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A Message from Ujima Donalson, POD Executive Director

UWHR is undergoing a strategic realignment that groups a number of our functional units under the newly formed areas of Campus Services and Operations, Total Benefits, and Total Talent Management, the latter of which I will be leading effective December 1. I continue to remain at the helm for POD and in addition will now oversee the recruiting and staffing units, each of which has its own extremely capable leadership. Although this change means some internal reconfiguring of who reports to whom, its purpose is external — to better support employees, leaders, and the UW as a whole and to ensure we’re building a workforce that serves the University’s needs today and in the future. Read More


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A New Employee Experience
Ujima Donalson, Executive Director, Professional & Organizational Development

In 2018 UW Human Resources is introducing Welcome Day — a new opportunity to ensure that employees feel welcomed, engaged, connected, informed, and valued from the very beginning of their employment with the University of Washington. This new workshop replaces Benefits Orientation and in-person New Employee Orientation, combines essential information from both, and will be offered weekly starting Monday, January 8, 2018. Read More


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Creating Gracious Space in the Workplace
Patricia Hughes, Trillium Leadership Consulting

There is a saying that the "home is the garden where children grow," so parents need to cultivate a supportive environment. The same is true at work: The workplace is the garden where projects, innovations, relationships, and decisions grow.

Everything happens within the workplace culture, so it makes sense that managers and supervisors be intentional about the environment they create. This is even more true when teams are stressed, undergoing change, or dealing with uncertainty. Read More


Creating Alignment and Interconnectedness
Ujima Donalson, Executive Director, Professional & Organizational Development

One of the most thought-provoking sessions I attended at the CUPA-HR conference in September was “Creating Alignment of a University’s Mission, Vision and Core Values Through Human Resources.” Although presenter Dr. Richard Huntley, assistant vice president for Human Resources at the University of Dallas, spoke about central human resources, his insights are applicable for any leader involved with hiring, onboarding, and engagement in a university setting. Read More


Thorud Leadership Award Nominations Due Dec. 8

In every department and in every unit at the University of Washington, there are leaders who transform ideas into impact. They guide us as we tackle challenges and make profound innovations, and they demonstrate an unwavering commitment to team members and future leaders. Now it’s your chance to nominate an exceptional UW leader for the David B. Thorud Leadership Award. Nominations are accepted online through Friday, December 8.

The 2017 recipients were Connie Bourassa-Shaw, director of Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business, and Greg Miller, professor and chair in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering. Bourassa-Shaw was lauded for “her genuine, persuasive spirit” as well as finding solutions, collaborating across silos, creating opportunities for others, and challenging and inspiring her employees. Miller was commended for his innovative leadership, respect for others, and “bringing creative solutions to vexing problems,” including an improved approach to faculty hiring.


SLP Level 2: Leadership Advantage

If you have an active Leadership Advantage subscription, keep in mind that subscriptions run through December 31. If you’ve been meaning to make more of this tremendous resource, our 5-4-3-2-1 campaign encourages you to develop a learning habit by spending five minutes a day, four days a week, for three weeks in a row watching a Leadership Advantage video.

If you haven’t yet checked out this online learning platform or would like to continue your experience, you can now register for the coming year. Subscriptions will be active January–December 2018 and include access to 41 leadership tracks as well as an exclusive leadership channel.

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