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April 27, 2021

HR Training Update

As we begin to enjoy warmer weather and set our sights on summer, we would like to highlight some upcoming OHR sponsored training opportunities that are available to employees.

Performance Management Update

The implementation of the performance management process in Workday continues to progress. For the colleges and divisions currently participating, the implementation of the self-evaluation and supervisor evaluation process in Workday scheduled for the spring was postponed due to unanticipated changes caused by COVID-19. As a result, self-evaluations and supervisor evaluations were completed outside of Workday.  
The Workday process will resume for the next performance review cycle — April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. For this cycle, we will welcome new groups from campus as well as returning groups to join the process. The tentative schedule for this cycle is as follows: 

Dates* Activity
July Employee goal setting and supervisor approval of goals 
October – November   Mid-year review (optional) 
March Self-evaluations followed by supervisor evaluations
Early April Calibration
Late April One-on-one performance meetings between employee and supervisor 
May – June Merit decisions made (if merit is available) 
*This is just an estimated timeline. Detailed timeline and deadlines will be communicated to your college/division throughout the process.  

The first step in this cycle is goal setting. For goal setting, we will offer instructor led training via Zoom from late June through July. All are welcome to attend these trainings; however, we highly encourage attendance from campus groups newly joining the Workday performance management tool, as well as new employees. Please look out for communication from your HR business partner and/or from leadership in your college or division on how to sign up. In the meantime, feel free to review the Performance Management and Merit page for further information and resources.

Personal and Team Development Offerings

OHR’s Learning and Development team has certified facilitators available to lead DiSC and True Colors sessions to help individuals and groups better understand and appreciate personality styles in the workplace. 


DiSC is an assessment tool based on the DiSC theory of psychologist William Moulton Marston, which centers on four different personality traits. This theory was developed into a behavioral assessment tool by industrial psychologist Walter Vernon Clarke. In the three-hour foundational session, certified facilitators from the OHR Learning and Development team help participants:

  • Learn about DiSC® and the Everything DiSC Workplace® Map
  • Identify their styles and explore the priorities that drive them
  • Discover similarities and differences among the DiSC styles
  • Discover their reaction to different DiSC® styles
  • Identify what works for and challenges them
  • Use DiSC to understand the people they work with

Participation is available for interested teams at nominal cost ($72/person + $120 for a team report). For more information or to schedule a training session, please contact the Learning and Development team

True Colors

True Colors is a user-friendly temperament and personality typing program that has been helping people of all ages understand and recognize differences that can lead to miscommunication and conflict. In the three-hour foundational session, certified facilitators from the OHR Learning and Development team and from across the university help participants:

  • Learn about True Colors including the evolution of this user-friendly tool
  • Understand themselves and others
  • Appreciate differences
  • Consider how to apply their True Colors awareness to real-world situations

This training is suitable as a stand-alone session for team building and development and/or as part of an onsite event. Participation is available for interested teams at nominal cost ($29.95/person). For more information or to schedule a training session, please contact the Learning and Development team.  

Civil Treatment in the Workplace for Leaders and Employees 

Civil Treatment in the Workplace (separate sessions for leaders and employees) simulates realistic workplace scenarios, offering insights and practical skills that are relevant to organizational success as it relates to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. By focusing on day-to-day behaviors along with the law, these programs offer a dynamic and interactive learning experience that promotes clear understanding of our organization’s workplace standards and expectations. With simple and sustainable learning models and tools, participants develop skills proven to positively impact workplace culture and business results in ways that align with organizational vision and values. This training is suitable as a stand-alone session for team building and development. For more information or to schedule a training session for either leaders or employees, please contact the Learning and Development team.  

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. The program enables supervisors to champion CMU’s core values and seeks to help them create a work environment where the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront. Whether you are new to supervising or experienced, anyone who supervises will benefit by attending some or all of the training sessions in this program. For information on the session topics, please review the Staff Supervisory Awareness page

The next set of courses will run from mid-June through early December. All supervisors will receive a communication about the registration process in FocusU, which will open up in mid-May. If you have questions about this program or registration, please contact the Learning and Development team.

Bias and Diversity Training Courses Now Available 

Diversity remains a critical element for success at CMU, so we invite all CMU employees to take time to complete two on-demand courses available in FocusU. These engaging presentations promote self-awareness and provide useful strategies for workplace success in diverse and inclusive environments.

  • Managing Bias (20 minutes) — Identify and reduce the negative effects of bias in the workplace.
  • Diversity: Inclusion in the Workplace (60 minutes) — Explore the benefits of diversity in the workplace and provide practical strategies for workplace inclusion.