CT

When workload is high, work prioritization becomes imperative. Join us for this session where panelists will share strategies for managing your time and energy, prioritizing your work, and having work prioritization conversations.

Lifestyle Leadership - download slides

Wednesday, April 3
12 – 12:50pm CT

Leadership is not one-size fits all. As employees move through the stages of the employee lifecycle, they have different needs, and our leadership goals and priorities shift accordingly. Join us for this high-level overview of lifecycle leadership as we begin to unpack how to lead through the stages of recruitment and hiring; onboarding; development and career advancement; coaching and corrective action; and retention and offboarding.

Supervisor Performance Management Series

  • Foundations of Performance Management - download slides

    Wednesday, April 10
    12 – 12:50pm CT

    This session will cover the purpose of performance reviews and how to ensure that they function as a growth tool. It will also provide strategies and best practices for preparing to conduct performance evaluations. 

  • CalibrationRegister!

    Wednesday, April 17
    12 – 12:50pm CT

    It is important that all supervisors have a shared understanding and consistent application of the performance evaluation scale, this session is designed to facilitate that consistency. We will also discuss how to create a shared understanding of the scale within your unit. 

  • Understanding the Rating Scale - Register!

    Wednesday, April 24th
    12 – 12:50pm CT

    This session will cover any recent changes that have been made to the language of the performance rating scale, provide strategies for differentiating between similar performance ratings, and give participants a change to practice rating performance.

  • Coaching Conversations - Register!

    Wednesday, May 22nd
    12 – 12:50pm CT

    In this session, we will equip supervisors to confidently conduct coaching conversations with high performers as well as with employees who are underperforming.

  • Performance Management Panel Discussion

    TBD | Early June

  • Continuing to Manage Performance

    TBD | Late June

All Staff Sessions

Goal Setting - download slides

Thursday, September 28 at 12pm

Setting long- and short-term goals that are specific and actionable is an important component of productivity, job satisfaction, and career advancement. Thoughtful and intentional goal setting can help ground, motivate, and guide you; focus your efforts; and clarify your priorities. Join us for this session to learn more about goal setting strategies and best practices!

Annual Enrollment

Thursday, October 12 at 1pm

Location: In-Person, meeting space TBD based on registration

The Annual Enrollment period for benefit-eligible faculty and staff runs from Oct. 23 – Nov. 3, 2023. Just like it is important to get your health checked annually, the same annual “benefit check-up” is important to help you make choices that support you and your family in the coming year. Join this info session for information on 2024’s insurance options and other benefits available to you.

Managing Up, Part 1 - download slides

Wednesday, November 29
10 – 10:50am CT

Managing Up, Part 2 - download slides

January, 3, 2024
10-10:50am CT

Would you like to build a more effective working relationship with your supervisor? Are you willing to adapt and take charge of your workplace experience? Then, join us for this session as we explore ideas from the book Managing Up: How to Move up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss. This book is also available on Percipio if you’d like to give it a read before or after the session!

 


Supervisor Series

Employees who are not in a supervisory role are welcome to join these sessions, however the content will be geared toward those in a supervisory role. If you miss a session, and would like to view the recording please reach out to Lauren Ellington at lpryt3@umsystem.edu.

Authentic Leadership - download slides

Wednesday, August 16, 12 – 12:45 pm CT

Join us for this session as Jill Wood and Theresa Kuess discuss the importance of leadership and their leadership philosophies, as well as foundational attributes, experiences, and values that shape their leadership.

HR Partners: Here to Help - download slides

Wednesday, August 30, 12 – 12:45 pm CT

Join us for this session where the HR Partners will discuss the type of relationship and support you can expect from your HR partner. During this session the partners will share helpful HR tools and resources that you may or may not know are available to you.

Leading Meetings - download slides

Wednesday, September 13, 12 – 12:45 pm CT

Join us for this session where we discuss various types of meetings as well as strategies and best practices for scheduling and leading those meetings.

Unit, Position, Person - download slides
Wednesday, September 27
12 - 12:45 pm CT

UMSL remains committed to the unit, position, person approach to flexible work arrangements. Join us for this session as we discuss some of the benefits and challenges of different types of flexible work arrangements and walk through factors to consider when making decisions about flexible work arrangements.

Third-Party Conflict Resolution Process for Supervisors, Managers, and Leaders

Wednesday, October 11
12 – 1 pm CT

It is estimated that supervisors and managers spend up to 40% of their time dealing with different types of conflict between or with their employees.  There are real costs to unresolved conflicts including wasted time, opportunity costs, burnout, and employee turnover.  On the other hand, conflicts that are resolved effectively can add real value to the team and organization.  In this session, participants will learn about a 5-step process for helping to resolve conflict between employees, including:

  • Understanding when to use the 3rd party resolution process 
  • Framing the conflict as business issue rather than a personal one 
  • Planning the context for the conflict resolution discussion  
  • Understanding the primary tasks of the 3rd party in the conflict resolution process 

FMLA & ADA

Wednesday, October 25
12 – 12:50 pm CT

Recognizing and responding to FMLA and ADA situations is an important aspect of a supervisor’s role. Join us for this session where we walk through the who, what, when, where, and why of these two employment laws and address some frequently asked questions.

Nepotism & Consensual Romantic Relationships - download slides

Wednesday, November 8
12 – 12:50 pm CT

Recognizing and responding to nepotism and consensual romantic relationship situations is an important aspect of a supervisor’s role and you don’t want to get caught on your heels! Be proactive, and join us for this session to learn more about applicable policies, available resources, and best courses of action when encountering a nepotism or consensual romantic relationship situation.

Compassionate Candor

Wednesday, December 6
12 – 12:50 pm CT

Giving and receiving feedback is a fundamental component of a positive workplace environment and high performance. Compassionate Candor is a framework developed by former Apple and Google executive, Kim Scott, which categorizes feedback interactions based on the degree to which the feedback demonstrates a willingness to care personally while challenging directly. Join us for this session to learn more about this framework and practice crafting compassionately candid feedback interactions.


Paid Time Off Program Sessions

Tuesday, October 17

Webinar  from 7:30 – 8:30 am via Zoom

Webinar  from 9 – 10 am via Zoom

Wednesday, October 18

Short-term Disability: 2:00 – 3:00 pm via Teams

Friday, October 20

Vacation Transition: 10:00 – 11:00 am via Teams

Monday, October 23

Caregiver Leave: 10:00 – 11:00 am via Teams

Thursday, October 26

Welcoming a Child: 2:00 – 3:00 pm via Teams

Wednesday, November 1

Open office hours with HR Partners from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon in 220 Woods Hall

Wednesday, November 15

Open office hours with HR Partners from 2:30 – 4:00 pm in 220 Woods Hall

Stand Alone Sessions

Pulse Survey Debrief - download slides
Tuesday, January 17, from 3 – 3:50pm CT

At UMSL we place a high value on employee input and feedback. As such, we are grateful for the input and feedback we received via the recent pulse survey. Join us for this 50 minute session as we unpack the new data and compare it to the data from the pulse survey conducted last year.

The Fearless Organization – Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Growth, and Innovation
Tuesday, January 24, from 10 – 11am CT - download slides
Friday, February 3, from 3 – 4pm CT

According to Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmonson, hiring talent isn’t enough – psychological safety is essential to unleashing that talent and creating value. A psychologically safe workplace is one that is safe for interpersonal risk-taking. When interpersonal risk is minimized, employees feel free to contribute ideas, share information, and report mistakes, thus organizational performance can be maximized. In her book “The Fearless Organization” Amy Edmundson offers a framework for building and reinforcing psychological safety in the workplace. Join us for this session to learn more about psychological safety and how to cultivate it on your team.

Target Audience: All Employees
Presenter: Lauren Reedy

Information Security Updates and Improvements
Friday, January 27, from 10:30am – 11:30pm CT
January 31, from 3 – 4pm CT

In today's world the importance of IT security cannot be understated. Hackers are continually innovating and finding more effective strategies, and IT Security offices are continually evaluating and updating procedures and safeguards. To that end, UMSL IT is implementing new security improvements and has recommendations on how all UMSL users can assist. Join us for this one-hour session to learn more about these new improvements and get your IT security questions answered.

Target Audience: All Employees
Presenters: Mark Monroe & Ken Voss

Navigating Pregnancy on Campus - download slides
Monday, February 6, from 10 – 11am CT

This one-hour session will answer common questions asked by pregnant employees and students trying to navigate the campus community. The presenters will help unveil the mystery of Title IX, Title VII, ADA, and FMLA related to pregnancy and explain how and where to make pregnancy assistance requests and/or referrals.

Target Audience: All Employees
Presenters: Amber Cheek, Kimberly Goldberg, Cecily Hicks

Addressing Workplace Incivility - download slides

Friday, February 24, from 1:30 – 2:30pm CT

According to a Harvard Business Review poll of thousands of workers, 98% of workers report experiencing uncivil behavior at work. Workplace incivility has consequences for employee engagement, innovation, productivity, customer satisfaction, and more. And if left unaddressed, incivility can progress to even more severe behaviors. Help us continue to cultivate a positive workplace environment and culture by joining us for this session, where we will take a case-based approach to discussing strategies for interrupting instances of incivility in the workplace.

Target Audience: All Employees

Presenters: April Longley and Heather Floden

Staff Compensation Training - download slides

Tuesday, February 28, from 3 – 4pm CT

In the last year, UMSL has rolled out both merit and market-based pay increases for a number of employees. Understandably, pay is an important topic for employees. As such, we would like to offer opportunities for staff to learn more about the staff pay structure at the university. If you’re interested in learning more about staff pay at UMSL, we hope you will join us for one of the upcoming compensation information sessions.

*Please note, this session is not designed to discuss specific units or individual employees, if you would like to have a more particularized conversation of that nature, please reach out to your HR partner

Target Audience: All benefit-eligible staff members

Presenters: Cathi Veach and Jill Wood

Supervisor Listening Sessions 

Building upon last year’s focus groups, we are excited to host supervisor listening sessions this February focused on enhancing employee engagement, morale, and workplace culture.

For employees who are not in a supervisory role, we ask that you participate by suggesting actions you think supervisors could take to increase employee engagement and morale via the anonymous response portal. **Portal will close on February 1**

For employees in a supervisory role, we invite you to register for one of the following sessions using the links below. During each session, we will review and make sense of UMSL employee survey data and generate responses to our key questions. Our hope is that you will leave feeling empowered and supported in your ongoing efforts to enhance engagement, morale, and workplace culture in your unit.**Registration will close on February 1**

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 9:30 - 11am CT (virtual)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 11am -12:30pm CT (virtual)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 10:30am – 12pm CT (in person - 101 Woods Conference Room)

Work Prioritization Panel Discussion - download slides

Wednesday, March 22, from 1 – 2pm CT

We know workload is high across the university. And when workload is high, prioritization becomes imperative. Join us for this session where panelists will share strategies for prioritizing your own work and for having work prioritization conversations with your supervisor and or direct reports.

To learn more about Covey's 7 habits of highly effective people check out these Percipio trainings and/or the FranklinCovey website.

And to learn more about Tasks by Planner, check out these Percipio trainings and/or this tutorial referenced during the session.

Panelists: Danielle Faucett, Carla Jordan, and Jill Wood

Target Audience: All employees

Building & Protecting Your Energy - download slides

Monday, March 20, from 11am – 12pm CT

Feeling a little burnt out? Join us for this session where we attempt to identify some personal energizers and drainers and consider how we can build and protect our energy by maximizing our energizers and reducing our drainers.

Presenter: Lauren Reedy
Target Audience: All employees

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

We would like to highlight an upcoming professional development opportunity hosted by Information Technology Services (ITS). ITS invites you to this hands-on Microsoft Teams workshop. If you're new to Microsoft Teams or interested in learning more about this collaborative tool, plan to join us for this basic session. Participants will learn what Microsoft Teams is, the best practices for using the platform, and how to use some of its features. Bring a colleague, and let's get started using Microsoft Teams!

When: Tuesday, March 28, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Where: Express Scripts Hall (ESH) 005

If you have questions about this session or encounter trouble with registration please contact Jennifer Simms at jsimms@umsl.edu.

Conflict Resolution Workshop for Supervisors

Option 1: Thursday, April 20, from 10am – 12:30pm CT 
Option 2: Thursday, May 18, from 1 – 3:30pm CT

Sessions will be held in ABH 103. Minimum of 10 people, maximum of 30 people per session. 

Conflicts are an inevitable component of organizational life. And effectively approaching, navigating, and resolving conflicts and issues as they arise is essential for fostering a healthy organizational culture. If you are a supervisor at UMSL looking to enhance your conflict resolution skills, join us for this in-person workshop facilitated by conflict resolution practitioner Marlo Goldstein Hode.

Target Audience: All UMSL supervisors
Presenter: Marlo Goldstein Hode

Addressing Incivility for Supervisors - download slides

Friday, April 21, from 1- 2pm CT

According to a Harvard Business Review poll of thousands of workers, 98% of workers report experiencing uncivil behavior at work. Workplace  incivility  has consequences for employee engagement, innovation, productivity, customer satisfaction, and more. And supervisors have a critical role in  ensuring instances of incivility do not go unaddressed or progress to more severe behaviors. Help us continue to cultivate a positive workplace environment and culture by joining us for this session, where we will take a case-based approach to discussing what supervisors can to do interrupt  incivility  in the workplace. 

Target Audience: All supervisors 

Presenters: Heather Floden & April Longley 

Compassionate Candor - download slides

Tuesday, April 25, from 11:30am – 12:30pm CT

Giving and receiving feedback is a fundamental component of a positive workplace environment and high performance. Compassionate Candor is a framework developed by former Apple and Google executive, Kim Scott, which categorizes feedback interactions based on the degree to which the feedback demonstrates a willingness to care personally while challenging directly. Join us for this session to learn more about this framework and practice crafting compassionately candid feedback interactions. 

Target Audience: All employees 

Presenter: Lauren Reedy 

Pulse Survey Debrief - download slides, recording

Thursday, June 22 at 10:30am
Tuesday, June 27 at 3pm

A pulse survey is a frequently repeated, short survey that allows the organization to learn views and track progress on areas of focus. We began offering pulse surveys at UMSL in January of 2022 and recently completed our third round. Join us for this session where we talk about the newest data and how it compares to earlier data.


HR Hiring Series

Hiring Series Part I: Job Postings - download slides
Thursday, January 5, from 11:30am – 12pm CT
Thursday, January 12, from 3 – 3:30pm CT

The Staff Job Posting form will make us more efficient and effective once we all get comfortable using it. Join us for a 30-minute session covering how to complete the form, the timeline for job postings, and some common errors to avoid so that you don't encounter unnecessary delays during this important process.

Target Audience: All supervisors
Presenter: Heather Floden

Hiring Series Part II: Screening, Interviewing & Making Offers
Thursday, January 19, from 11:30am – 12:15pm CT
Thursday, January 26, from 3 – 3:45pm CT

Join us for part two of our hiring series. In this session, we will provide guidance and best practices around reviewing applications, reducing interviewer bias, making an offer, and the steps to complete the process within eRecruit.

Target Audience: All supervisors
Presenter: Heather Floden

Hiring Series Part III: Onboarding
Wednesday, February 1, from 12 – 12:45pm CT
Thursday, February 9, from 3 – 3:45pm CT

A good onboarding process increases new employee effectiveness, engagement, and job satisfaction while reducing turnover and enriching organizational culture. Join us for part three of our hiring series as we discuss the onboarding process to make sure you are gaining all the benefits a good onboarding process has to offer.

Target Audience: All supervisors
Presenter: Heather Floden


Performance Evaluation Series for Supervisors

Human Resources is pleased to offer more robust professional development opportunities for supervisors beginning with a three-part series designed to equip supervisors to navigate performance evaluations and coaching conversations. We strongly encourage all supervisors to attend. To ensure these sessions are as accessible as possible, we will offer each session twice, on different days, of different weeks, during different times of the day. Additionally, we will leave one week between topics and make HR Partners available to meet and discuss the covered content with supervisors who were unable to attend either of the regularly scheduled sessions. The series schedule will be as follows: 

Part One | Evaluation Foundations - download slides

Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 10 – 11am
Thursday, February 23, from 2 – 3pm

Make-up appointments as needed during the week of Feb. 27 th 

This session will cover the purpose of performance and how to ensure that they function as a growth tool. It will also provide strategies and best practices for preparing to conduct performance evaluations. 

Part Two | Calibration 

Monday, March 14, from 3 – 4pm
Tuesday, March 20, 2 – 3pm

It is important that all supervisors have a shared understanding and consistent application of the performance evaluation scale, this session is designed to facilitate that consistency. We will also discuss how to create a shared understanding of the scale within your unit. 

Part Three | Coaching Conversations 

Tuesday, April 11, from 10 – 11am 
Wednesday, April 19, from 11 – 12pm *note the date change from April 5 to allow employees to attend the PTO Information Sessions on April 5* 

In this session, we will equip supervisors to confidently conduct coaching conversations with high performers as well as with employees who are underperforming.

Part Four | Understanding the Rating Scale 

Wednesday, April 12, from 11 – 11:45am CT
Monday, April 17, from 11 – 11:45am CT

This session will cover any recent changes that have been made to the language of the performance rating scale, provide strategies for differentiating between similar performance ratings, and give participants a change to practice rating performance.

Part Five | Technical Session  

View Video Session

In this 30-minute session, we will walk you through how to navigate the performance rating system and enter ratings, comments, etc. This session will be recorded and posted on the HR website after the session for supervisors to reference as needed throughout the performance appraisal process.

Part 6 | Panel Discussion 

Monday, May 22, from 11:30am – 12:30pm CT

Join us for this session to hear from current UMSL supervisors Lisa Capone, Liane Constantine, and Dan Freet as they answer questions about and share strategies for, advice on, and experiences with conducting performance appraisals and coaching conversations. 


Performance Appraisal Series for All Staff

Performance Appraisals are just around the corner! To make sure you are prepared, join us for this four-part series covering the performance appraisal timeline and process, how to draft self-appraisals, approaches to feedback, and what to do after you’ve received your performance appraisal.

Part 1 – Self Appraisals - download slides

Tuesday, April 11, from 3 – 4pm CT 

Tuesday, April 18, from 10:30 – 11:30am CT

The window for completing self-appraisals is from April 10 – April 28. As you begin drafting your self appraisal, join us for this session, which seeks to cover everything employees need to know about drafting self-appraisals including why self-appraisals are important, how they are used, what goes into a self appraisal, and more.    

Part 2 – Understanding the Process - download slides

Wednesday, May 3, from 2 – 2:45 pm CT

Tuesday, May 9, from 10 – 10:45am CT

The waiting period between submitting your self-appraisal and having your progress check in with your supervisor can be suspenseful and may even be a source of anxiety for some, but understanding the process can help. Join us for this session to gain a better understanding of the performance appraisal process, what goes on after you submit your self appraisal, and what to expect next.

Part 3 – Approaching Feedback - download slides

Tuesday, May 23, from 10 – 11am CT

Monday, June 5, from 1 – 2pm CT

Performance appraisals are designed to be a growth and development tool. Join us for this session where we discuss frameworks and strategies for approaching feedback that maximize the feedback’s positive effect on your growth and development. 

Part 4 – What Now? - download slides

Tuesday, June 20, from 10:30 – 11:30 am CT

Monday, June 26, from 2 – 3pm CT

So, you’ve had your performance check-in with your supervisor... now what? Join us for this session which seeks to cover everything an employee needs to know after receiving a performance evaluation including how to use your performance evaluation for career growth and what to do if you disagree with your evaluation.


Other Available Trainings

Percepio

Supervisor Development Series

Register

This development series is comprised of 7 “Tracks” which are intended to provide staff, new to the supervisor role, or new to the role at the University, the information and resources they need to be effective managers of resources and supervisors of their staff, while being compliant with HR laws and University policies.

Performance Reviews: HBR 20 Minute Manager Series

Performance reviews are critical to your employees' development! Check out this audiobook available on percipio to learn more about how to gather and analyze the right information; document your assessment; conduct the performance check-in meeting; invest in high performers; address performance problems; assist with goal setting, and more in just over an hour of listening. 

Wellness Center

Real Appeal Q&A
Wednesday, January 4, 2 – 2:30pm CT

Real Appeal is UnitedHealthcare's personalized online weight-loss program available to adults with UM-sponsored medical insurance who have a BMI of 23 or greater. Learn more about the program during this Q&A session.

January Lunch & Learn – Preventive Care
Wednesday, January 18, 12:30 – 1pm CT

This Lunch & Learn will educate you on preventive care and why it is important to have regular screenings and checkups.

February Lunch & Learn – Heart Health
Wednesday, February 15, 12:30 – 1pm CT

This Lunch and Learn will educate you on basic functions of the heart, risk factors for developing heart disease, and the warning signs of a heart attack. We will also highlight the key components to leading a healthier lifestyle and how your health numbers can impact your overall well-being.

Learn more and register for a Wellness training on the UM System website.

HR Compliance Series

HR Compliance Series | Part One – Equity & Title IX
Micro Session: Monday, October 3, from 12 – 12:25pm CT
Deeper Dive Session: Tuesday, October 11, from 10 – 10:50am CT

UMSL HR is utilizing a new training structure to launch a new series covering a variety of compliance topics. The plan for this series is to debut a topic as a case-based micro-learning (25 minutes) one week with a longer session (50 minutes) for those interested in a deeper dive the following week. Part one of this series will cover Equity & Title IX situations a supervisor might encounter. Join us for the 25-minute micro session to get a an appetizer sized portion the applicable policies, available resources, ways to stay informed about behavior, and best courses of actions when encountering an Equity and/or Title IX situation. And if you are interested in going deeper, join us for the 50-minute follow-up session.

Target Audience: All supervisors

Presenter: Dana Beteet Daniels

HR Compliance Series | Part Two – Reporting: the grievance process, the bias hotline, and the ethics & compliance hotline

Micro Session: Wednesday, October 19, from 10:30 – 10:55am CT
Deeper Dive: Monday, October 31, from 11:30am – 12:20pm CT

UMSL HR is utilizing a new training structure to launch a new series covering a variety of compliance topics. The plan for this series is to debut a topic as a case-based micro-learning (25 minutes) one week with a longer session (50 minutes) the following week for those interested in a deeper dive. Part two will cover reporting situations a supervisor might encounter, and will include information on the grievance process, the bias hotline, and the ethics & compliance hotline. Join us for the 25-minute micro session to get quick overview of the applicable policies, available resources, ways to stay informed about behavior, and best courses of actions when encountering a reporting situation. And if you are interested in going deeper, join us for the 50-minute follow-up session.

Target Audience: All supervisors

Presenters: Veronica Schultz, Michelle Piranio, Shawn Hogan, April Longley, & Debra Till

HR Compliance Series | Part Three – ADA & FMLA
Micro Session: Thursday, November 3, from 10 – 10:25am
Deeper Dive: Monday, November 7, from 3 – 3:50 pm

UMSL HR is utilizing a new training structure to launch a new series covering a variety of compliance topics. The plan for this series is to debut a topic as a case-based micro-learning (25 minutes) one week with a longer session (50 minutes) the following week for those interested in a deeper dive. Part three will cover ADA & FMLA situations a supervisor might encounter, and will include information on the grievance process, the bias hotline, and the ethics & compliance hotline. Join us for the 25-minute micro session to get quick overview of the applicable policies, available resources, ways to stay informed about behavior, and best courses of actions when encountering an ADA or FMLA situation. And if you are interested in going deeper, join us for the 50-minute follow-up session.

Target Audience: All supervisors

Presenters: Taylor Blair, Amber Cheek, and Terrance McDonald

HR Compliance Series | Part Four – Nepotism & Consensual Romantic Relationships
Monday, November 14, from 10 – 10:50am CT

This semester UMSL HR has launched a new series covering a variety of compliance topics. The fourth and final part of this series will cover nepotism and consensual romantic relationship situations a supervisor might encounter. We’re going to cover this topic in just one session so join us for this 50-minute session to learn more about applicable policies, available resources, ways to stay informed about behavior, and best courses of actions when encountering an nepotism or consensual romantic relationship situation.

Target Audience: All supervisors

Presenters: Nick Beydler & Paul Maguffee

HR Hiring Series

Hiring Series | Part One – Job Posting Forms
Thursday, October 6, from 11:30am – 12pm CT
Thursday, October 13, from 3 – 3:30pm CT

The Staff Job Posting form will make us more efficient and effective once we all get comfortable using it. Join us for a 30-minute session covering how to complete the form, the timeline for job postings, and some common errors to avoid so that you don't encounter unnecessary delays during this important process.

Target Audience: All supervisors

Presenters: Heather Floden & Donna Hunter

Hiring Series | Part Two – Screening, Interviewing, and Making Offers
Thursday, October 20, from 11:30am – 12pm CT
Thursday, October 27, from 3 – 3:30pm CT

Join us for part two of our hiring series. In this session, we will provide guidance and best practices around reviewing applications, reducing interviewer bias, making an offer, and the steps to complete the process within eRecruit.

Target Audience: All supervisors

Presenters: Heather Floden & Donna Hunter

Hiring Series | Part Three – Onboarding
Thursday, November 3, from 12 – 12:45pm
Thursday, November 10, from 3 – 3:45pm

A good onboarding process increases new employee effectiveness, engagement, and job satisfaction while reducing turnover and enriching organizational culture. Join us for part three of our hiring series as we discuss the onboarding process to make sure you are gaining all the benefits a good onboarding process has to offer.

Target Audience: All supervisors

Presenters: Heather Floden & Donna Hunter

Stand Alone Sessions

Staff Compensation Training Sessions
Monday, October 3, from 2-3pm CT
Friday, October 7, from 9-10am CT

In recent months, UMSL has rolled out both merit and market-based pay increases for a number of employees. Understandably, pay is an important topic for employees. As such, we would like to offer opportunities for staff to learn more about the staff pay structure at the university. If you’re interested in learning more about staff pay at UMSL, we hope you will join us for one of the upcoming compensation information sessions. *Please note, this session is not designed to discuss specific units or individual employees, if you would like to have a more particularized conversation of that nature, please reach out to your HR partner.

Target Audience: All benefit-eligible staff members

Presenters: Tanika Busch, Cathi Veach, and Jill Wood

Panel Discussion | Team Cohesion & Team Building
Friday, October 28, from 11:30am – 12:30pm CT

Focusing on team building and team cohesion can build trust, increase collaboration, foster effective communication, and ultimately enhance team member productivity and satisfaction. Join us for this discussion where panelists will share experiences and offer strategies related to team building and team cohesion.

Target Audience: All employees

Presenters: Carla Jordan, Theresa Keuss, and Jonathan Lidgus

Gratitude & Recognition
Friday, October 14, from 10 – 11am CT
Monday, October 17, from 3 – 4pm CT

Practicing gratitude and offering thoughtful recognition can go a long way to enhance employee engagement and improve the workplace experience. Join us for this session to spend time considering how you can cultivate a culture of gratitude and recognition on your team.

Target Audience: All employees

Presenter: Lauren Reedy

Employee Engagement Ideas & Best Practices
Wednesday, November 16, from 12 – 12:45 pm

This session is focused on the Engage resources. Join us for this 45-minute session to discuss why, how, and when to utilize the Engage resources to maximize employee engagement, retention, and productivity.

Target Audience: All supervisors

Presenter: Terrance McDonald

Hiring Series

Hiring Series Part 1: Job Postings
Friday, March 11, from 11:30am - 12:30pm CT

The new Staff Job Posting will make us more efficient and effective once we all get comfortable using it. Join us for a 30 minute session covering how to complete the form, the timeline for job postings, and some common errors to avoid so that you don't encounter unnecessary delays during this important process.

Hiring Series Part 2: Applicant Selection and Interviewing
Friday, May 20th from 11:30am - 12:30pm CT

Join us for part 2 of our hiring series. In this session, we will be providing guidance and best practices around reviewing applications, reducing interviewer bias, making an offer, and your steps to complete the process within eRecruit.

Flex Work Series

Flex Work Series: Flex Work 101 for Supervisors
Friday, April 22 from 11-11:50am CT

During this session for supervisors, we will answer questions like what is flex work and what are the different types? Why is offering flex work important and is it really worth the extra effort? We will also offer strategies for determining whether flex work is appropriate for your direct reports, communicating flex work decisions, establishing and managing a team schedule that includes flex workers, evaluating flex-worker performance, and fostering team cohesion on a team with flex workers.

Flex Work Series: Flex Work 101 for All Employees
Friday, April 29 from 11-11:50am CT

During this session we will answer questions like what is flex work and what are the different types? What exactly is our flex work policy? What makes some positions more or less suitable for flex work than others? We will also offer strategies for having conversations about flex work with your supervisor.

Flex Work Series Part 2 | Best Practices Panel Discussion for Supervisors
Wednesday, May 18th from 12 – 12:50pm CT
Offering flex work can improve employee job satisfaction, increase productivity, and grow your applicant pool. Come hear from our panelists about why they value flex work, how they approach flex work on their teams, and what strategies they use to manage flex worker performance.

Flex Work Series Part 2 | Flex Work Best Practices Panel Discussion for All Employees
Tuesday, May 24th from 12 – 12:50pm CT
Flex work has proven benefits but it may also require team members to employ new strategies. Come hear from our panelists about why they value flex work, how they approach flex work on their teams, and how supervisors and direct reports work together to ensure flex work runs smoothly.

Campus Community Key Conversations Series

Campus Community "Key Topic" Conversation: Facilities
Friday, April 8th from 12 -1pm CT

The focus group sessions held in the Fall generated the idea of hosting campus community conversations on some key topics. One of those key topics identified by the groups was facilities. If you desire to gain a greater understanding of the priorities of, would like to learn more about or have questions regarding facilities, please join us for this session.

Campus Community "Key Topic" Conversation: UMSL PD & Campus Safety
Friday, May 13th from 12 – 12:50pm CT

The focus group sessions held in the Fall generated the idea of hosting campus community conversations on some key topics. One of those key topics identified by the groups was UMSL PD and campus safety. If you desire to gain a greater understanding of the priorities of, would like to learn more about or have questions regarding UMSL PD and campus safety, please join us for this session.

Stand Alone Sessions

FMLA & Shared Leave
Thursday, March 10, from 12 - 1pm CT

During this session, you'll learn more about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and how it is administered at the university. FMLA is a federal law that provides employees the right to take a leave of absence for family and medical reasons as well as leave for military families while maintaining job protection. The session will also highlight the university's Shared Leave Program, which enables eligible employees to donate accrued vacation benefits to a pool to be used for other employees who have experienced a catastrophic event.

Wellness Team
Thursday, March 17, from 12 – 1 pm CT

There are numerous benefits and resources that are a part of the university’s UnitedHealthcare (UHC) benefits package. In this session, you’ll meet with UHC representatives who work specifically with UMSL employees. They will share resources and answer questions about the wellness events and services that are available to you.

Sharpen Your Saw: Carving out Time for Professional Development
Tuesday, March 22, from 10 – 11am CT

In this fast-paced environment it can be difficult to carve out time for your own growth and development. But taking time to sharpen your saw will make you more effective and save you time in the long run. Join us to discuss strategies for prioritizing your own growth and to preview what is available to you in Percepio.

Performance Appraisals & Self-Appraisals
Monday, April 25 from 11 – 11:50am CT

Performance appraisals and self-appraisals are just getting started. Join us for this session to help get prepared. During this session we will have discussion about calibrating our approach to enhance clarity and consistency in the way performance appraisals are conducted across the university. This session will also highlight the ways implicit bias can influence performance appraisals and become a barrier to consistency and equity. Finally, this session will provide strategies for crafting feedback in a constructive way.

Merit Calibration
Wednesday, May 25th from 12 - 12:50pm CT

Join us for a calibration session designed to create a common, consistent language from which to clearly communicate performance expectations and standards.

UM System Professional Development

The UM System offers several different professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Supervisor Development Series

The Supervisor Development Series is a seven-course program geared toward employees who are new to a position with supervisory responsibility. Participants would ideally attend this series as a part of their onboarding process (post hire, reclassification, etc.). Those with existing supervisory responsibilities are also welcome and encouraged to register. Learn more about this series.

Leadership Development

There are four different leadership development programs available for leaders across the system. Learn more about leadership opportunities.

Retirement Seminars

The UM System Office of Human Resources offers seminars to help actively employed faculty and staff, as well as retirees, plan for retirement and understand the University's core and voluntary retirement plans. Learn more about the retirement seminar series.

Compliance and Regulatory Training

Learn more about UM System compliance and regulatory training.

 

Staff Development Opportunities

Third Thursdays

Every 3rd Thursday, the UM Learning & Organizational Development Team offers an opportunity to learn with your peers across the university around a variety of topics related to your experience in the workplace. Learn more about Third Thursdays.

Third Thursdays