All Available Tools, Trainings and Consultations
A quick guide/reference to assist managers and leaders who already have many of the resources needed for successful implementation.
- Conflict and Change Management Tools
Effective conflict management is critical to the success of our institution. Managing conflicts well is an important part of a vital, thriving community and as leaders; it is our responsibility to manage conflict early, respectfully, and appropriately.
- Employee Orientation Resources
The orientation period is the time during which the employer and the employee begin developing their relationship and setting the standards of performance. Make use of our available resources to ensure that you are giving your employees everything they need to do their job successfully.
- Evaluating and Rebalancing Workload
Evaluating and rebalancing workload and/or the need to fill vacant positions includes looking at the nature and relative importance of each duty, whether it should continue to be performed and, if so, by whom.
- Four Actions You Can Take Right Now for Productivity and Engagement
Here are a few everyday practices you can utilize immediately. The time you spend now on coaching, leading, providing support and establishing expectations and accountability will pay dividends later.
- Four Key Competencies (pdf)
Learn the four key competencies for leaders who are managing through challenging times.
- Knowledge Transfer Tool (pdf)
Transfer knowledge among staff to assure the continuing operations in the event of retirement, resignation, disability, and reductions in force.
- Managing in Uncertain Times (pdf)
Leaders can have a positive effect on morale and productivity, even in difficult times. Know the signs of employee distress and show concern. Includes ten ways to help your employees.
- Personal Health Assessment (PHA)
Encourage individuals to complete the PHA, a survey tool consisting of questions related to lifestyle and health history factors that have the highest impact on health, and in turn, work performance. A tailored report providing health improvement recommendations is generated after taking the PHA.
- Retirement Options
There are normally two options available for retirement: Regular and Phased. This site describes the programs and processes to ensure a smooth departure when they are utilized.
- RIF: Communication Guidelines for Supervisors (pdf)
Learn how to communicate difficult or challenging news for leaders facing restructuring, reassignment, furlough, or job eliminations.
- RIF: Guiding Managers through a Difficult Process (pdf)
A manual designed for supervisors and managers to understand the effects of change on themselves, how to handle the “human side” of change among staff, key strategies to help manage the future performance of the team and other valuable resources.
- Reward and Recognition
Using regular recognition to acknowledge high productivity, support consistent productivity, and appreciate improved productivity is a powerful tool for supervisors/managers. This website provides UI guidelines, recognition opportunities on campus, and funding assistance applications.
- Strategic Staffing Model
Identifies and addresses the staffing implications of unit strategies and plans, or of significant change. It is an effort to ensure that the unit has the right people in the right place with the right skills at the right time, in order to meet its objectives.
- Successful Integration of Incoming Staff (pdf)
A resource tool to assist Human Resource Representatives and managers as the University prepares for possible layoffs, furloughs, and displacements of employees. This “tip sheet” specifically addresses those employees that will be transitioning to a new position/department and the workgroups that will be receiving them.
A general overview of a topic and the specific resources to assist leaders in gaining additional knowledge and skills to meet the challenges.
- The Driving Forces of Change
How your staff responds to a proposed change can make or break the success of that implementation. Learn what is normal and necessary to help people get on board.
- Communicating Layoffs with Confidence and Compassion
Informing an employee that the position they currently hold is being eliminated and that they may be laid off likely ranks as one of the most difficult talks a supervisor or manager has to face. This training is designed to infuse more compassion and humanity into the process, provide consistency in how layoff notices are delivered, improve communication for those affected, and help the organization recover more quickly and with the least amount of residual trauma possible. For more information on this course, please call Faculty and Staff Services at 335-2085.
- Facilitation Skills: Dealing with Resistance
Leaders at all levels need to understand that resistance and change go hand in hand. Learn skills from expert facilitators on how to recognize the resistance and practice skills to manage it.
- Getting Things Done® Essentials
This program is intended for anyone who wants to: reduce their stress; increase their productivity; get and keep their in-box, email and voicemail to zero; or gain more time and energy while managing multiple responsibilities with more success.
- Performance Management Miniseries
To effectively supervise all of your staff to achieve unit goals, it is necessary to tailor your interactions—staff who are already engaged need opportunities that challenge them to learn more; the unengaged staff need from you a sense of the purpose and importance of their work to the unit, and acknowledgement of their effort and achievements; and the disengaged need to understand the expectations of their position and their employment at the University and the consequences of their actions. The Performance Management miniseries offers regular supervisory practices that will assist all staff to do their best. This series is scheduled several times a year. Visit the website to complete the application when available.
- Lean Process Improvement
This class explains the principles, benefits, and tools of the Lean process improvement methodology and how to utilize them to identify waste and create more efficient processes here at the University.
- On-site Wellness Seminars
UI Wellness presents to staff/departmental meetings, retreats, or lunchtime seminars on a variety of health related topics such as Healthy Meal Planning, Manage Your Energy; Not Just Your Time, Exercising Personal Resilience, Yoga at Work, and other topics tailored to meet the objectives of the group.
- Organizing Your Time and Work
This course is designed to help your staff improve their productivity by sharing a variety of time management and organizational techniques. The discussion highlights techniques involving hardcopy and electronic filing, shared drive organization, and increased utilization of Microsoft Outlook.
- Reward and Recognition Ideas and Practices
This course informs and inspires supervisors/managers to use regular recognition with all staff. Learn how recognition is perceived by different people, what is possible at the University, and how to incorporate it into your workplace.
- Your Role in a Positive Workforce
What can you do to develop highly engaged and productive staff? This program will help you recognize what you can act on to get results. You will also learn how you can use the elements of engagement to boost productivity and morale, and how to utilize communication strategies that support a positive workplace.
An opportunity to access comprehensive support and guidance to help address your specific needs.
- Career Development Advising
Staff Career Development Advising is a free and confidential service to help permanent employees achieve their personal career development goals within the University. We can help employees identify new skills to use in their current position, look for a change or opportunity to advance in their current career track, or take their career in an entirely new direction.
- Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) Consultation
A source for consultation in reduction in force planning, or other “employment separations” that a department may be anticipating.
- Family Services
Does your staff need some assistance with family care, whether it is child care programs or elder care consultation?
- Flexible Work Arrangements
Flexible work arrangements are strategies that employers are using to help address: employee engagement and workplace connectedness, the changing demographics, family caregiving responsibilities, sustainability efforts, and economic constraints.
- Furlough Notice Internship Program
Opportunity to demonstrate current skills in a different work setting and gain new skills to enhance employment opportunities.
- Health Coach Service
A Health Coach will work one-on-one with individuals to support them in health improvement efforts such as stress management and personal resiliency. The service is available in person or via telephone at multiple campus locations.
- Helping Impacted Employees (EAP)
Are you concerned for an employee? Supervisors and leaders can access “just-in-time consultation.”
- Leadership Coaching
Leadership coaching can assist leaders in getting through challenging times. This consultative service supports managers and administrators in creating alignment to vision and goals, leading change, managing performance, and enhancing engagement. Private, 1:1 development sessions are available as well as group coaching formats to build cohesive management teams.
- Lean Process Improvement
Lean Process Improvement is an approach to improving processes within an organization by maximizing value while reducing waste, thus allowing an organization to do more with their existing resources.
- Strategic Staffing Services
Ensure that your unit has the right people in the right place with the right skills at the right time in order to meet its objectives.
- Work Redesign
Work Redesign is a form of workplace consultation that emphasizes redefining individual and group roles, organizational structures, processes and systems. Like workplace consultation, OE partners with unit leadership to plan and manage the effects that transitions have on people, performance, and culture of a group.
- Workplace Consultation
Workplace consultation is a partnership where OE supports a broad spectrum of organizational development needs such as preparing for and managing change or conflict; assessing and evaluating a situation; balancing workloads, clarifying and/or redesigning roles or structures; improving business processes, or other concerns in the workplace.