Sept. 2: Employee training starts on leadership, helpful topics

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new program of employee training on topics of interest will join time-tested sessions for research administrators, directors, supervisors and other leaders this fall at Washington State University.

Each Human Resource Services (HRS) program features multiple training sessions presented by WSU experts and colleagues.

The new SkillBurst! includes live and online courses, simulations and books related by content to promote development in employee areas of interest. Topical sets include administrative support, interpersonal communication, interviewing skills, professional behavior and working with difficult people. New sets are added each month.  Learn more at

Returning programs are:

Department Chairs and Directors Training Workshops; first session Sept. 2:  HRS collaborates with the Office of the Provost to deliver this series of 11 workshops to answer questions and provide resources for academic chairs and directors. Topics include working effectively with faculty, staff and student issues, budgetary practices, communication and leadership. Learn more and register at

Training for Supervisors and Managers; first session Sept. 8: Available to managers, supervisors and leads, these online courses, live seminars, interactive practicums and roundtable discussions thoroughly explore supervision and management. The blended learning approach allows participants to practice the skills in hypothetical case studies drawn from the workplace. Topics include recruitment processes, performance management, communication, leave policies and corrective action. Learn more and register at

Research Administration Series; first session Sept. 11: A collaborative effort between HRS, Sponsored Program Services, the Office of Grant and Research Development and the Office of Internal Audit, this is for employees involved with the administration of sponsored programs, processes and requirements. It features 13 interactive presentations addressing such topics as award administration, contracts and subcontracts, effort certification and cost sharing, proposal submission and research compliance. Learn more and register at

Essential Skills for the Developing Leader; first session Sept. 24: This series introduces critical skills and concepts to those aspiring to leadership positions at WSU. Live seminars and online courses cover such topics as transitioning into management, communication, team building, coaching, delegation and performance management. Learn more and register at