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A Message from Ujima Donalson, POD Executive Director

The next month will bring its fair share of challenges and triumphs as Workday becomes a workplace reality. Organization-wide, this new system and its related processes will be quite an adjustment, and in response we need to be stellar change managers. Not only do we need to keep current with any communications we receive and ensure our team members are receiving the information, training, and resources they require, we need to guide and support people through this transition. Read More

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Gearing Up for Workday

After years of planning, a new integrated HR and payroll system will go live on June 27, transforming the way employees keep track of their hours, select benefits, and get paid, and marking the largest-ever administrative change at the University. The HR/Payroll Modernization Program team has prepared extensively for potential issues that may arise, and has developed a robust plan for support during the transformational period leading up to and following go-live, when tens of thousands of people will access Workday for the first time.

According to Aubrey Fulmer, Executive Program Director, HR/Payroll Modernization Program, “We are as ready as we can be for whatever we can expect, and we’re also as ready as we can be for what we can’t. Come what may, rest assured: Resources will be in place to support you and your team.” Read More

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Managing Workplace Anxiety in the Face of Change
Darryl Russell, Senior Trainer and Facilitator, Seraphim Consulting and Training

With the major change Workday is bringing, it’s natural for folks to feel anxious. Too much anxiety, however, can not only affect people’s sense of well-being, it can impede how they receive and process information. That could be problematic given that every one of your team members will need to perform some basic tasks in Workday and those involved with payroll and related functions will have a variety of processes and systems to learn.

The good news is that people respond to stress and anxiety in fairly predictable ways, and there are usually clear warning signs when someone is truly struggling or unable to cope. Let’s look at some common stress reactions along with straightforward techniques for managing anxiety and building stress resistance. Read More

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Creating a Climate of Learning and Innovation in Organizations

Adapted from “Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy,” a webcast with Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. This talk and other leadership content is available through Leadership Advantage.

According to Amy C. Edmondson, whether you work in healthcare delivery, a software company, or a government agency, the chances are you participate in teaming, or “teamwork on the fly.” Although you often find such teams in healthcare—for instance, a group of clinicians who assemble to perform a surgery—many of us participate in cross-functional or interdepartmental teams with people we don’t know well. Even those who lead or belong to stable teams often do so within complex and frequently changing environments, which requires many of the same skills as teaming.

A key to teaming is “coordinating and collaborating across boundaries.” How successfully that is done may in turn determine how well an organization and those within it innovate, adapt to change, and learn from mistakes. Read More


New Mentoring Resources
Ujima Donalson, Executive Director

On April 18, I had the distinct pleasure of listening to five UW leaders talk about mentoring and their career paths in front of more than 200 UW employees at the annual Support Professionals Spring Retreat hosted by POD. Meanwhile, a live-stream of the panel presentation was being viewed on more than 40 devices, and the video has been watched hundreds of times since. The feedback we’ve received has been tremendous, and I credit panelists Ann Anderson, Christina Chang, Nicki McCraw, Linda Nelson, and Gene Woodard for their honesty and openness. It’s not often we get to experience such esteemed leaders talking about their journeys—missteps and all—and sharing insights about the successes they’ve had along the way.

In conjunction with this panel, which was moderated by Vice President of Human Resources Mindy Kornberg and sponsored by UWHR, POD launched new mentoring tools and resources on our website. These efforts are part of a larger UWHR strategy to bolster retention, foster engagement, and enhance workplace culture across the University. Read More

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