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HR Monthly Digest

HR Monthly Digest - April 2017

We are pleased to introduce you to another team in our HR family.

Employee & Labor Relations

ELR TeamEmployee and Labor Relations Team

Employee and Labor Relations primary purpose is to engage in activities that contribute to employee engagement and improved individual and workplace performance. In addition, they provide advice and counsel to supervisors and ensure that UCR’s employment practices comply with all applicable laws, policies and labor contracts.

The Employee & Labor Relations (ELR) department consists of six dedicated Human Resources professionals.

ELR Director, Elizabeth Sanchez brings over 20 years of Human Resources experience in Employee and Labor Relations in the public and non-profit sectors. She holds a bachelor of arts in public policy analysis and has advanced training in investigations, advocacy and negotiations. As Director of Employee and Labor Relations, Elizabeth works with supervisors and employees to resolve complex and sensitive organizational and individual employment issues.

Alex Najera has over 10 years of Human Resources experience. He has a bachelor of arts in history and a master’s in public administration. As a Principal ELR Analyst, Alex works with campus leadership, general staff, faculty, and labor representatives, to address and resolve unique and challenging ELR matters. His greatest professional satisfaction is working with others across campus to design, facilitate and implement best practices that help promote a benchmark of excellence and a shared sense of purpose at UCR.

Paul Wood comes to UCR with over 29 years of Human Resources experience supporting Fortune 100 companies. He holds bachelor’s degrees in U.S. history and psychology, and a master’s in psychology. Paul is active in the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). As a Principal ELR Analyst, Paul conducts workplace investigations on a variety of issues and provides support to several campus departments.

Kristin Branson has been involved in Employment Litigation and Human Resources for 7 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCR, earned her Juris Doctorate, and is licensed with The State Bar of California. Kristin is a Principal ELR Analyst and supports the campus by providing training, consultation and mediation in employer/employee relations and conflict resolution.

Lisa Dye has over 12 years of Human Resources experience in higher education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in psychology. Prior to coming to Human Resources, Lisa served as the Director of Organizational Design and Human Resources for the UCR Library. She is a certified Crucial Conversations Facilitator and Mental Health First Aid Responder, holds SHRM-SCP and PHR designations, is active in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). As a Principal ELR Analyst, Lisa provides expertise in support of high performance work environments across the campus.

Mariela Roberts has been with the university for 11 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in translation and interpretation. She provides administrative and logistical support to the campus; personable and professional service to internal and external clients; and administers the background check and unemployment insurance programs.

ELR is responsible for activities throughout the whole life-cycle of the employment relationship for employees with the university – from reviewing background check results, assisting in performance management issues, investigating complaints and recommending corrective action. Recently, the ELR team redesigned the campus’ performance management system for staff employees and successfully conducted in-person training sessions for supervisors across the campus..

ELR is also involved in the following activities:

  • Resolution of workplace conflicts and grievances for employees and supervisors
  • Policy development and collective bargaining/labor relations for the campus
  • Consulting support for departments implementing organizational change
  • Leadership training for supervisors in policies, contracts and best practices

As the university transitions to a Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) model, ELR will provide support and guidance to the growing number of UCR HRBPs.

Performance Management

Performance Management Timeline

Performance Management Timeline

As part of the campus performance management program, all staff employees are appraised in writing annually. For 2017, each organizational unit must certify to Human Resources by May 19, 2017, that all staff have received annual appraisals for the 12-month performance period ending on March 31, 2017. The recommended Performance Management Timeline is available on the Human Resource’s Performance Management webpage. Please review the information and communicate appropriate deadlines to your department/organizational unit. Learn more

Performance Management
Staff Performance Management Process

As we complete our first annual appraisal cycle utilizing UCR’s new Performance Management process for staff employees, Human Resources invites you to provide feedback and recommendations to improve the process for future years. Specifically, we would like to know about what worked well, what did not, which parts of the process require refining, and which parts should be eliminated and/or replaced. Your feedback is welcomed by attending an open forum in May 2017 or via email at Learn more

Employee and Organizational Management

Sexual Harassment Training
UC Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

May 1 & 2, 2017

The UC Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment Prevention Training provides information on preventing and responding to sexual violence and sexual harassment and what each of us can to do to make our UC culture safer for all. This training is for employees who are not required to complete California’s AB1825 mandated training for supervisory employees. For more information on topics covered and the course schedule, please click here.

UC Management Development Program

Coming May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017

The Management Development Program (MDP) is a dynamic systemwide training program that is designed to enhance and strengthen UC manager capabilities in four core competencies – People Management, Employee Engagement, Influence, and Change Leadership. The curriculum includes topics and discussions relevant to the demands facing UC managers and provides an opportunity to share challenges and find effective solutions. Learn more

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Coming June 2017

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a principle-centered approach designed to teach participants how to achieve greater productivity, improve communication, strengthen relationships, and increase influence. Come to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People course and discover anecdotes to solve personal and professional challenges. For more information on course topics, please click here.

LMS Upgrade
UC Learning Center (LMS)

Upgrade Coming in Summer 2017

We are pleased to announce that the University will be updating our Learning Management System (LMS), known as the UC Learning Center. The UC Learning Center enables access to required trainings and additional online and in-person activities for all staff, faculty and students at UCR. The upgrade is currently scheduled for July. Stay tuned for additional details. Featured Courses

April 2017 is an online training library available to all staff and faculty via R’Space. It offers over 1,000 courses and video tutorials on a wide variety of software, technology, non-technical skill, and creative topics, to support both professional and personal development. can be accessed from your laptop, tablet, Smart Phone or personal computer. Learn more

UCR Professional Development Courses – April 2017

Please visit the Professional Development Calendar to view the full offering of courses.

Registration for these courses is required through the Learning Management System (LMS).

Total Compensation

Pre-Retirement Information

Pre-Retirement Information and Resources

Confidential pre-retirement counseling available through June 15, 2017

Spring time is typically the time when faculty and staff begin to gather information regarding their retirement options. To assist faculty and staff, UC offers retirement services and tools to support career-long financial planning for retirement. In addition, UCR HR has a new retirement benefits website which includes a Pre-Retirement Information and Resources Checklist to assist you in identifying all the necessary information and documents to complete the retirement process. Through June 15, 2017, UCR faculty and staff can schedule confidential pre-retirement counseling appointments. Learn more

Workplace Health and Wellness

#NOMASSBUTTS Art Installation

April 24, 25, 25, 2017

Billions of trees | Millions of cigarette butts | One dangerous product

UCR will host the #NOMASBUTTS art installation, symbolizing the billions of trees cut down each year to make cigarettes. The art installation, created by Los Angeles-based artist and director Cristobal Valecillos, is a 200-pound sculpture in the shape of a fallen tree stump made from driftwood, faux wood and more than 50,000 cigarette butts. The tree sculpture will be on display at the Bell Tower South. Learn more

Relaxation Yoga
Relaxation Yoga Practices with Diane

April 2016

Diane Del Buono, Associate of the Chancellor will lead gentle yoga poses – Where a Chair Replaces the Yoga Mat. The benefits of incorporating gentle yoga poses and mindfulness practices throughout the day will help you to energize your body and mind. Learn more

Wellness Ambassador image
Become a Wellness Amabassador

Ambassador Orientation / Monday, April 24 / 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

UCR Wellness Ambassadors serve a critical role in creating a healthy campus culture. Ambassadors collaborate to identify ways to encourage a healthy campus environment. Learn more

MobileFit Spring
Mobile Fit

Through June 9, 2017

The Mobile Fit program is available for all UCR faculty and staff who are interested in participating in a convenient on-site fitness program during the lunch hour to improve overall health and wellness. Learn more

Spring FarmShare

UCR FarmShare is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program offering fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, meat and eggs. As we spring into a new season, this is your opportunity to eat healthy and buy locally through a customized and convenient program. Learn more

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