May - June 2024 Newsletter

Performance Evaluations 2024

Performance EvaluationThe 2023/2024 year-end staff annual evaluation period here. The current performance period ends on May 1, 2024. Please note that the 12-month/annual evaluation period for each employee is May 1, 2023 to May 1, 2024.

Human Resources recommends that all Appropriate Administrators with direct reports begin the process for reviewing each employee's performance for the current period in preparation for timely completion. As a reminder, all staff evaluations are due to Human Resources by June 30, 2024.

These are some tips to writing effective performance reviews:

  1. Provide regular, informal feedback. Feedback should not be limited to that short period of time. You should be offering consistent assessments throughout the year so there aren't any surprises.
  2. Be honest. There is always  room for improvement. Decide what is worth addressing and don't hesitate in doing so.
  3. Do it face-to-face. The written review should be a brief but direct overview of discussion points, making for a more nuanced face-to-face conversation.
  4. Use tangible, pertinent examples. When discussing areas for improvement or things an employee has done well, make sure you have clear examples to reference.
  5. End on a positive note. Don't leave the review without mutual understanding and respect, and don't let any employee feel like they're in the dark going forward.

We have a bundle of courses available in CSU Learn to help you craft a great performance evaluation.  Please see the information in the Soft Skills area below.

Featured Tech Skills Course

Tech Skills

Coaching an Employee through Career Development - AI SIMULATOR

In this discussion with an AI character, we will explore strategies for effective coaching and career development, including active listening, asking probing questions, providing constructive feedback, and building a career development plan. Join us as we delve into this scenario and discover how leaders can effectively support their team members' career growth and development, leading to increased employee engagement and organizational success.

 

Getting Started with MS OneNote

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Increase productivity and efficiency with Microsoft OneNote. OneNote is a digital note-taking app that provides a single place for all your meeting notes, plans, and other information. This session is an introduction level course. MS OneNote is part of the Office 365 suite.

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Self-Coaching 101

Coaching

The Self Coaching 101 session will explore the mental processes and paradigms that lead to personal and professional excellence. The workshop is based on the idea that a strong mindset if critical to optimal performance and will provide practical tools to allow participants to unlock their fullest potential at home and work. In addition, the session will explore the balance of achievement and fulfillment as keys to long-term success, allowing for increased emotional health and resilience, particularly in these challenging times.

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Success as 1st Gen Professional

Student Success Barriers

The transition from student to professional can be difficult if you don’t already have a support network. Join us to learn about potential barriers and strategies to address concerns as you transition from college to career. This session might be most beneficial for those recently switching from a student to staff opportunity in higher education or other industries.

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Featured Soft Skills Course

Soft Skills

Performance Evaluation Bundle

If you need some inspiration or a starting point to write a great performance evaluation, this bundle has you covered.  It includes several courses that include:

  • Providing Constructive Feedback During Performance Reviews
  • Successful Performance Reviews: How to Give Them and How to Receive Them
  • Polishing Your Feedback Skills
  • Navigating Challenging Situations with Diplomacy and Tact
  • and many more

 

Subject Matter Experts & Course Design

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You are a subject matter expert, SME, and need to create a course.  How would you start?  Do you need a script? Do you need help from an instructional designer?  How do you share information with that person?  All of this will be answered in this presentation.

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CSU's Got Talent Webcast Training - The Burnout Epidemic - June

the burnout epidemic

"The Burnout Epidemic - A Candid Conversation about Balancing Wellbeing and Performance" June 18, 2024 @ 10 AM

Webcast Recording

Addressing Conflict in Your Team - AI Simulator

Conflict

Conflict is an inevitable part of any workplace, and it is the responsibility of managers to handle disputes effectively to maintain a healthy and productive team environment. In this conflict resolution scenario, a manager is dealing with an internal team dispute where one team member is feeling unappreciated and overworked. The manager's goal is to understand the nature of the conflict, validate the team member's feelings, and develop a strategy to address the issue and restore harmony within the team.

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CSU's Got Talent

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"Society Strategy Self - Your Imact on the Future of Work" May 14 from 10:00 - 11:00 PM

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Upcoming Classes

Building Trust in the Workplace - June

trust

Building trust is an essential component to creating and nurturing long lasting relationships. Without trust we are expecting our working relationships to survive on a faulty foundation. Attend 'Building Trust in the Workplace' to learn more about the pillars of trust, how to be trustworthy, how to nurture trust with others, how to repair trust, and most importantly how to create and maintain a psychology safe workspace.

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Success as 1st Gen Professional - June

Student Success Barriers

The transition from student to professional can be difficult if you don’t already have a support network. Join us to learn about potential barriers and strategies to address concerns as you transition from college to career. This session might be most beneficial for those recently switching from a student to staff opportunity in higher education or other industries.

Register Here

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Book: 50 Communications Activities, Icebreakers, and Exercises

Containing a wealth of insight, tips and guidance to prepare employees to become confident communicators, this book demonstrates just how important communication is to our success, relationships and happiness.

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