Building and sustaining a high-performance culture within Oakland University requires an investment in the personal and professional development of its workforce. University Human Resources is committed to providing quality personal and professional development opportunities to support faculty, staff and administrators in their pursuit of career growth and professional excellence. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the numerous and varied learning opportunities that are available, including online learning.
SkillSoft provides a vehicle to build skills and knowledge, and enhance strengths gained from experience or education. Faculty, staff and administrators have access to a library of approximately 1500 courses, which can be taken via the Internet from any computer, at any location with Internet access, any time of day or night. There are three primary curricula for selection:
- Business Skills Curriculum include topics such as management and leadership, written and verbal communication skills for personal and professional effectiveness, and customer service skills;
- Desktop Curriculum offers courses on Microsoft Office applications, internet browsers, and Adobe programs;
- IT professionals can select from Oracle database courses and project management skills. SkillSoft courses are easy to navigate and the learner is actively engaged through audio, case studies, animation and the ability to print handouts for reference. Pre- and post-tests provide an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency.
A bookmarking feature allows learners to move in and out of courses based on the learner's schedule and needs. One section of material can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. Learners can refresh or update themselves on various sub-topics within a course or select entire courses to enhance proficiency. To make the best use of time, learners may "test out" of topics within a course in which they can demonstrate proficiency by taking a pre-test. The course content automatically adjusts to cover only the information the learner needs.
Learners can print certificates of completion on courses in which they have earned an 80 or higher.
All Oakland University faculty and staff are eligible for this training tool.
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Employment at OU - Changes in I-9 Guidelines
The following slides provide a guide for processing the Form I-9.
Employment at OU - Staying in Compliance with New Regulations
The campus-wide training in February 2010 about new regulations regarding future hires was widely attended. If you missed the live session, you can still access the materials by clicking the image below for a PDF version.
Representatives from CIGNA, Oakland University's FMLA and Short Term Disability provider, presented the following information to OU staff in May of 2013 (PDF):
If you are a retiree, who would like to make payments for your retiree benefits online, you can visit UHR Marketplace. View detailed instructions on how to make payments.
Overview of Online Resources for Managers
In January 2013, the AP Assembly sponsored a presentation on how to better utilize the online resources available for managers. Topics covered were the Manager’s Toolkit, which takes a manager through the life cycle of an employee, and the Banner Resources portal, which contains valuable resources on using the various Banner modules.
Social Media in the Workplace
In July 2012, an attorney and a social media specialist did a presentation related to the pros and cons of using Social Media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, in the work environment.
Contract Update for Managers
The University Human Resources, Environmental Health and Safety, and Risk Management departments presented an overview to managers on the recently ratified Clerical/Technical and Service and Maintenance Contracts. These materials will help managers understand updates to the current contracts.
Workers Compensation Claims Process
Check out this interactive workflow created by the Department of Risk Management. It will open with Microsoft PowerPoint.