February 2022 Newsletter

Burnout: What It Is, How to Avoid It and How to Overcome It

BurnoutBurnout was a thing way back in 2019. And it’s even more prevalent today. Shocking, right?

In this month’s newsletter, we are sharing resources to help you understand what burnout is, how to avoid it if it hasn’t yet darkened your doorstep, and if it has, some tactical tools to help you manage through it. 

CSU’s Got Talent is a monthly webinar series hosted by the Learning and Development team at the Chancellor’s Office. Their next two sessions are must-watches for those who are struggling with burnout:

Fostering Wellness: Starting with the Brain features Dr. Donna Volpitta, Founder, Pathways to Empower and Mental Health Educator. You can join this session live on Wednesday, February 23, 10-11am.

How to Beat Burnout for Yourself, Your Family, and Colleagues features Dr. Stanley Ward, Founder and Principle of Influence Coaching. This session is being offered on March 23, 10-11am. (Note from Nancy: I’ve worked with Stan extensively, both as an educational partner and as a coach - he is very wise, authentic and practical!)

Both sessions will be recorded and available on CSU Learn shortly after the live webinars.

If you’re interested in accessing professional help to work through challenges you may be facing, we encourage you to access the Employee Assistance Program, which includes up to 8 no-cost counselling sessions, in addition to many other resources.

Keep reading for more resources you can access right now!

Featured Tech Skills Course

Tech Skills

Configuring Message Options in Outlook 2016

Basic features and options in Microsoft Outlook 2016 allow you to perform common messaging tasks such as composing, sending, and receiving messages. There are however, many options that allow you to configure how messages are sent. In this course, you will learn about the different types of items that can be added or inserted in a message. This course also covers e-mail tracking and message delivery options.

Course time: 43 minutes


Leading Your Team through Change


Change requires more than a tactical plan; it requires that all those responsible for and impacted by the change are ready to engage. In this course, you will learn foundational concepts, tools and strategies to successfully lead your team through change, based on Procsi's internationally utilized ADKAR model. This is being offered as part of HSU's People-Centered Change Initiative.

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Onboarding New and Reassigned Employees

Employee Onboarding

Employees who move into a new position on campus benefit greatly when their onboarding experience is well-managed and meaningful. Research shows employees who are onboarded with intention and thoroughness are 70% more productive and 82% more likely to stay with their employer. This course will equip anyone with employee onboarding responsibilities with clear guidelines and best practices for onboarding new and reassigned employees.

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How to Improve Your Communication Skills - 4 Steps

Featured Soft Skills Course

Soft Skills

Being a Fair and Caring Manager

As a manager, you will wear many different hats as you deal with a variety of people. Because you will encounter many personalities, emotions, and practices, it's important to learn how to be fair and caring when managing others. In this course, you will explore the many facets of treating others with fairness, including how to apply standards fairly. You'll also learn how to demonstrate fairness in your communication, decision making, and personal skills such as listening, sharing, and showing concern to your direct reports.

Course time:  29 minutes


 On the Bookshelf


How to Beat Burnout

by Stanley J. Ward

You work hard. You care deeply. You give your all, all the time. And that sets you up for burnout. Learn about "small experiments" that provide big results to help you prevent burnout. If you are wired to over deliver, this book is your guide to create a deeply fulfilling and less stressful work life and home life. Don't let burnout rob the world of your important contribution!

Find the Book at Amazon

De-Siloing: Building Collaboration between Departments

Understand the pitfalls of working in silos and learn simple - but critical - approaches to begin collaborating across departments.

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7 Productivity Methods: Which One’s Just Right For You?

Trello Productivity Methods
There are early birds, night owls, Monday haters, yes people, procrastinators, micromanagers, slackers, over achievers, team players, do-ers, busy bees, and everything in between. The question is: what kind of a worker are you? Going one step further, which productivity methods are just right for you and how (and when) you work best? 

From an article by By Sam Milbrath

Read the Article on Trello Blog

CSU's Got Talent

Fostering Wellness

"Fostering Wellness: Starting with the Brain" February 23 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM PT


Register the Day of the Webinar

Upcoming Classes

Principles of Supervision Series Spring 2022

Principles of Supervision
This CSU-created learning series is being delivered virtually, over 7 sessions on Thursdays at 10am-12pm, February 24-April 21 (no class March 10 or 31)

The Principles of Supervision learning series focuses on developing supervisory skills with higher education in mind. Through instruction, discussion, practice and reflection, participants will gain a greater mastery of their own supervisory skills and learn strategies for more effectively leading others.  It is open to Humboldt employees responsible for supervising other employees. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Open to Humboldt employees responsible for supervising other employees, with preference given to those who supervise 3 or more full-time employees.

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Tech Tips

Take advantage of Outlook's easy email templates

If you find yourself composing the same kind of message over and over again, save one of the emails as a template so that you can quickly reference it in the future.

Go to File > Save As… > Outlook template, then click on Items > Choose Form… > User Templates when you’re ready to put that pre-saved form to use.

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