myLearn Spotlight: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Date: Tuesday Apr 16 10:00:00 CDT 2019 Central Daylight Time

We all know that timing is everything. Trouble is, we don’t know much about timing itself. In this provocative and entertaining live event presentation, offered through myLearn, multiple New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink will show that timing is a really a science – one we can use to make smarter decisions, enhance our productivity, and boost the performance of our organizations.

Next Step Student Internship Program Accepting Applications

Next Step is now accepting both Student and Department applications for the Spring 2019 semester.  Applications will be accepted from 11/5/2018 – 11/23/2018.

UMSL’s Next Step, formerly known as the Student Plus Program, is an on-campus experiential learning program that allows students to gain knowledge through university departments, become more engaged with the campus community and enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities.  Next Step also places its main focus on degree completion.

The paid internship program bridges college to career transition through practical workshops focused on resume-building experience, career preparation and self-discovery.  Focused on developing the students’ core competencies, Next Step includes: Critical thinking/problem solving, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, career management, oral/written communications, digital technology, professionalism/work ethic, and global/intercultural fluency.

The placement of students within departments depends upon two things: What kind of experience the student is wanting to gain and the needs of the department.  Students will be able to work an average of 28 hours a week.

More information on how to apply, for both students and departments, is provided on the Next Step Program web page.

Apply Now for Social Justice Mediation Training!

Registration is now available for our annual Social Justice Mediation Training, hosted by the University of Missouri System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Columbia, MO on January 2-4 and 7-8, 2019.

The training is open to all University employees from across the UM System. Please promote this to those staff and faculty who may be interested in a great professional development opportunity!

Applicants must complete the online application by November 5, 2018.

Training overview

January 2-4 and 7-8 , 2019 MU Student Center Room 2205 A&B 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for all five days. Continue reading “Apply Now for Social Justice Mediation Training!”

myLearn Spotlight: The Energy Bus – 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work & Team…

myLearn offers a wealth of online books to benefit both your career and personal life.  One such book is The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work & Team with Positive Energy.

According to Gallup polls, negativity in the workplace is costing companies 300 billion dollars a year. So companies are spending a significant amount of money and resources to find solutions that will help leaders and their employees overcome these challenges. Utilizing a business parable format, The Energy Bus teaches the reader how to find their inner motivation and pass on that positive energy to others in their organization.

A text version of The Energy Bus is available.  Click on the link, log into myLearn , choose whether or not to enable Web Accessibility Features, then click the “Launch” button in the upper right hand corner when you’re ready to start reading!  There is also an audio version available for download.  If you have any issues accessing The Energy Bus through myLearn, contact HR at 314-516-4130.

Required Online Training Modules through myLearn – Deadline September 30th

Training is an important part of ensuring a safe and positive learning and workplace environment for our University community. Your required annual training is now available in myLearn and must be completed by September 30.

Beginning September 23, you will receive daily alerts until your requirement has been met. Supervisors will be informed of their direct reports’ completion status as the process continues.

To complete your online course, sign into myLearn and select the “Learning Plan” icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. You may launch required training from your Learning Plan page. Please note, training required for this fiscal year will be clearly marked as due on September 30, 2018. Training required for next year may already be viewable on this page, but will be marked with a due date of 2019. You do not need to complete that training at this time.

Possible training requirements

Please note, some faculty and staff members will have additional required modules in their myLearn learning plan. Below are training modules required for all faculty and staff.

Building a Foundation: Discrimination Prevention and Title IX (Refresher) – The UM System has an ongoing commitment to support and promote inclusion, respect and diversity. Faculty and staff are required to complete online compliance training every two years. If you completed Building a Foundation last fiscal year, review a brief refresher.

Please note, myLearn only tracks course completion status and date. Therefore, when you review the refresher, it will not show as “complete.” If you are unsure of your Title IX course completion from last fiscal year, please review your myLearn learning transcript, located on the left hand navigation menu of the myLearn home page.

Campus Alert Training – In order to better protect and empower our community, the UM System and our university colleagues have developed Campus Alert Training to provide information on the Emergency Alert System and how you can assess and respond to emergency situations.

Global IT Security Basics – Because so much of what we do involves technology in some form, University policy requires faculty and staff to complete Global IT Security Basics training annually to protect University information assets and IT systems, and to protect yourself from cybercriminals.

Questions about accessing or completing Title IX or Campus Alert Training

If you have questions about accessing or completing Title IX or Campus Alert Training, reach out to the HR Service Center at 573-882-2146, toll-free at 800-488-5288 or via email at For questions relating to Global IT Security Basics, please contact the UM Chief Information Security Officer at for assistance.

If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and require specific accommodations, such as alternate formats of the courses, please contact UM Human Resources at or dial 573-884-1878. Human Resources will make every effort to provide an accommodation.

HR Offers Teambuilding Workshops

True Colors workshop at Child Advocacy Center,
presented by Megan Jakel, HR Consultant

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth

Teambuilding exercises have become part of the modern workplace landscape, and according to, they’re one of the most important ways to foster open communication, gratitude, and motivation amongst employees, thereby boosting productivity.  UMSL Human Resources currently offers two workshops that cultivate all of these benefits.  To contact HR about workshop opportunities, scroll to the end of this post.

True Colors features a personality profiling system that is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament.  It provides insights into different motivations, actions, and communication approaches, allowing teams to improve communication through a greater understanding and recognition of each other’s true character, according to

Jerry Dunn, Director of the UMSL Child Advocacy Center, had this to say about a recent True Colors workshop, facilitated by HR Consultant, Megan Jakel:  “She (Megan) was so dynamic and made the information accessible to everyone! From my viewpoint, her goal of everyone getting to know themselves and each other a bit more was met SPOT ON! We laughed and had a lot of fun—it was a great sendoff for our holiday weekend.

Languages of Appreciation:  According to, “Research with over 100,000 employees found that over 50% want to be appreciated in ways other than words.”  Each person likes to be shown gratitude in different ways.  While some like to hear words of praise, others would prefer offers of help, or tangible gifts.  This workshop helps employees discover which of the 5 languages of appreciation they most identify with, as well as how to best show their gratitude to others.

For more information on these and other teambuilding seminars, contact your designated consultant, or call Human Resources at 314-516-4130, or


Seven Alternatives To ‘Thank You’

Recently, the Recognition task force completed the 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace quiz. Words of Affirmation ranked highest among all participants as the preferred method of recognition. Below is an article recently posted by Forbes Community Voice affirming how genuine gratitude and appreciation make an impact on how you make others feel in the workplace.

Post written by: Cord Himelstein, VP of marketing for HALO Recognition, helping companies worldwide create meaningful recognition strategies that celebrate their people.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Saying “thank you” is our business when it comes to the corporate world. In a nutshell, my company helps companies find better ways to say it to their employees. Needless to say, communications and public speaking play a huge role in realizing that. A good general lesson I’ve learned is that simply saying “thank you” is not always enough. It can wear out its welcome, or worse, come off as insincere. Everyone can benefit from having multiple tactics for saying it.

There is quantifiable power in gratitude.

Basic kindness has real power. For example, in an NBC Season of Kindness Poll, 70% of the 2,650 adults surveyed said they would forgo a 10% raise for a kinder boss. In most areas of life, gratitude is always welcome and a requisite for getting things done smoothly. Whether or not a person says “thank you” after you do something for them is a much-relied-upon barometer for sizing up the intentions of others in life. We all intuitively recognize the phrase as a bar of social grace, and that’s what can complicate matters.

In our line of work, we try to quantify gratitude. We tally up plaudits by location and help companies understand why “thank you” isn’t cutting it in some places. From a communications perspective, we get to observe the interesting side effects gratitude has across large populations over time. One of those side effects is repetition and casualness in the way we say thanks.

We can get into a habit of saying “thank you” for everything. It becomes a reaction instead of an interaction. We forget to call out specific things. We stop identifying the real qualities we appreciate about the person or relationship. We become generic with our gratitude and important details — the building blocks of genuine relationships — are lost. The effects are insidious and easy to ignore.

Variety makes us tick.

In a 2014 LinkedIn post, renowned author and personal coach Tony Robbins identified six basic needs that make us tick, based on psychologist Abraham Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs theory. Robbins argues that as much as we need certainty and comfort to be happy, we also need uncertainty and variety to grow.

People don’t want generic lives and eventually get tired of the same old thing. Our burning need to create new experiences that enrich our lives, what Maslow called self-actualization, is strong. To that point, how you communicate thanks is just as (if not more) important as remembering to do it in the first place.

Here are seven alternatives to ‘thank you.’

Saying “thank you” in a slightly unexpected way is a minor speech adjustment with the potential to unlock a lot of good energy and elicit more sincere responses. It also establishes new lines of communication and, as a bonus, increases your personal mystique. These seven alternatives are great ways to catch people off guard and create deeper bonds. And they might make them feel better about themselves than a generic “thank you” would.

1. “I appreciate you.”

2. “Let me know if you need anything else.”

3. “Couldn’t have done it without you.”

4. “You made this easy.”

5. “You’re so helpful.”

6. “What do you think?”

7. “I’m impressed!”

‘Thank you’ is still cool.

You shouldn’t take this to mean that saying “thank you” isn’t cool anymore. It’s still very cool, and if you like saying it, don’t ever stop. But what this all boils down to is that people need more than rote validation to feel fulfilled in a relationship. They need opportunities to self-actualize, as well as a touch of variety to offset certainty every now and again. Anything you say to a person over and over again to the same tune is going to lose its effect and turn into static over time. As Mr. Robbins might say, it’s about giving people the surprises they actually want.

Register for Focus on the Future Keynote Speaker Event!

There’s still time to register to see Focus on the Future keynote speaker, Wes Hoffman of Treehouse Network.  Join Wes as he delivers a thought-provoking and entertaining speech on mindfulness, motivation, and inspiration. Learn about how to develop a more positive outlook by becoming aware of thought patterns, letting go of the negative, and finding your passion within.   The event is on Thursday, March 29th, at 3 p.m. in MSC Century rooms B & C.

Registration Instructions for Focus on the Future: Staff Enrichment week

Log into myLearn using your SSO account.

1. Select the icon for “The Library” and the top of the page.
2. Click “UMSL” from the dropdown box. Listed under “University of Missouri Library”.
3. Select “UMSL Instructor Led Training” on the left side panel. Under “Categories”.
4. Scroll down the page until you find workshops titles that begin with “Focus on the Future. ” Select the “DETAILS” button for workshops you find most interesting. There are two pages.
5. To learn more about the course, select the “About” tab. Or by selecting “Details” on the “Sessions” tab.
6. To enroll in the course, select the “Sessions” tab and select “Enroll”. You may withdraw after enrollment, as well.
7. After enrolling you will receive an email to your UMSL account.  You may add that appointment to your Outlook calendar so you don’t forget the event. Open the calendar icon next to “Message”.
8. Select “Save & Close”.

There’s Still Time to Sign-up for Focus on the Future!

You can still sign up for Focus on the Future personal and professional development workshops, happening March 27 – 29.  You may sign up for as many courses as you would like, as long as your supervisor has permitted you to do so.  See registration instructions below.

You will earn wellness points for the following courses:
*  I saved too much for retirement! Said nobody, ever.
*  Introduction to Intuitive Eating
*  Suicide Safety on our Campus
*  Change Your Attitude! Change Your Underwear!

The Keynote Speaker event has room for all staff, and everyone is encouraged to attend.  Please sign up (it is the last option listed on the registration page).

Food Truck Tuesday is open to all and you do not need to register, just head out to Parking Lot C between 11:30-1:30pm March 27th.

Registration Instructions for Focus on the Future: Staff Enrichment week

Log into myLearn using your SSO account.

1. Select the icon for “The Library” and the top of the page.

2. Click “UMSL” from the dropdown box. Listed under “University of Missouri Library”.

3. Select the “UMSL Instructor Led Training” on the left side panel. Under “Categories”.

4. Scroll down the page until you find those workshops titles that begin with “Focus on the Future. ” Select the “DETAILS” button for the workshops you find most interesting. There are two pages.

5. To learn more about the course, select the “About” tab. Or by selecting “Details” on the “Sessions” tab.

6. To enroll in the course, select the “Sessions” tab and select “Enroll”. You may withdraw after enrollment as well.

7. After enrolling you will receive an email to your UMSL account.

You may add that appointment to your Outlook calendar so you don’t forget the event. Open the calendar icon next to “Message”.

8. Select “Save & Close”.

myLearn Spotlight – The Innovation Code

The Human Resources office has been reading The Innovation Code by Jeff DeGraff and Staney DeGraff. Using vivid examples, this rigorous but highly accessible guide offers four steps to normalize conflict and channel it to develop breakthrough innovations that are both good for you and your customers. This book helps you identify your dominant world view and teaches you how to communicate and work with those who have a different dominant world view than you.

This book can be read through myLearn by clicking here.  If you are interested in more information about this book or any resource available in myLearn, contact Human Resources.