Misunderstandings and conflicts occur at work even under the best circumstances. This interactive workshop will give you an insight into the way you and others work and think. By learning to identify the strengths and limitations of different working styles, you can begin to appreciate that differences can optimize your ability to perform. Through understanding how different people are motivated, you can become more effective and improve communication and interpersonal relationships.
Facilitator: Cindy Boies is the Training and Development Manager in Human Resource Services.
Providing Support and Resources for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students
Although most faculty and staff are committed to providing appropriate services for diverse students, few are knowledgeable about specific challenges that may be faced by transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) students. In this workshop, employees will gain more information about the experiences of TGNC students, will discover the institutional and interpersonal obstacles that can hinder TGNC students’ success, and will learn about resources and supportive actions for helping students to overcome these obstacles. Co-sponsored with the Faculty Development Office.
Facilitator: Bryan Cochran is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Training in the Psychology Department. His research focuses on LGBT health disparities. He is currently teaching the course, “Interventions: LGBT Issues,” in which he focuses on psychological theories that explain health disparities based on the unique experiences of identifying as part of a marginalized segment of society.
Drug-Free Workplace Education
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (amending the Higher Education Act) requires all universities receiving federal student aid to establish drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs for students and employees and to adequately inform all students and employees about these policies and procedures.
UM Human Resource Services is providing an Employees Drug-Free Workplace Education Training as a PowerPoint presentation, which offers an explanation of the University of Montana's drug and alcohol abuse policies regarding standards of conduct, a description of the various laws that apply in that jurisdiction regarding alcohol and drugs, a description of the various health risks of drug and alcohol abuse, a description of counseling and treatment programs that are available, and a statement on the sanctions the University will impose for a violation of the standards of conduct.
UM Drug-Free Workplace Education Training (PowerPoint)
The PowerPoint presentation has embedded audio and can only be played with PowerPoint versions 2013 and 2016. The file takes approximately 30 seconds to download and if you receive an error message regarding not enough memory, just click on OK.
UM Drug-Free Workplace Education Training Transcript (Word)
Accessible Word Document Contains full content of the PowerPoint slides and narration.
UM Drug-Free Workplace Education Training Transcript (PDF)
PDF version of PowerPoint slides and narration makes it easy to print.
Human Resource Services strives to provide multiple opportunities for employees to get the information they need to be a productive member of our campus community. HRS Policy Spotlight is an opportunity for you to interact with Human Resources representatives who present specialized human resources or payroll topics six times a year.
New Employee Welcome (NEW) session, sponsored by Human Resource Services, is your opportunity to get the information you need to become familiar with the benefits of University of Montana (UM) membership; to get answers to your critical employment questions; and to connect with a variety of team members from other areas of campus. While we know you’ll be excited to participate, University of Montana policy requires all new staff, supervisors, administrators and faculty to attend.
Workplace Safety is everyone’s responsibility at UM. Whether it’s dealing with difficult customers and deescalating conflicts or preventing the number one crime on campus, theft, this workshop will provide tips and tools to help you be safe. Come learn how the University of Montana Police Department (UMPD) promotes reducing crime and improving safety on campus.
Facilitator: Brad Giffin is UMPD’s Community Liaison Officer and works with campus departments to educate employees and students about crime prevention.
The Bottom Line on Title IX: Your Responsibility as a Mandatory Reporter
UM employees are mandatory reporters when it comes to students disclosing information about sexual misconduct, but many people don’t know what that means. This session will focus on what UM employees need to know about Title IX and student sexual misconduct. It will outline the University’s Discrimination Policy and Procedures for a University investigation, how to respond if a student shares that they have been the victim of sexual misconduct, mandated reporting, what support and interim measures are available to students who report to the Title IX Coordinator, what confidentiality means in this context and how we are looking to change our campus culture through bystander intervention.
Facilitators: Jessica Weltman is the Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator for the University of Montana.
Drew Colling is the University Prevention Coordinator and Director of the Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC) at the Curry Heath Center.
Leading and Supervising Employees for Success
A supervisor's role is to insure that effective performance management is part of the daily work environment through training, balanced feedback, coaching and, when needed, disciplinary processes. In this session you will learn: some tips and tools for successful performance management; UM specific processes for managing staff; how to help an employee who is struggling to meet performance expectations before it becomes a larger issue; managing concerns that rise to the level of potential discipline; and knowledge about the staff collective bargaining agreements such as Weingarten rights.
Facilitator: Sara Drake is the Associate Director of Human Resource Services and oversees Employee and Labor Relations. Sara has over 25 years of management/leadership experience, is a trained mediator and has been with the University of Montana since 1995.
How The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Benefits UM Employees
If you have outstanding student loans, as a full-time UM employee, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of your loans (after accumulating a specified number of work years) because you work for a public service organization. In this workshop we will explain how the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program functions, help determine if your loans are eligible and outline the process for initiating and maintaining eligibility.
Tuesday, March 14 from 10:00am to 10:50am, The Mansfield Library Buckhouse Room, Level 2 OR
Wednesday, March 15 from 12noon to 12:50pm, The Mansfield Library Buckhouse Room, Level 2
Facilitator: Holly Wright is the Program Manager for the Financial Education Program at the University of Montana.
Please contact Financial Education by email if you have any questions.
Career Ladders and Career Advancement at UM
Career Ladders and Career Advancement at UM can sometimes be confusing. This workshop will uncover how to utilize Career Ladders as a growth development strategy, how Career Ladders can help managers meet business needs and why Career Ladders are a great recruitment tool. We will also look at how UM application materials are assessed, discuss how to more effectively address the knowledge, skills and ability requirements and provide you with tips to be more successful at advancing your career at UM.
Wednesday, April 26 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Todd Building room 203
Facilitators: Sheila Wright is the Compensation Manager in Human Resource Services. Cheryl Minnick is a Certified Career Management Coach, one of 50 Nationally Certified Résumé Writers in the country and has nearly three-decades of higher education experience helping students and diverse job seekers.
Ergonomics is the study of determining the best fit between a worker and the tools needed to complete a job. Poor ergonomics can lead to injury from a onetime accident or cumulative trauma from repeated motions over time. In this workshop, you will learn ergonomic injury risk factors, how to evaluate your office workstation to improve ergonomics, and alternative office tools such as ergonomic mice, keyboards, and desks. Understanding ergonomic principals at your job can help you prevent injuries, work more comfortably and protect your long-term health. Demos will be available for attendees to view and you’ll learn about an important resource available to you on campus through the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities.
Tuesday, March 7 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, University Center 326/327
Facilitator: Marlena Lanini is MonTECH’s Eastern Clinic Coordinator. She is an occupational therapist and enjoys helping connect people with assistive technology.
MUS Wellness Webinars
The Montana University System Wellness Program offers webinars led by their nutrition and exercise specialists that focus on a variety of general health and wellness topics. Webinars are usually shown monthly or bimonthly during the lunch hour and are a great way to increase your education over lunch. Watch alone or invite your coworkers and turn it into an office event!