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Upcoming Civility Related Classes from Staff Ombuds Office (April 24, 2017) - Hi Everyone, We would like to draw your attention to our upcoming classes: May 2: WORKPLACE CIVILITY: RESPECT IN ACTIONUpcoming Civility Related Classes Learn practical steps for promoting civility at work, including guidelines for considerate conduct and ideas for creating a more inclusive work environment.… Read more...
Five Ways to Work Smarter in an Academic Environment (April 23, 2017) - Get Good at Committee Work: Committees are an integral part of the way the University gets things done and are deeply imbedded in the fabric of our very special University culture. Committee work is different from team work and there can be powerful unwritten rules related to the ways committees operate. Be sure to understand your committee’s reporting line, charge, scope, and what it should produce (and hopefully make “actionable”) as you expand your involvement in committees across campus.
Managing Through Transition: Looking In and Looking Out (April 21, 2017) - We had a very successful kick-off to our new program “Thriving as a Manager at Berkeley” with about 100 managers participating! Homa Bahrami, a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, started us off interviewing Carol Christ, our Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost… Read more...
Spotlight: Communications (April 19, 2017) - There are many ways to communicate! These posts feature some tools and tips for how to do that in your work at UC Berkeley.
Lynda.com: Featured Videos (April 19,2017) - To help you get the maximum benefit out of Lynda.com, we are going to feature videos that we think you will find interesting, relevant and informative. We are especially interesting in sharing what your peers and colleagues are checking out and “liking”.
3 Bullet Update (April 19,2017) - by Jennifer Chizuk — During my time as COO at the Haas School of Business, I initiated a communication with staff called the Monthly 3-Bullet Point Update. Each month, I sent out 3 short bullet points containing the most important information for staff to know. The total length of the update was no more than a ½ page and would take less than 2 minutes to read. It became a well -read communication. These are my three lessons to pass along to you in the format of the monthly 3-bullet update...
How video conferencing tools help me save time, money, and my sanity! (April 19,2017) - by Jennifer Bellenger — In the past decade we’ve seen web-based video tools like Hangouts, Skype, and Facetime change the way the world communicates. Just as having a cellphone is now ubiquitous, I don’t know how I would get things done without the ability to connect with people using free (or low cost) video conferencing tools. As a full-time employee, part-time graduate student and busy mom, I simply don’t have time to drive or fly to meetings with colleagues and classmates here, there and everywhere. For example, just last month I saved countless hours (and dollars) using Google Hangouts, BlueJeans, Zoom, WebEx, and FaceTime.
Campus Communications Hacks: No-cost Ways to Improve Your Communications (April 19,2017) - by Kim Jarboe LaPean — I confess to employing a little bit of clickbait in this headline because, in fact, I know nothing is free. Time is a valuable commodity. When you recognize how valuable and finite your time is, you have a better perspective on how to focus your efforts for maximum impact. While these strategies require an investment in time, they won’t require extra budget dollars. They don’t even require a communications team. Communications is a specialized field, yet I would argue that each of you is a communicator and could benefit from these tips.