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, Ms. Lauren Reedy, at lpryt3@umsystem.edu.


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 - Register

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 - Register

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
Monday, February 6, from 10 – 11am CT - Register

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 

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

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 

Tuesday, February 28, from 3 – 4pm CT - Register

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


Question of the Month Series

January Question of the Month

As we start the new semester and continue to create a training schedule for the Spring semester, we need your help identifying training topics. Please help us ensure that our Spring training calendar reflects your needs by answering the question of the month below during the live kick-off session and/or via the open response portal. We will also seek feedback regarding session logistics (ie. preferred dates/times, communication preferences, etc.) during the January kick off session.

Question: What training and development opportunities would you and/or your unit benefit from this semester?

January Kick-Off Session Details:
Wednesday, January 4, from 10 – 10:30am CT
Open Response Portal

January Debrief/February Kick-Off Session Details:
Thursday, February 2, from 2 – 2:30pm CT - Register

February Question of the Month

A positive work environment is a vital component of fostering morale and engagement a well as increasing retention and productivity. Please respond to the question of the month to share strategies for cultivating a positive workplace environment with other units so we can all benefit from your ideas.

Question: What are some things your team has done/is doing to foster collaboration and cohesion and contribute to a positive team culture?

February Kick-Off/January Debrief Session Details:
Thursday, February 2, from 2 – 2:30pm CT - Register

Open Response Portal

February Debrief/March Kick-Off
Monday, February 27, 3-3:30pm CT - Register

March Question of the Month

When we are stressed and burnt out we are not our best selves. We invite you to respond to the question of the month to share strategies for reducing stress and burnout.  

Question: What are some things you do to manage stress and/or avoid burnout?  

March Kick-Off/February Debrief Session Details:
Monday, February 27, from 3 – 3:30pm CT - Register

March Debrief/April Kick-Off:
Session details - TBD

 


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 - Register
Thursday, February 9, from 3 – 3:45pm CT - Register

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


HR Hiring Series

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

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 

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 6, from 9 – 10am
Tuesday, March 14, 3 – 4pm

Make-up appointments as needed during the week of March 20th 

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 

Wednesday, April 5, from 12 – 1pm
Tuesday, April 11, from 10 – 11am

Make-up appointments as needed during the week of April 17 

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


Other Available Trainings

Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Diversity 101: DEI in the Academic Workplace

Register

In this highly interactive online course, you will gain knowledge, awareness, and communication skills for providing leadership around diversity and inclusion issues; working more effectively with people from backgrounds different than your own; and for making our campuses more welcoming and inclusive for everyone. The course runs from

January – June and is designed to engage people who are new to the topic as well as those who have had more exposure to these topics and issues.

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.

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.