Supervisor and Manager Resources

Investing in your professional development will help you and your team succeed. Check out these training opportunities and resources.

Training and Development

  • Lunch and Learn Monthly Sessions
    UA HR leads monthly sessions providing updates to supervisors and an opportunity to directly ask questions of UA HR leadership.
  • Supervising for Success (self-paced)
    Supervising for Success consists of three modules that cover topics from recruitment, through performance management, safety, support resources, benefits, and diversity, equity and inclusion. *Stay tuned- this program is being expanded.*

Module 1
This module will cover the topics of compliance, classification and compensation, recruitment, hiring and retention.

Module 2
This module covers topics of employee engagement, Board of Regents Policies and University Regulation, training, ethics,  Diversity, equal employment opportunity, safety, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Americans with Disabilities Act  (ADA). 

Module 3
This module covers topics of communication and crucial conversations, conflict resolution, workplace bullying, performance management and evaluations, professional development, progressive discipline, and organizational change. 

  • Respectful Communication in the Workplace (self-paced)

    UA employees indicated the importance of open and honest two-way communication, as well as the ability to share opinions candidly without judgment or retaliation. The Respectful Communication in the Workplace collection explores ways to facilitate and engage in safe and authentic communication by exploring interpersonal skills, respect, practicing positive communication, and overcoming the fear of speaking up. Consider completing these courses individually or as a team. 

  • MyUA Learning Library

    Training resources are continuously offered as advertised on the UA HR Training Calendar. If you miss the live training, check out the learning library for the recording for a self-paced learning option. Within the MyUA learning library, under the “Type” drop down,  click on “Tier 3” for these options. 

Performance Management and Evaluation

  • MyUA Performance Evaluation Training (self-paced)

    This training includes a step-by-step tutorial on completing evaluations through MyUA, preparation for evaluations, the supervisor and employee's roles and who to contact for questions or issues will also be covered. 

  • Coaching and Performance Management Resource: Coaching as Conversation- A Guide for Supervisors

    This resource is a quick guide for proactive performance management on approaching coaching conversations, identifying strengths and discussing development, providing constructive criticism, along with examples of how to start these conversations. Contact UA Labor and Employee Relations in advance of these discussions for additional guidance and support. This resource is also available in the MyUA Performance Evaluation Training session listed within this section. 

  • Supervising Remote and Hybrid Employees (self-paced)

    This collection of courses offers supervisors skills needed for managing remote/ hybrid employees, shares tips for getting results at a distance—including how to provide remote coaching and feedback—as well as building trust, setting reasonable boundaries as a long-distance leader, engaging employees, and more.

  • Giving Effective Feedback in Personal or Work Situations (self-paced)

    Giving effective feedback is difficult. Most people avoid opportunities to give constructive feedback and give infrequent and often unhelpful positive feedback. This session addresses strategies on how to deliver effective feedback at work or at home. The training will offer multiple examples and provide participants with ample practice to learn how to give feedback that helps individuals improve performance.

  • Setting Team and Employee Goals Using SMART Methodology (self-paced)

    This course walks you through bottom-up, zero-based, commit, and stretch goals. Use SMART goals to change behaviors, build new skills among employees, make actionable goals, create a comprehensive plan for setting and implementing goals, and ways to deal with challenges such as conflicting goals.

  • Performance Management: Setting Goals and Managing Performance (self-paced)

    As a manager, you want to set your employees up for success by helping them create SMART goals that align with the needs of your program and the skills the employee has and needs to develop. In this short course, participants will focus on the manager’s role in goal setting and performance management. Learn how to create an environment that’s data driven and ensures support and accountability, as well as help your direct reports define and align SMART goals.

  • This course is designed to add knowledge, tactical actions, and communication strategies to your management toolkit, so you can proactively manage employee performance. Create coaching solutions that work, conduct difficult conversations, make hard decisions, and turn performance management into an ongoing positive activity.

  • Building Accountability into Your Culture

    Leaders must model accountability to the rest of the organization to create trust and establish their own credibility. Employees must be held accountable for their work, both as individuals and within teams. When leaders and employees are accountable, this creates a culture of accountability, which becomes part of the organization's brand promise. In this on-demand course, leadership consultant and executive coach Mike Figliuolo reveals how to create a culture of accountability by developing accountability at the individual level, team level, and brand level. Along the way, he shows how to set employee expectations, create incentives, and align the practice of accountability with the values of the organization.

  • New Manager Foundations: Clarifying Initial Performance Expectations

    As a new manager, you need to establish your identity as a leader, connect with your team, build trust, develop authority and more. In this comprehensive course, thought leader and leadership expert Dr. Todd Dewett guides you through the foundations for success as a new manager. Discover what you need to do to make an immediate impact and set yourself up for success in your new role. Explore effective ways to connect with your team, build trust, and use authority successfully as a new manager. Find out how to guide your team’s performance, motivate your employees, and manage in the face of change. Plus, go over the importance of self-care and personal growth in filling your new role successfully. This course helps you prepare to confidently tackle your responsibilities at work and increase your value to the organization as a new manager.

Supporting your Employees

  • Family Medical Leave (self-paced)

    This training provides information on what Family Medical Leave (FML) is, eligibility, amount of leave allotted, the process for requesting FML, responsibilities of the employee and supervisor, mechanisms that can be used to record leave, as well as the communications both the employee and supervisor can expect.

  • Understanding Benefits Overview (self-paced)
    This training is designed to help better understand the employee lifecycle, and to be able to assist new employees as they onboard. 
  • Employee Leaves Journey (self-paced)

    This training is designed to help better understand employee leaves and how they interact: Family Medical Leave (FML), Leave Share, Parental Leave, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Short-term Disability (STD), and Long-term Disability (LTD). Learning outcomes will result in participants having a broad understanding of the leaves and protections available to UA employees, an understanding of where to direct employees for additional assistance, and where resources can be located on the benefits website.

  • HR Self-Service Knowledge Base

    This resource provides self service support for HR professionals and employees wanting to find procedures and information regarding employment benefits, compensation, talent acquisition, leave, accommodations, labor and employee relations, off-boarding, payroll, and much more.

Employee Experience

  • Prospective Employees   
    We offer a robust and comprehensive benefit package to our employees as part of our total compensation strategy. Here we outline our benefits at a high level - including our health and retirement plans, paid time off, and more.
  • UA Talent Acquisition 
    This resource provides information for job seekers, recruiters, training and development opportunities for employees.
  • Onboarding Employees     
    The new employee experience begins well before they arrive at the University. These resources will assist you with onboarding your new hire.
    • Employee Benefits Support
      This resource provides a benefits overview, required action items to set up benefits and additional benefit-related resources for both regular and temporary employees.  
    • Newly Hired Employee Resources
      This page connects new hires to information technology resources, benefits information, and university-based onboarding services.
    • University-based Onboarding
      This resources will connect you to the university-based onboarding contacts for UAA, UAF, UAS and System Office employees.
  • Offboarding Employees   
    • Separating Employees
      This page outlines how to submit an intent to separate from the university, benefits considerations, and information for supervisors.
    • Supervisor Actions (separating or transferring)
      It is the responsibility of supervisor to ensure their separating employees return all university related items issued to them (keys, computers, ProCards/ Travel Cards), and security accesses are addressed or revised.

      If an employee is completely separating from the university, security coordinators will receive an automated message at the time the employee’s position is ended in the system, however that is not the case for an employee transferring to another role within the university. 
      Contact both your UA security coordinator and HR coordinator for assistance with a transferring employee.