Welcome to the annual Human Resources Newsletter!
We are so excited to launch our inaugural edition of The Resource, your place to connect with Armstrong happenings, from viewing additions to Armstrong’s community to learning more about health and wellness.
Published quarterly, The Resource was designed to engage the Armstrong community in celebrating, communicating, and learning. Here, readers will be able to celebrate internal promotions and new hires; learn about new benefits as applicable and stay abreast of health and wellness programs; gain assistance during open enrollment, annual reviews, and life events; and learn of professional development and training opportunities.
So, welcome to The Resource, your source for personal and professional wellness.
The "News" (New Faces and New Promotions)
- Torrence Worthy, ITS
- Celena Thornton, Financial Aid
- Iris Smith, Registrar
- Laura Pallini-Bolton, Liberal Arts
Be Healthy, Be Happy
“A Breath of Fresh Air”
Originally introduced by the SGA in 2010, and quickly gaining support by the Faculty Senate, Armstrong’s journey to become a tobacco-free campus quickly gained steam.
Becoming the 16th university in GA to become tobacco free, Armstrong implemented the policy on August 1, 2012. Today, over 1, 000 colleges and institutions in the U.S. have implemented a tobacco or smoke-free policy; and, on October 1, 2014, the University System of Georgia implemented a state-wide, tobacco-free campus policy.
Whether a recent New Year’s resolution, or a long-time goal, if you are thinking of quitting and are having difficulty, Armstrong is now here to help! Armstrong is now offering Tobacco Cessation classes. Tobacco Cessation classes provide successful tools to help individuals quit smoking and/or using tobacco products.
Classes are free for Armstrong staff, faculty, and students, and can either be done in a group session or as a one-on-one meeting with a cessation counselor.
If 2015 is your year to quit, please contact Megan Feasel, Director of the Student Rec Center, at 912-344-3089 or at Megan.Feasel@Armstrong.edu.
Found on the HR website, the Professional Development Calendar will act as a one-stop shop for Armstrong Professional Development training. From diversity to management skills training, all opportunities will be housed on the calendar for easy review. The calendar will allow users to read a synopsis of the training, as well as to register for training sessions.
Currently on the calendar
- PeopleAdmin end user training
- Diversity Brown Bag: “Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts!”
- Search Chair Charges
Based on the feedback received from the training survey sent out last semester, the Human Resources office will be developing various Professional Development Series Learnings. Series Learnings can be completed in succession for certification, or on a singular class basis to sharpen skills and gain insight in specified areas. For more information on the Professional Development Series Learnings, please visit the HR website and click “Professional Development.
"There is power in team work."
Have you ever been a part of a team and wondered “What am I doing here? This is a waste of time!” The experience of working within a group can be one filled with stress and anxiety. However, a negative group experience can be quickly turned into an effective and powerful dynamic when the key elements of communication, diversity, collaboration, and conflict resolution are developed among the team.
In the New Year, challenge yourself to think, lead, and act differently within your team. Powerful outcomes can be realized by maximizing the potential of your specific group dynamic.
Groups with low levels of communication have less trust and cooperation. Lower levels of trust and cooperation lead to increased conflicts and lower resolutions of those conflicts (Levi 2001.) A group is most effective when members communicate with one another simply, openly, and respectfully.
What to do:
- Be ready and open to discuss issues, concerns, observations, and ideas with your team. Ensure that all group members have an opportunity to state their views.
- Deliver your message with examples, history, and context in order for your team to best understand your position. Simplify information and present it in logical order.
- Understand that constructive criticism is essential to finding the most effective outcomes, and take criticism or opposition to your suggestions as a means of strengthening the end result rather than an attack on your position.
- Check the body language of both yourself and your team members. If you see that there may be concerns or confusion (frowning, shifting, lack of eye contact), share that you are having a difficult time gauging the team’s reaction, and ask openly for others to share their concerns, as well as sharing your own.
- Offer or request more options without dispelling the validity of those already offered.
Have something you would like to be included in The Resource? Email us at Human.Resources@Armstrong.edu and be sure to include “The Resource” in the subject line.