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Leadership training workshop series begins Sept. 4

PULLMAN, Wash. – An annual leadership training series for faculty and staff is of interest to those who want to know how the university works, who aspire to a future administrative position and who expect to fill a leadership position of any type (e.g., laboratory director, officer in the Faculty Senate).
 
“Department Chairs and Directors Training Workshops” are open to anyone with an interest in any of the topics that are covered. Among the series’ goals are to train new department chairs and school directors and to help experienced chairs deal with issues that may be unfamiliar to them.
 
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TIAA-CREF offers info on options, individual counseling

WSU employees, in particular those a year or less from retirement, are invited to a discussion of the TIAA-CREF retirement income options 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Smith CUE 202.

 

Topics will include an overview of retirement income and expenses, threats to retirement cash flow, and TIAA-CREF income options.

 

Also, information will be provided regarding WSU’s voluntary early retirement incentive (VERI).

 

Counseling too

Individual one-hour counseling sessions by TIAA-CREF also will be offered 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, April 14, 15 and 17, in French Ad 139 (Human Resource Services). Sessions are confidential and openings are limited.

 

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Sick leave cashed out available this month

Each January, and at no other time, some employees with accrued sick-leave balances may exchange sick leave for cash. The processing deadline for payment is Jan. 26. 

 

Teaching and research faculty are not eligible. Civil service employees and administrative professional employees are eligible. Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements should refer to the appropriate agreement for eligibility information.

 

Eligible employees whose year-end sick-leave balance exceeds 480 hours may convert sick-leave hours earned in the previous calendar year, minus those used during the year, to monetary compensation. No sick leave hours may be converted that would reduce the calendar year-end balance below 480 hours. … » More …

Finding a WSU job not Mission: Impossible

Bob Kesler is on a mission to find you a job. And with new technology, it’s not Mission: Impossible. Kesler is in charge of recruiting WSU staff, student and hourly employees. He operates as the middle man, connecting applicants with potential employers. In fact, Kesler is so busy that he has two titles. As a human resource assistant, senior, for Human Resource Services, he recruits WSU staff. As a job development specialist for HRS, he recruits student and hourly employees. Although Kesler estimates about 80 percent of recruited employees come from outside the WSU system, approximately 20 percent are current WSU employees looking for advancement. … » More …

Major change made in employment process

Washington State University will make a major change in its employment process on June 17 when it implements an online employment process for classified staff, student, work study and temporary hourly positions.  The system will not be used at this time for faculty or administrative hiring. This online system change will make the employment process more efficient and accessible for both job seekers and hiring managers. It allows for up-to-date information as job postings are updated daily.The new employment system allows job seekers to conduct the entire application process online, including searching for positions, completing and submitting job applications, attaching resumes and other supporting documents, and tracking … » More …

Generation gap brings workplace challenges

How many generations are in your workplace?You may have as many as four, ranging from “Veterans” to “Generation Y.” This diversity can account for conflicting values and present challenges for managers.Karen Zucco-Gatlin, employee development training manager for WSU’s Human Resource Services, has long been fascinated by this phenomenon and has developed a class called “Generations in the Workplace.” She defines the four generations as the Veterans (born between 1909-1943); the Baby Boomers (born between 1943-1960); Generation X (born between 1960-1980); and Generation Y (born between 1980-1994.)When doing research on the topic, she notes that you will find slightly differing dates assigned to these generations. Also … » More …

New human resources leader offers Olympia experience

Richard Heath, the new associate vice president for administration and human resources, has been on the job for only a month and already is knee-deep in university issues.Heath, who replaced Lori Lamb at the beginning of the semester, is still learning everything his job entails.Heath works with Human Resource Services, handling the civil service, compensation and administration for three-fourths of the personnel on campus. He is in charge of payroll records and searching for job candidates. He is in charge of the environment, health and safety division. Accident prevention, workplace safety and purchasing insurance for activities that could put the university at risk also encompass … » More …