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Schools are more transparent with employees to avoid second-guessing, but that doesn't mean revealing everything to everyone.

Annual performance reviews are shunned for good reason. Many higher education institutions question the wisdom of this antiquated approach and are exploring alternatives.

Some schools now offer training where employees learn to better understand mental illness, to recognize coworkers or family members who may be in trouble, and to encourage people to get help.

Upon hearing of an employee’s death, HR notifies the individual’s supervisor and suggests a department meeting so coworkers can express their emotions and learn how people grieve differently.

By aligning goals, HR helps employees see the big picture, proves its value as a business partner, and retains the talent needed for the institution to move forward and accomplish its mission.

The strategic plans of every administrator and department must work collectively toward the overall goals of a college or university.

Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

The University of Santa Monica has implemented an HR information system along with a new management platform called Employee Self-Onboarding by BambooHR.

With skilled workers in demand by industry and student enrollment declining, ignoring diversity initiatives is impractical, even unproductive.

Carol Patton is a Las Vegas-based writer who specializes in human resources issues.

As the national movement for unionization continues to grow across college campuses, there’s an important lesson here. Unions typically spring up where inequities are either perceived or actually occur.

Like many employers, higher ed institutions are reaching out to military veterans to fill skilled positions. Military service offers rich opportunities for individuals to develop a wide variety of skills that translate to well-paying jobs in the civilian world.

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