Manager Orientation – Don’t Miss These Opportunities to Complete the Program

SMU offers the New Manager Orientation Program for:

  • Newly hired staff members who supervise others
  • Current staff or faculty promoted to a managerial position
  • Current staff and faculty managers who wish to participate
  • Staff and faculty members aspiring to future management positions

managersNewly hired staff members who supervise others or current staff members promoted to a managerial position are required to complete the program. Staff or faculty members who aspire to management and wish to take courses may enroll as well.

Required Workshops:

Legal and Risk Management for Managers March 31 10:00am-12:00pm

SMU is committed to a strong and active risk management program which includes appropriately managing contracts entered into on behalf of the University. Knowing the resources and programs available to manage risk at SMU, as well as the appropriate procedures to follow when risk is encountered, will support the University’s goal of creating a safe and healthy environment for all employees.

Workplace Diversity Issues for Managers April 123:00pm-5:00pm

A solid working knowledge of SMU’s policies and procedures will help promote a healthy workplace, free of discrimination, that will not subject the University and its managers to liability. In addition, you will learn how to provide effective defenses to meritless claims.

Introduction to HR:  the next regularly scheduled session will be in the Fall of 2016.

Elective Workshops:

Managing and Coaching for High Performance March 22 1:00pm-5:00pm

Learn how to encourage employees to strive for excellence and take more pride and ownership in their work. Discover the five steps to creating an environment for success and then encourage the talents of your staff to grow.

Speed of Trust March 29 1:00pm-5:00pm

Learn about the 13 behaviors common in high-trust organizations and how these behaviors can increase both productivity and employee engagement on your team.

5 Choices April 6 9:00am-5:00pm

In today’s world, there is a greater abundance of opportunity for both organizations and individuals to accomplish extraordinary goals. However, all too often, the demands of our jobs, coupled with the barrage of information coming at us from so many sources (e.g. texts, emails, reports, tweets, blogs, web-sites, etc.) is overwhelming, exhausting and distracting. If we react to these stimuli we may fail to accomplish the things that matter most in our professional and personal lives.  The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity provides you with tools that help you re-assign significant amount of time and energy on your most important goals – both inside and outside of work.

Employee Relations Essentials April 7 9:00am-11:00am

Pre-Requisite:  Managing and Coaching for High Performance

Attendance in this workshop will acquaint managers with the tools and resources available to them to manage employee performance, as well the policy and procedures that support a manager in holding an employee accountable for job performance.

Read about additional Professional Development Workshops (link to PDW blog post)

Questions?  Email us at

SMU Resources for Developing Your Employees

Guest post by Laurene Klassen, Manager, IT Training and Communications

gallupWe hear often about the research that the Gallup organization conducts on employee engagement and if you’ve attended training offered by the Department of Human Resources, you’ve most likely heard about the “Q12”, or the 12 questions developed by Gallup that can help determine the level of an employee engagement.   However, did you know that the number one reason employees leave their job is the lack of a relationship with their supervisor?  One of the 12 questions is “Is there someone at work who encourages my development?”.

growAs managers it’s our responsibility to develop our employees. Taking an active role in developing an employee’s skillset can not only demonstrate confidence in building a  team but it can greatly impact the people you’re working with by showing genuine concern for their development.

What resources are available to assist employees who may fall short of the skillset that they need or are looking to go to the next level?

Begin with a goal setting conversation

As we enter the annual performance review season HR has made many resources available to managers, including the Target and Gaps grid tools. These are great resources to engage your employee and evaluate current circumstances. Once you’ve identified additional skills for development it’s time to arm your employees with the resources they need to be successful in their roles and to develop themselves.

Provide readily available resources

How frustrating would it be to learn that you had to show up at a specific place but not be told how to navigate there? When you’re looking to coach your employee in their development provide clear direction and communication not only of what you need from them but resources on how to get there.   HR regularly offers a variety of  Professional Development Workshops and Customized Learning Experiences for your team and/or employees.  Did you know that OIT offers many resources as well?

Technical Training sessions
 are regularly offered by OIT. These are often essential tools for getting your employee up and running with the latest technology; especially new employees.

SMU has also purchased a campus license for Managers can assign self-paced training for their team members on a wide variety of topics.

This can be customized to assign specific topics or entire courses. With over 3,700 courses at your fingertips don’t miss out on this opportunity to utilize this valuable resource for your team. Below are a few examples of training, visit smu.eduedu/lynda to log in.

Avoid Scrap Learning

Scrap learning is learning that is delivered but not applied back on the job.  So how do we avoid it?  Though a manager may provide time for training, getting the employee to take the leap in changing behaviors or applying a new skillset to the job may be challenging. Studies have shown that when managers follow up with their employees on learning received and assist them with practical application, the chance for scrap learning is greatly reduced.

Want to learn more about OIT Training resources – both training opportunities and tutorial based learning?


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Last Scheduled Session on the New Performance Review Process at SMU

Join us for the last scheduled session for an overview of NEW CAMPUS-WIDE FORMS, strategies for hosting an effective performance review and creating employee goals that motivate and engage.

perfrevHR has developed an interim Annual Review Process complete with new forms that will help managers and their team members review performance from this past year and plan for the upcoming year. This interim process will help prepare you and your team to use the new online performance management system, which is currently scheduled to launch within my.SMU in early 2017.

We’ll review the new  forms and talk about best practices for hosting performance review meetings, as well as provide an overview of the upcoming performance management process.

Thursday, March 17 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm in Huitt Zollar Pav, Embrey Bld, Room 115.

Enroll in this session via my.SMU>Self Service>Learning and Development>Request Training Enrollment.  Search by Course Name of “Performance Review Workshop”.

Visit the updated HR webpage for Performance Reviews and click on the Annual Review tab.

If you are unable to attend this last session, please email us at so that we may find an alternative way to share this information with you.