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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

November 8, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Happy Monday afternoon! As you may know, last week we celebrated employees with an in-person Fall Staff Assembly. Chancellor Diermeier praised staff for selflessly, boldly and innovatively approaching their work during these challenging times. Due to technical issues, many of us who attempted to join the event virtually were unable to do so. However, there is still an opportunity to catch up on what was missed. Check out the full recording at your leisure and learn more about the event and award recipients here.

Be sure to take a look at upcoming events and resources.


Weekly Work Gem

“When there is no consequence for poor work ethic, and no reward for good work ethic, there is no motivation.” – JD Roberts

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

Registration Closed



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

Register Here



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

Register Here



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

Register Here



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

Register Here

****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:

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

Did You Know…?

While burnout can be attributed to a number of factors, six main causes are: workload, perceived lack of control, lack of reward or recognition, poor relationships, lack of fairness, and values mismatch. Learn more on the six causes of burnout from Berkeley’s Greater Good Magazine.

Virtual & Community Events 

CliftonStrengths (via LinkedIn) Presents: How to Improve Teamwork in the Hybrid Workplace

How can you foster trust in the hybrid workplace? What are some practical tips and best practices to make sure everyone’s voices are heard as we get used to this new normal? Join Jim Collison and Danny Lee as they discuss this topic.

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021   |   Time: 12:30pm – 1pm CST

Join Here!

Additional Learning Resources


TED  | 3 Rules for Better Work-Life Balance

Listen in less than 5 minutes!

Have you answered a work email during an important family event? Or taken a call from your boss while on vacation? According to behavioral scientist and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans, “always-on” work culture is not only ruining our personal well-being — but our work, as well. She shares which bad habits are stopping us from getting what we need out of our free time and three practical steps for setting boundaries that stick.



If You Constantly Build Up Situations in Your Head, Here’s How to Stop Catastrophizing

(Thrive Global)

7 Tips for Managing Younger Workers

(Brian O’Connell, Society for Human Resource Management – SHRM)

Zoom Fatigue Is Real. But There Are Upsides to Platforms, Too.

(Ted Bauer, The NeuroLeadership Institute)



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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