Professional Development and Employee Engagement Opportunities

UMSL HR Training Opportunities—June 2022

Engagement & Recognition 

Friday, June 24 from 12 – 1pm CT

Investing in employee engagement and recognition increases productivity, performance, loyalty, and morale. Join us for this session to unpack the importance of focusing on engagement and recognition and to explore strategies for driving engagement and recognizing employees in meaningful ways.

Presenter:                           Terrance McDonald

Target Audience:              All employees

Link:                                       Click here to join the meeting

Performance Feedback 

Thursday, June 30 from 10:30am – 12pm CT

Great coaches don’t do a lot talking; they ask a lot of questions. If you’re telling others what to do or handing out a lot of advice, it’s time to brush up on your coaching skills. This session will also cover the ePerformance tool and help to prepare you to have performance feedback conversations.

Presenters:                         Heather Floden

Target Audience:              All supervisors

Registration Link:   

ODEI Summer Professional Development

There is still time to register for in-person or Zoom diversity, equity, and inclusion learning opportunities, open to all faculty and staff.  Click here for more information.


Professional Development and Employee Engagement Opportunities

UMSL HR Training Opportunities–May 2022
Supervisor Training.
Learn more about Flex Work, hiring, and merit calibration with your UMSL HR expert team!
Click here for information and registration.

Percipio Recommendation
Leadership Insights on Conflict Management.
Don’t let conflict create chaos! By learning to deal with different types of conflict, understanding the impact of personality, and using language to your advantage, you can take control—whether you are managing conflict or mixed up in it.  Click here to access Percipio Course (47 mins, completion earns a badge).

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional Development
ODEI Summer 2022 Professional Development
ODEI invites you to dedicate some time this summer to your personal and professional growth & development and earn a few digital badges along the way! We are offering in-person, on Zoom, and self-paced learning opportunities. Click here for more information.

Employee Engagement Opportunities and Updates
Have you heard about the new Employee Referral Incentive Program?
Refer qualified candidates to an eligible open staff position and earn a $500 incentive as a “thank you” if your candidate is selected for hire. Open positions eligible for the incentive are identified using a flame icon in myHR Careers. Click here for more information. We hope you’ll participate in this innovative program to grow and support our University team.


Staff Recognition Week

Registration is open in Percipio, and classes are filling up, so reserve your seat now!

The Office of Human Resources celebrates Staff Recognition Week with the 2022 Staff Development Week webinars and seminars! We provide these professional and personal development opportunities to enrich and enhance our staff. At no cost to participants, sessions are voluntarily presented by subject matter experts either from or closely related to the university’s own roster of players. We hope that you will take this opportunity to enrich and enhance yourself both professionally and personally. Join us for these informative seminars the week of May 16th. You can look forward to tried-and-true favorite sessions as well as new sessions we hope will spark your interest! 2022 Staff Development week schedule  is available click here, and registration is open now.

Professional Development and Employee Engagement Opportunities

Employee Engagement

Flex Work Series– This series was developed in response to focus group feedback requesting more information and options regarding flex work. If you’re interested in learning more about flex work, please join us for Flex Work Series: Flex Work 101  Friday, April 29 from 11-11:50am CT.

During this session we will answer questions like what is flex work and what are the different types? What exactly is our flex work policy? What makes some positions more or less suitable for flex work than others? We will also offer strategies for having conversations about flex work with your supervisor. Stay tuned for more Flex Work sessions in May!

Presenters Jill Wood and Megan Gonzales

Emerging Leader’s Program: The application is open for the Emerging Leaders program, a cohort-based leadership development program for faculty and staff that will launch this Fall. This program came about in response to the training and development needs expressed by the focus groups. For more information as well as the application link, please visit the Emerging Leaders Program website

Percipio Training

Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Stephen Covey points out that we choose how we respond to life’s circumstances. This course addresses the 7 habits: be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win/win; seek first to understand, then be to understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw. Click here to access Percipio Course (27 mins, completion earns a badge).

Supervisor Development Series

Supervisor Development Series
Next session begins April 21st!
Registration is open! 

Calling all UMSL supervisors—the start of a new semester is a great time to invest in your professional development. The Supervisor Development Series is intended to provide new supervisors or supervisors new to their role at UMSL, the tools needed to be effective in their positions.  This is a great opportunity to add to  your skills and network with other supervisors.

Registration for the series can be completed using this link, individuals should register for the six live webinars in the series through Percipio. Instructions follow below.

This learning Journey is comprised of 8 “Tracks”.

      • Please start by clicking on “Explore” in the “Communication, Professionalism, and Foundations of Supervision” track. This will take you to the “Learning Path” for the “Track”.
      • As you scroll down, you will see that there are 5 items on this path; to complete each path, all items listed must be completed.

Next select the “Interviewing, Selecting, and Onboarding Employees” track.

      • Please scroll down to the “Live Course” on the bottom right of that block please click on “Learn more & Register”.
      • This will open a new window, please click on the “+ Register” to get your name on the roster for that session.
      • Please repeat this process for each of the subsequent 5 tracks to register for the live sessions.

Professional Development and Employee Engagement Opportunities

Time (or lack there of) can be a stressor for all of us. This month’s Percipio recommendation offers some strategies for making the most of your time and eliminating time-wasters. And speaking of time, the ODEI recommended training offers the opportunity to participate asynchronously on your own time if you already have too many scheduled zoom meetings.

Manage Your Time So It Doesn’t Manage You
In this course, you’ll consider how you’re spending your time now and what techniques you can use to spend it more wisely and productively. You’ll learn to block the time stealers that interfere with your productivity, use to-do lists and schedules to organize your time and tasks, and develop a regular habit of checking in with your plans to make sure you’re getting them done. Click here to access Percipio Course (20 mins, completion earns a badge).

DEI in the Academic Workplace: Creating Cultures of Inclusion
This 3-part series can be taken on asynchronously (on Canvas, starting April 4) or synchronously (on Zoom, starting March 22). Click here for dates, session description, and registration.

ODEI CommUNITY Series (March event) Radical Listening
An approach to engagement and dialogue that focuses on bearing witness to people’s stories. Participants will learn skills to actively focus, practice pausing and confirm with others the accuracy of our understanding of their stories and experiences. March 17, 2022 from 11am-12pm. Registration required.

UMSL Faculty & Staff Wellbeing Fair

On Wednesday, March 16, please join United Healthcare and UMSL Campus Recreation to celebrate your health and wellbeing.  The event will start at 10am with a light breakfast followed by an interactive presentation from UMSL Counseling Services.  The day will also include:

  • Two “Stretch at Your Desk” Sessions
  • Free assessments from the RWC Personal Trainers
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Chair Massages
  • Membership Promotions
  • An Informational Tabling Session starting at 11:30am

The event will conclude at 1:30pm.  Look for emails from UMSL Campus Recreation to sign up for the chair massages and a detailed full schedule.

We hope you join us for a day to celebrate your wellbeing!

HR News and Updates: Performance Management

We have a wonderful opportunity for your employees who have supervisory responsibilities, “Supervisor Development Series”.

This hybrid eLearning series is offered through Percipio and in facilitated Zoom workshops.  Individuals should register for the six live webinars using  this link through Percipio by March 2nd. Instructions follow below. The next session begins March 3rd.

This development series is comprised of 8 “Tracks” which are intended to provide staff, new to the supervisor role, or new to the role at the University, the information and resources they need to be effective managers of resources and supervisors of their staff, while being compliant with HR laws and University policies.

Topic  Live Sessions on Zoom
Communication, Professionalism, and Foundations of Supervision Content on Percipio, no live session for this track.
Interviewing, Selecting, and Onboarding Employees Content on Percipo and live sessions on March 3 from 10:30-12pm or April 21 from 10:30-12pm Click here to register.
Classification and Timekeeping Content on Percipio, no live session for this track.
Culture and Inclusion Content on Percipo and live sessions on March 8 from 10:30-12pm or April 28 from 9:00-10:30am)   Click here to register.
Coaching Conversations and Performance Feedback Content on Percipo and live sessions on March 16 from 10:30-12pm or May 5 from 10:30-12pm  Click here  to register
Leave and Accommodations Content on Percipo and live sessions on March 24 from 10:30am  – 12pm or May 12 from 10:30-12pm Click here to register
Effective Discipline and Navigating Conflict Content on Percipo and live sessions on April 7 from 10:30-12pm or May 19 from 10:30-12pm  Click here to register
Employee Engagement and Recognition Content on Percipo and live sessions on April 13 from 10:30-12pm or May 26 from 10:30-12pm  Click here to register



Professional Development & Employee Engagement Opportunities

This month’s professional development recommendations provide opportunities to learn effective and inclusive communication skills and strategies. In addition to healthy communication, we are featuring an opportunity to enhance your physical health as well!

Encouraging Team Communication and Collaboration.
Managing teams successfully involves ensuring that team members can communicate with you and with one another and that they will collaborate effectively as a team. To achieve this, clear channels of communication are required for both on-site and virtual teams. In this course, you’ll learn how to demonstrate team leadership by encouraging effective communication and overcoming communication problems. You’ll explore strategies for encouraging team collaboration. Finally, you’ll learn about tools and technologies that are commonly used for virtual teamwork and key considerations for establishing virtual communication guidelines. Click here to access Percipio Course (21 minutes, completion earns digital badge).

Inclusive Language Series.
This recorded 3-part webinar series will provide you with an opportunity to learn about currently appropriate terminology related to disability, LGBTQ+ communities, and race/ethnicity, as well as the reasoning behind why these terms are generally preferred. This series was held in the Fall 2022 and features guest speakers from the UMSL community. Click here to access the full program at your convenience on Percipio.

Employee Engagement – Faculty/Staff Cohort at the RWC

Program Dates: March 14 – May 2
Program Cost: $120
Fee includes:

  • Membership to the RWC for Duration of program
  • Pre & Post Fitness Assessments by a personal trainer
  • 36 different workouts for all levels
  • Access to an app for accessing workouts and tracking progress
  • Weekly tips and tricks to keep you engaged and motivated


Welcome New HR Team Members

Welcome New HR Team Members

Please join us in welcoming new HR team members!  The contact information for all HR team members is available on the HR Staff Directory.  As we onboard new HR colleagues, we have realigned the units assigned to the HR partners. To find the name of the Senior HR partner assigned to a unit, Partner by Unit.

Cleola Butler
Cleola Butler serves as UMSL’s Human Resources Specialist specializing in recruiting. She comes with experience in education, including K-12 (Registration, Student Services) and Higher Education (Admissions and Financial Aid and Business Support), as well as corporate experience (Accounting and HR Clerk). Driven by integrity, she takes pride in providing the best customer service possible. As HR Specialist, her goal will be working to implement daily operations that will enhance the performance of HR. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies (with coursework completed at UMSL).

Shon Hall
Shon Hall has worked in Human Resources for over 20 years in the areas of Employee Relations, Performance Management, and Recruiting. Her industry expertise includes Healthcare, Financial Services, and Retail. She chose to work in Human Resources because she truly enjoys providing guidance and exploring ways to make a difference. In her role, she has the opportunity to work with a wide range of employees at different levels across the organization doing great work and that is very rewarding. She currently holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Human Resources Management and a PHR certification with plans to pursue a Masters in Human Resources Management.