Resources and Training

resources and training

The following resources and training opportunities are available to Western Michigan University faculty and staff members free of charge.

 

Behind the W

Target audience: all employees.
The WMU Brand Ambassador Program is a three-part series of employee workshops created to strengthen our internal brand building efforts and to provide employees with the knowledge and tools to communicate and build the WMU brand. Workshops are open to any faculty or staff member. Upon completion of this program, which is recognized by the University's human resources office as a professional development opportunity, all new Brand Ambassadors receive a framed certificate. For additional information or to register, go to http://www.wmich.edu/behindthew.

Campus safety response: How to respond to a report of sexual or gender-based harassment or violence (in-person training)

Target audience: all employees.
You have undoubtedly heard about cases of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses across the nation. How are these issues being addressed at WMU? How do you support a student or colleague who reaches out to you for help? What about privacy and confidentiality concerns? This program answers these questions and covers steps faculty, staff and graduate assistants can take to improve safety at all WMU locations. Though open to all WMU employees, anyone designated as a Responsible Employee or Campus Security Authority is strongly encouraged to attend. For a list of Responsible Employees, registration, training dates, times and locations, visit the Office of Institutional Equity Training web page: http://wmich.edu/equity/training.

Computer training

Target audience: all employees.
Western Michigan University makes online computer training available free for currently employed* faculty and staff through lynda.com.  Lynda.com offers over 1,270 courses in more than 150 topics and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week so faculty and staff can learn at their own pace whenever schedules permit. For more information and to request an account, pleases visit the Faculty Technology Center's Online Training for Faculty and Staff.

Employee assistance program

Target audience: all employees.
HelpNet Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers confidential assessment, brief counseling, and referral services to Western Michigan University employees and their household members who are concerned about marital and family issues, addictions, emotional problems, relationships, and other significant personal problems. This service is provided at no cost to WMU benefits-eligible employees.

Employee self service guides

Target audience: all employees.
Step-by-step guides for employees of Western Michigan University to utilize in accessing or making changes to personal information via the My Self Service Channel found in the GoWMU portal.

Environmental Health and Safety

Target audience: varies by department.
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) offers a variety of training programs for employees and students of Western Michigan University that not only cover state and federal regulations, but also address safety concerns and issues that are not regulated. 

EverFi faculty and staff awareness and prevention online training

Target audience: all employees.

  • Bullying in the workplace prevention: This course trains managers and employees to recognize and prevent workplace bullying. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

  • Harassment and discrimination prevention: For supervisors and non-supervisors, these courses engage faculty and staff members on how to identify and report sexual and interpersonal misconduct, and cover awareness and prevention topics required by the Clery Act and Title IX. For supervisors, this course trains to identify and eliminate workplace harassment and discrimination based on protected characteristics by helping them understand the law and demonstrating how to appropriately respond to misconduct. It takes approximately 120 minutes to complete. For non-supervisors, this course engages employees and raises their awareness about harassment and discrimination by explaining the law, and provides insight on how to appropriately respond to reports of misconduct. It takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.
  • Workplace violence prevention: This course provides information about warning signs to prevent horrible events from occurring. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Please visit the HR EverFi Online Training frequently asked questions web page for a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the EverFi Faculty and staff Awareness Online Training.

EverFi LawRoom faculty and staff online training resources catalog

Target audience: all employees.
EverFi LawRoom includes more than just the three HR training courses faculty and staff have been assigned. If you are interested in reviewing the comprehensive listing of courses, visit the EverFi LawRoom. If after you review the listing and want additional course information and access, please send your request to the HR Training email: hr-training@wmich.edu.

Form I-9 information

Target audience: all employees.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires Western Michigan University to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all employees via the Form I-9. All employees refers to all faculty, staff, temporary and student employees.

Hiring temporary employees

Target audience: supervisors and managers.
Temporary employees may be hired via a temporary employment agency on a short-term basis to help with work assignments. Western Michigan University partners with OnStaff USA to provide qualified temporary employees to the University community.

Hiring toolbox

Target audience: supervisors and managers.
A comprehensive resource for hiring new employees at Western Michigan University.

Holiday schedules

Target audience: all employees.
View the current holiday schedules for bargaining and non-bargaining employees at Western Michigan University.

Implicit bias workshop for search committees

Target audience: all employees.
Biases, commonly known as intentional or unintentional prejudices and preferences, create unfair advantages or disadvantages and may result in discrimination against another individual or group. This 2-hour workshop is designed to increase awareness of various forms of individual, group and institutional implicit or unconscious biases that are barriers to diversity, equity and inclusivity in hiring decisions and outcomes. Participants or members of search committees will receive information and engage in exercises and discussion focused on different forms of implicit bias and best practice strategies to mitigate bias in employee search and selection process. For workshop dates, times and locations, visit the Office of Institutional Equity Training Web page: http://wmich.edu/equity/training.

Performance management

Target audience: all Staff Compensation System (SCS) employees, supervisors and managers.
Each fiscal year, Western Michigan University staff compensation system employees work with their supervisors to determine personal job objectives and targeted competencies. This interactive process continues throughout the year and includes periodic feedback sessions and a written year-end review.

Policy and procedures manual

Target audience: all employees, supervisors and managers (collective bargaining employees, please refer to your collective bargaining agreements).
Western Michigan University's Human Resources policy and procedures manual.

Reasonable assurance of reemployment

Target audience: supervisors and managers.
The Michigan Employment Security Act, which governs unemployment compensation in Michigan, requires that employees be provided with written reasonable assurance of reemployment if the University intends to continue employment in the following semester or term and the University does not wish to be liable for unemployment compensation. Written reasonable assurance of reemployment renders staff and temporary faculty with less than 12-month appointments ineligible to receive unemployment benefits during the summer or other break periods.

Recognition programs

Target audience: all employees.
Western Michigan University service recognition programs are designed to publicly recognize and honor University employees.

Student employment resources

Target audience: administrative personnel, supervisors and managers.
A comprehensive resource for hiring student employees at Western Michigan University.

Telephone and voice mail procedures

Target audience: all employees.
View an eight-minute video overview of how to best serve our University community using the telephone and voice mail. To begin the video, please visit WMU Telephone and Voice Mail Procedures.

Western Michigan University policy directory

Target audience: all employees.
An alphabetical index of all officially approved University-wide policies are displayed on this website.  Any copies (print or online) of policies that are inconsistent with the official version hosted on this site should be disregarded. The most current version of a policy will be found on this site.

Western Wellness

Target audience: all employees.
Western Wellness is the consortium of services and resources provided at Western Michigan University for the health and wellness of employees.

Work Life Web

Target audience: all employees.
The HelpNet Work Life Web gives WMU employees and their families access to information, articles, and resources on a variety of topics that include family and care giving, health and wellness, emotional well-being, and daily living. You will need to enter user name "cowboy" and password "employee", when you visit HelpNet's Work Life Web.

Your HR representative

Target audience: all employees.
Each unit at Western Michigan University is assigned a Human Resources representative.

 If you have questions, be sure to contact your HR Representative in Human Resources at (269) 387-3620 or send an email to the HR Training email: hr-training@wmich.edu.