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New faculty, staff training program

April 20, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Human Resources will kick off a new training program for Western Michigan University faculty and staff members May 6.

Called "Getting Back to the Basics," the free program will continue through August and feature HR staff and other WMU experts providing a series of learning opportunities for employees on a variety of topics.

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"Getting Back to the Basics"

Each session will be held in the Fetzer Center and include a question-and-answer period as well as light refreshments. Pre-registration is required for all sessions.

Among the topics to be covered this summer are the job evaluation process, interviewing, constructive feedback, leaves of absence, the Fair Labor Standards Act and building positive relationships.

The first session is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, and is titled "Performance Management Review Workshop." This training session is a special two-hour introduction to the "Getting Back to the Basics" offering.

It is designed for supervisors completing performance management year-end reviews and will provide an overview of the performance management process and specifics on how to get the most out of the process.

After the first hour, supervisors are encouraged to stay and complete performance evaluation forms for the 2008-09 review period or create outlines and notes with the assistance of HR staff members.

Future sessions of the new training program will be held on various days of the week, usually from 11 a.m. to noon. All employees are welcome to attend every session. Some sessions will be geared toward general audiences, while others will target faculty and staff members who are supervisors.


Interested employees can register for a "Getting Back to the Basics" session online. Space for the May 6 session is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact Nichele Moses at nichele.moses@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3650.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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