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January 21, 2021

HR Training Update January 2021

As the new calendar year begins, the Office of Human Resources is gearing up for a busy winter and spring with various training opportunities. OHR aims to keep employees up-to-date on HR policies, benefits and services, and strives to promote employee success by providing training and resources to enhance job performance, skills and professional development.

Performance Management Self-Evaluation and Supervisor Evaluation Training

The implementation of a shared, Workday-based performance management process continues in 2021. Colleges and divisions currently participating will continue with employee self-evaluations and supervisor evaluations. This review process aims to facilitate constructive discussion between employees and supervisors to clarify performance objectives, provide performance-related feedback and create a framework for employee development plans.

OHR offers training on the performance management process and related steps in Workday. Employee training focuses on self-evaluations, while supervisors receive content related to the supervisor evaluation and related responsibilities. Upcoming training will also provide information on refinements to the rating scale and the newly-incorporated open-ended questions that were modified based on feedback from focus groups and survey responses. Live training via Zoom will begin in mid-February, prior ot the start of self-evaluations in Workday on March 1, and will continue through March.

To register, select "Enroll" for the session that best fits your schedule:

You can also visit the Performance Management Resources page to find templates, guidance documents, web-based training and step-by-step quick guides. 

Staff Supervisory Awareness Program

The Staff Supervisory Awareness Program was developed to address the outcomes of the Task Force on Campus Climate and to provide all supervisors at CMU with a solid foundation of core human resources knowledge critical to their success. In particular, the program focuses on how supervisors can champion CMU’s core values of empathy, compassion, inclusion, dedication, impact and collaboration. Furthermore, the program seeks to help supervisors create a work environment where the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront. Whether you are a new supervisor or an experienced one, all supervisors can benefit from attending the training. Supervisors are encouraged to sign up for any or all sessions that would be useful in their role.

Registration is required and sessions are capped at 35 attendees, so be sure to register early and to cancel your enrollment if you cannot attend to allow someone else to attend. Although the sessions can be taken in any order, it is highly recommended that you complete Session 101 first to provide a foundation of legal concepts before proceeding with the other sessions.

Session 101 is available on-demand in FocusU; all other sessions will be led by a learning and development trainer and an HR business partner via Zoom. Follow the links in the table below and click on "Enroll" to register for the session(s) that best fit your schedule.

Session Title Available Dates and Times
Session 101: Employment Laws On-demand in FocusU — click on “Enroll” to access 
Session 201: DiSC March 3; 9 a.m.–noon
Session 202: ELI Civil Treatment March 3; 1–4 p.m.  
Session 301: Recruiting and Workforce Planning February 3; 9–11:30 a.m.
March 10; 1–3:30 p.m. 
Session 302: Performance Management: Managing, Addressing and Recognizing Performance February 10; 9–11:30 a.m.
March 17; 9–11:30 a.m.
Session 303: Managing an Effective and Engaged Workforce February 17; 1–3:30 p.m. 
March 24; 9–11:30 a.m.
Session 401: Establishing Rapport and Setting Expectations February 24; 9–11:30 a.m.
April 7; 9–11:30 a.m.
Session 402: Performance Management: Addressing Challenging Employee Issues February 24; 1–3:30 p.m.
April 7; 1–3:30 p.m.

Development Program Guide Updates 

In July 2020, OHR introduced the Development Program Guide, a curated collection of online learning modules organized by role/topic area. This resource continues to expand, and OHR is pleased to announce that sections devoted to  Team Development and  Professional Development have been added. The Development Program Guide collection now includes development resources related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Supervisor Development; Recruitment and Search; Professional Development; and Team Development. We invite all employees to explore the resources and use them to assist with their career development needs.