Human Resources Training and Event Services

Supervisor Training Series

Module 1: Services & Functions of HR & Affirmative Programs

An introductory session to learn about the core service areas and functions provided by Human Resources and the Affirmative Programs Office. We'll overview key resources and guides, and you'll meet the people who are here to help you succeed!

Module 2: Series Kickoff Event - Featuring The Second City

Enjoy performance-based scripts by The Second City (Chicago touring company) focusing on Bullying, Generational Differences, and Violence Prevention interwoven with ethics-, harassment-, and discrimination-awareness. The Second City specializes in sketch comedy and improv and has been delighting audiences for over 50 years.

Module 3: Recruiting & Hiring

Navigate through the hiring process and legal issues with guides for conducting effective interviews, performing reference checks, and onboarding best practices. Remember, you're a partner helping to achieve Michigan Tech's strategic goal to "attract, retain, and support a world-class and diverse faculty, staff, and student population."

Hiring Resources & Guides:

Interview Questions for Basic Competencies - U-M Resource

Chart of Legal Questions - U-M Resource

Hiring: The Broken Process - Training Magazine Article

Module 4: Maximizing Performance

Understand the importance of providing feedback and how to effectively coach and develop others in order to maximize performance. We'll also discuss addressing performance issues, corrective action, and the discipline process. You'll walk away with increased knowledge of managing performance and supervising in a union environment.

Module 5: Day-to-Day Supervision

Learn what employees want and don't want from their managers. We'll explore flexible work options, safety, and understanding generation differences. This session will assist in preparing supervisors for everyday challenges and how to set and convey expectations.

Module 6: Continuous Improvement Using Lean Principles

Discover a problem-solving mindset using "Lean Thinking" to habitually, cooperatively, and rigorously strive for continuous improvement and "perfection in your processes and services.

Lean/Continuous Improvement Resources:

WEBSITE: Michigan Tech Continuous Improvement Site

BOOKS: Lean/Continuous Improvement Books Available for Loan

BLOG: Continuous Improvement Blog

Other Lean Blogs Worth Reading:

Lean Pathways Blog

Mark Graban's Lean Blog

Lean Insider Blog

Thank you for attending the Supervisor Training Series at Michigan Technological University.

Staff Search Committee Certification

This two part certification covers best practices and legal aspects of conducting a dynamic search and successfully hiring the best candidate.

Effective July 1 2014, completion of this certification is required for all employees who will serve as a search committee chair and is strongly encouraged for all staff who will serve on a search committee. Effective July 1 2015, completion of this certification is required for all staff who will serve on a search committee.

Part 1: Attend “Recruiting and Hiring” Training Session

This training covers each step of the staff hiring process, provides direction for effective interviewing, and delivers other resources to support recruitment and hiring. Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity staff present this session a couple times each year.  

Recruiting and Hiring Training Slides

To register for an upcoming session, please click here.

Part 2: Complete “Best Practices of Staff Hiring (Legal Aspects)” Online Course

This online course was designed by staff in the Office of Institutional Equity.  It consists of a 35 minute audio/PowerPoint presentation, hiring scenarios you read and respond to, and a brief survey.

This course is made available to staff who successful complete Part 1.