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Training series for WMU supervisors

Oct. 18, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Human Resources has announced the return of its "Getting Back to the Basics" series of training workshops for the new academic year.

Starting this month and continuing through the spring, HR staff and other WMU experts will provide free, monthly learning opportunities for supervisors of staff compensation system employees. This year's series will feature some new topics and more guest speakers. New topics include equity, managing conflict, discipline, legal risks and making good managers great.

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Getting Back to the Basics

The first workshop, "Basic Training," is set for Tuesday, Oct. 27, and designed for new supervisors, managers or directors; those new to the University or new to the supervisor role; and other supervisors who want to review University policies and procedures.

The Employee Handbook will be discussed in detail and references also will be made from the Policies and Procedures Manual. Participants will have the chance to clarify interpretations, ask questions and get answers directly from HR staff. This session serves as basic training for sessions that will follow and is highly recommended.

Moving forward with feedback given by employees this past summer, workshops will now last two hours. Also, a special four-hour workshop has been scheduled for November. All sessions will be held in the Fetzer Center. Refreshments will be provided.

Training schedule

  • Basic Training
    Tuesday, October 27, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Managing Conflict - Building Collaboration
    Thursday, November 19, 8 a.m. to noon
  • The Equal Opportunity Employer
    Friday, December 11, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Making Good Managers Great
    Thursday, January 21, 10 a.m. to noon
  • How to Stay out of Trouble
    Tuesday, February 16, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Addressing Conduct
    Friday, March 19, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Performance Management - Writing the Review
    Tuesday, April 20, 10 a.m. to noon

While all employees are welcome to register, workshops held during the academic year will be geared towards supervisors of staff compensation system employees. The first session concentrates on new supervisors, but the other six will be beneficial for experienced supervisors as well. HR recognizes the need for supervisor training and believes this series will be helpful.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops, and space is limited. Visit wmich.edu/hr/training/basics for more details or to register. Direct questions to Nichele Moses at nichele.moses@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3650.

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

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