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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

December 20, 2021

The Editor’s Note


It’s hard to believe we’ve reached our final edition of Rooted in Learning (RIL) as a stand-alone, weekly newsletter. Providing our subscribers with relevant work-related content as well as serving as a vehicle for professional development and learning opportunities has been such a joy. Over the past year one of my fondest memories would have to be when I misquoted Nicole Kidman for the weekly quote. Many of you laughed at me and with me, and I enjoyed every minute of it. From that experience I knew I was part of a community of colleagues who relish in learning and growing together. If you missed that edition, or if you’d like to dig through our RIL archives, click here.

I want to remind you that this journey continues. If you haven’t already subscribed to our HR|Anchored newsletter, please use the link in the section below to do so. RIL will continue to offer relevant work-related content and professional development through our collaborative HR newsletter.

In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful and restful break and New Year.


Weekly Work Gem

“Owning your special quirky blend of genius, brilliance, and brokenness is the first step to leading with purpose.” – Dr. Nicholas Pearce

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Employee Appreciation 

Turkey Toss 2021 Update

Last Friday we hosted our annual Turkey Toss appreciation event, and what a great turn out despite the rain and cool weather. Almost 1,800 of you took part in this year’s event, whether by pedestrian or drive-through experience, or through volunteering. Here’s a breakdown:

We gave away:

  • 650 Cutting boards
  • 1,112 Turkeys
  • 28 Tofurkys
  • 388 Turkeys
  • 74 Tofurkys

Approximately, 1,790 employees received a gift from Turkey Toss.

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 3: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 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.

NOTE: The Office of General Counsel will also be present to assist with questions.

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…?

If you’ve ever, or never, thought about how to make meetings more psychologically safe for introverts, consider these 5 tips from psychological safety expert, Timothy Clark:

  1. Distribute meeting agendas, topics, and materials in advance. 
  2. Create air space for introverts to ask and answer questions. 
  3. Don’t force a public response.
  4. Avoid impromptu meetings and improv sessions as a pattern.
  5. Hold shorter meetings.

Get more information on psychological safety here.

Virtual & Community Events 

TalentSmart EQ (via LinkedIn) Presents: Why Good Employees Leave

Have you ever wondered what was missing from the culture of your organization that is making people leave? Perhaps you have seen a lack of emotional intelligence in the way people treat each other or in the overall culture. We are all responsible, to some extent, for how emotions are dealt with at work. Join us as we explore ways to create a more emotionally intelligent work culture.

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022   |   Time: 12pm – 12:45pm CST

Join Here!

Additional Learning Resources


HBR IdeaCast  |  Gaslighting at Work – and What to Do About It

Listen in less than 30 minutes!

Tune in to HBR’s IdeaCast for a discussion with Mita Mallick on rooting out manipulative behavior in the workplace and why this is important for diversity and inclusion.



Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: Why It Matters and How to Build It

(Crystal Hunter, BIG THINK)

Neurodivergent People Make Great Leaders, Not Just Employees

(Ludmila N. Praslova, FastCompany)

The Holiday Season Can Come with Grief, Burnout, and More. Here Are Ways to Cope.

(Soo Youn, The Lily via APA)



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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