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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

November 1, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Welcome to November! For some of us that means it’s officially time to add layers to our attire and warm up our dinner menus with soups and savory things.

We are hitting the ground running this month, kicking it off with Fall Staff Assembly tomorrow at 4pm CST to celebrate university staff and their contributions. If you haven’t already, you can learn more and register to attend in-person or virtual. Also, be sure to check out the section below on Compliance Fundamentals for leaders. And as usual, we have plenty of learning opportunities to explore that you won’t want to miss.


Weekly Work Gem

“Fear has a very concrete power of keeping us from doing and saying the things that are our purpose.” – Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Compliance Fundamentals: Manager Responsibilities at Vanderbilt

Compliance Fundamentals is intended for leaders who have staff reporting into them as well as Administrative Officers & Administrative Managers.

Whether you’re new to Vanderbilt, a newly hired or promoted leader or worked here for a while and need a refresher, please consider registering for this learning opportunity.

All sessions are virtual.

Module 1: Tuesday, November 16 – 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A 1-hour lunch break is provided.

Topics include:

  • EDI
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Internal Audit
  • Handling complaints & investigations
  • Title IX

Module 2: Monday, December 6- 8:30 a.m.- noon

Topics include:

  • Workplace accommodations
  • FMLA
  • Workers’ Compensation

Module 3: January 2022, Date TBD- 8:30 a.m. – noon

Topics include:

  • Protection of Minors
  • Wage & Hour, independent contractors, and working out of state
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Labor Relations

Leaders and subject matter experts from Equal Opportunity and Access, the Office of Audit, Risk, & Compliance, Title IX, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, HR Consulting, Employee and Labor Relations, Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management, and Protection of Minors will deliver the program’s content.

Please note that you can attend all three modules or just one or two depending on your learning needs. Also, you do not have to complete Modules 1–3 in sequence. We will begin another round of the modules in Spring 2022.

To register, visit Oracle Learning and search “HRVU Compliance Fundamentals.” All sessions will be virtual.

Employee Learning and Engagement Events 


Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021   |   Time: 1pm – 2pm CST

Register Here



Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021   |   Time: 12pm – 1pm CST

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Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021   |   Time: 10:30am – 12pm CST

Register Here



Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021   |   Time: 1pm – 2:30pm CST

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Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021   |   Time: 2pm – 3:30pm CST

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****To learn more about upcoming workshops, please visit our website

The Hybrid Hub

VU Hybrid Work Resources:

Vanderbilt University’s Hybrid and Remote Work Policy for Staff

Vanderbilt University’s Hybrid and Remote Work Toolkit


Additional Resources:

*NEW* Want Hybrid Work to Succeed? Trust, Don’t Track, Employees

American Psychological Association | The Future of Work: 5 Questions for Tsedal Neeley

How To Successfully Make A Hybrid Work Setup Work For You And Your Boss: Life Kit

Gallup Remote Work Resources

The Remote Work Assessment

Reimaging Higher Education for the Age of Flexible Work

HBR: Managing Introverts and Extroverts in the Hybrid Workplace

Deloitte’s Return to Campus: Perspectives from Higher Education Leaders

Campus Partner Opportunities

The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Work-Life Workshops for Fall










Calling in the Calling-Out Culture, Loretta J. Ross, Visiting Associate Professor of the Study of Women & Gender at Smith College

Date: Wednesday, November 3rd   |   Time: 5pm CST

Register Here  (Zoom webinar)


Gaslighting in the Workplace, Heather Kamper, LCSW, EAP Clinical Counselor and Coordinator of the VUMC SHARE Center

Date: Thursday, November 4th   |   Time: 12pm CST

Register Here

Did You Know…?

“I frequently ask managers, scientists, salespeople, and technologists around the world the following question: What percent of the failures in your organizations should be considered blameworthy? Their answers are usually in the single digits—perhaps 1% to 4%. I then ask what percent are treated as blameworthy. Now, they say (after a pause or a laugh) 70% to 90%!” – Amy Edmondson

The Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership offers insight on how to fail better by exploring why we fail to learn from failure and how to consider the value failure brings. To learn more, click here.

Virtual & Community Events 

Lean In and momentive Present: Equity at Work – Practical Tools for Building an Inclusive Workplace

Join this fireside chat to learn how senior leaders set the stage for inclusive workplaces.

Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021   |   Time: 12pm – 3pm CST

Register Today!


The NeuroLeadership Institute Presents: Your Brain at Work LIVE – Power and Expectations: The Neuroscience of Group Dynamics

This webinar will:

  • Explore the science of group dynamics
  • Examine the differences between status and power
  • Analyze how leadership, group composition, expectations, and participation inequities can impact decision-making and work outcomes

Date: Friday, November 5, 2021   |   Time: 11am – 12pm CST

Register Here

Additional Learning Resources


HBR IdeaCast  | Find Focus in a Chaotic World

Listen in less than 30 minutes!

If you’re feeling distracted, mentally fogged, and unable to pay attention to the task at hand, you’re not alone. The human brain is highly susceptible to often unproductive mind-wandering, and modern technology has only made the problem worse. But we all know that the best work comes when you’re able to really zero in on an idea or problem for a sustained period of time. So we need better strategies for blocking out the external and internal noise. Dr. Amishi Jha, a neuroscientist and professor of psychology at the University of Miami and the author of “Peak Mind,” offers recommendations based on studies of people in some of the most high-pressure jobs in the world.



How to Navigate Politically Charged Work Conversations Through Brain Science

(Anouare Abdou, Hive)

Forming, Storming, and Norming: Making Online Teams Work

(Russell Thacker, PhD, HigherEdJobs)

How to be Vulnerable at Work Without Spilling Everything, from Brene Brown

(Adam Grant and Brene Brown, IDEAS.TED.COM)



Achieve Your Learning Goals– Tap Into Skillsoft Books and Videos!

Skillsoft Books and Videos offers you access to a library of more than 40,000 audiobooks, videos, live events, and related content. You can locate this wealthy resource under Learning Item Number OLC930045 in Oracle, or simply visit Oracle Learning to enroll.

NOTE: You must use Mozilla Firefox to access the library. 

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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning and Engagement Team


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