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Human Resources & Inclusive Community

Human Resources & Inclusive Community

Welcome to Human Resources at the University of Denver!

 

What's New?

This section spotlights up-to-date information of events, developments, and updates of Human Resources & Inclusive Community and its support of the University community.

On June 9, 2020, Chancellor Jeremy Haefner announced several budget measures for Fiscal Year 2021 that directly relate to DU employees. We have posted important FAQs, and welcome employees to contact their HR Partner with additional questions.

Guided by DU IMPACT 2025, we are taking many important steps to shape our University and have greater impact on higher education in 21st-century ways. Through our planning and implementation process, we also are creating a renewed sense of collaboration for moving this University forward. It is increasingly clear that engaged and talented faculty and staff will be critical to realizing our considerable aspirations and supporting a new generation of students.

We welcome you to view our Strategic Plan:

HRIC Tips for Remote Work

As more of our colleagues make the shift to remote work, below are some tips to help make this a successful transition. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your HR Partner!

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Know Your Tech:

DU Information Technology has a fantastic website for faculty and staff with information on all the technology tools available to assist with remote work. To learn more about the tools you can use, see this helpful technology resources guide for working and teaching from off-campus. If you have questions IT support is just a phone call (or click) away! IT Support Call 303-871-4700 Request Help Online.

 

Avoid Distractions:

If you can, find a space in your home that can be a dedicated work area. When working from home, it’s easy to get distracted with personal chores like laundry, walking the dog, emptying the dishwasher, etc. The best way to stay focused is to establish and keep a daily work routine. It may sound strange, but this includes showering and dressing for work! Many people find this helpful to get into the right frame of mind.

 

Know When to Stop:

The importance of routine also applies to the end of the work day. The ritual of commuting home often helps separate work and home life. When working from home, those lines can become more easily blurred.

 

Wellbeing:

Be mindful of your wellbeing while working from home. Stay hydrated and remember to get up and stretch about once every hour.

 

Check In!

Although working from home may initially sound appealing, it can get lonely. Most of us are used to having informal interactions with our colleagues every day and some may experience a sense of isolation. Check in with your colleagues and see how they are doing. Make time for ice breakers, even if that is not a part of your normal meeting practice.

 

Pay:

Remember, non-exempt employees who work remotely when DU is open should be paid for hours worked at their regular hourly rate of pay. Overtime must be approved in advance.

 

Establish and Reinforce Accountability and Norms:

Work groups should establish norms regarding how they will work together remotely. Make sure you have a way to communicate with everyone. Managers should set clear expectations for communication. Continue to communicate goals and don’t forget to celebrate successes!

 

Virtual Meetings: 

    • Agendas: While you may not always utilize agendas for your in-person meetings, consider making this a practice for virtual meetings. Even some simple bullet points on topics for discussion will help everyone get on the same page more quickly.
    • Meeting Etiquette: Remind everyone to mute their phone or mics if using computer audio. Be aware of your surroundings and what will be visible when on a video call.
    • Be Mindful: Unlike an in-person meeting you can’t always tell when someone is trying to share a point of view. Meeting facilitators, ask the group if there are additional thoughts before moving to the next topic. Your colleague may talk over you and not even realize it – be patient as everyone adjusts.
    • Action Items: Before the call ends, make sure everyone understands next steps and their own responsibilities and timelines.

Be Patient:

Working remotely, especially for extended periods of time, will be new for many of us. Ask colleagues if they need help or if they are experiencing hurdles that make remote work challenging. Problem solve together!

Resources for Managing and Working Remotely

The LinkedIn Learning Pathways listed below address a wide range of topics for managers and employees on such practical matters as managing one's time to engaging and motivating their employees and more: 

Managing in a Remote Environment (for managers) 

Working in a Remote Environment (for all employees)

New Performance Management System is now live! 

HRIC has rolled out its new performance management and compensation planning system, Pioneer@Work. This year was the last year that the University used Silkroad. 

Please visit Performance Management for more information.