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Learning & Development Update: WebANR Café Thursdays start May 17

WebANR Café Thursdays: Starts May 17, 2018

You'll need to bring your own beverage and food, but please join us for our first WebANR Café Thursday on May 17 at noon: “Planning Makes Perfect: Best Practices for Engaging Webinars”

During this webinar, Brook Gamble, community educator with the California Naturalist Program, and Steven Worker, 4-H advisor will help you

  • Improve your understanding of the critical steps for preparation, implementation and post webinar follow-up.
  • Introduce ZOOM capabilities.
  • Introduce tricks of the trade to keeping webinar participants engaged and not checking their email.

Please join us with the following Zoom information:

(646) 558-8656 or + (669) 900-6833

Webinar ID: 963 167 636

These sessions will be recorded and linked to the WebANR page in case you would like to access them at a later date.

New Employee Administrative Orientation Registration is Open!

You can register now for yourself or for a new employee who will be onboarding soon.

Who Should Attend: All UC ANR Employees (academics, staff and affiliated staff on campuses, counties and RECs) who have not participated in an administrative orientation. Priority will be given to those hired by ANR within the past year.

For more information, visit  

Performance Appraisals: Empower yourself with career planning tools

Performance appraisal season can be stressful for many of us and receiving performance feedback can trigger negative feelings. Understanding that these feelings are normal, and preparing yourself in advance, whether you're a supervisor or an individual contributor, can help reduce the stress and make it a positive experience.

You have many tools available to guide you through the appraisal process, starting with the ANR Learning & Development Career Planning Tools page.

Use the Self-assessment Worksheet  to help you identify your strengths, skill gap areas, career goals, interests and values.  You can share it with your supervisor or use your responses to help draft your Individual development plan (IDP).  You can also find help from UC Davis with writing your Summary of Accomplishments.

If you struggle with feedback, here are some additional resources to empower you:


Option B: Building Resilience

We have all experienced loss and grief. Even our ANR Report includes In Memoriam pieces to recognize the passing of our ANR colleagues and retirees. Psychologists state that when we experience a primary loss, we often experience secondary losses, including self-confidence at work. Maybe you, the reader, can identify with this. In this 2+ minute video The Importance of Resilience, Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg explores this subject with Wharton psychologist Adam Grant. They share:

  • How to talk to friends and colleagues who are hurting, when you're not sure what to do
  • How to fight the idea that your hurting is permanent
  • How to give yourself permission to experience happiness again

New implicit bias modules: UC People Management Certificate Series

Elevate your people-management skills by completing the UC Systemwide People Management Series and Certificate. This course is for all ANR people managers consisting of core and elective courses, which include local and systemwide programs and eCourses. Earning this certificate aligns you with ANR's Strategic Plan Goal for people managers!

The following topics are included in the People Management Series and Certificate: Performance Management, Managing Implicit Bias, Managing People, Administration & Operations, Change Management and Communications.

New for 2018 is the addition of the UC Managing Implicit Bias Series, which is made up of six self-paced, online interactive courses, ranging between 15 and 20 minutes each in length. The series is designed to increase awareness of implicit bias, reduce its impact at the university, and further reinforce the university's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

  1. What is Implicit Bias?
  2. The Impact of Implicit Bias
  3. Managing the Influence of Implicit Bias: Awareness
  4. Common Forms of Bias
  5. Managing the Impact of Implicit Bias: Mindfulness and Conscious De-biasing
  6. Managing Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process

These courses can be completed individually or together as a series to earn the UC Managing Implicit Bias Certificate. As a UC People Manager, being aware of implicit bias and how it impacts the way we work and interact with others is especially important. Therefore, this series is now a part of the 2018 UC People Management Series and Certificate core requirements.

If you are a formally designated supervisor/manager, completing the 2018 UC People Management Series and Certificate will make you eligible to attend the UC People Management Conference held later this year.



Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 2:20 PM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

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