Learning and Resources

The Future of Work at Brown will bring with it tremendous change in where and how Brown staff work. This Learning and Resources page has been built to help staff to successfully prepare for, plan and manage the changing work landscape. Topics will shift biweekly but will remain available through our archived pages. This page will be refreshed regularly with suggested eLearning modules, curated articles, featured TED talks and other relevant videos and podcasts. Whether you have 10 minutes, 45 minutes or more, there are self-directed learning or instructor-led sessions for everyone.

Our current topic is Effective Hybrid Meetings.

New Instructor-led Sessions have been added. Register today!

Quick Hits

(Each resource below takes 10 minutes or less.)

Tell Me More

(Each resource below takes 45 minutes or less.)

Deeper Dive

Each resource below takes 50 minutes or more.)

In Their Own Words 

Storytelling is used by many cultures to pass on ideas, share histories, and, sometimes, teach life lessons. Regardless of how it’s used, storytelling helps us better understand the human condition through shared experience, showing that despite our differences, we are not so very different after all. (Stories from the Stage is produced by WORLD Channel). 

  • This week’s story comes from Season 3, Episode 12, “On the Spot” (skip to 9:31) 
    Conversations that have the potential to change lives. “Anthony Azanon debates whether he should grant a stranger a simple favor.”
    https://worldchannel.org/episode/sfts-on-the-spot/ 

Instructor-led Sessions

Please note: Be sure to review UHR-Talent Development's Professional Development Policy before registering for our sessions.

Working Together to Increase and Spread Empathy
Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In Working Together to Increase and Spread Empathy, Talent Development will lead participants through a discussion on the importance of empathy, sharing pragmatic tips for developing the skill of empathy that can be effectively used in the workplace. Through interactive and casual group activities, participants will learn the key concepts related to empathy and will leave knowing how to further develop their own capacity to show empathy to others, both at work and at home. This course was built on the underlying premise that working together to increase our own empathy and spread empathy throughout the university is an important goal, and critical to the future of work at Brown.

Redefining the Way We Work: Management Edition! | Community Chat
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The nature of work is evolving, and the terms “work space” and “office” are being dramatically redefined. Advancements in technology have given organizations like Brown the ability to collaborate with both onsite and offsite teams with greater efficiency and increased productivity. This ability to pivot quickly has allowed our community to maintain operations while providing for a healthy work/life balance for employees. This instructor-led Community Chat geared toward managers will walk participants through best practices for communicating with and managing hybrid teams, establishing team norms and accountability and leading with empathy. Join Talent Development and special guests for this one-hour dive into the future of work.
 
Managing Hybrid Teams | Learning Break
Friday, October 22, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Take 30 minutes to hop on a Learning Break with other managers as we watch a short eLearning video and discuss effective ways to manage, coach and inspire hybrid or remote teams.    

Working Together to Increase and Spread Empathy
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In Working Together to Increase and Spread Empathy, Talent Development will lead participants through a discussion on the importance of empathy, sharing pragmatic tips for developing the skill of empathy that can be effectively used in the workplace. Through interactive and casual group activities, participants will learn the key concepts related to empathy and will leave knowing how to further develop their own capacity to show empathy to others, both at work and at home. This course was built on the underlying premise that working together to increase our own empathy and spread empathy throughout the university is an important goal, and critical to the future of work at Brown.

Redefining the Way We Work: Management Edition! | Community Chat
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The nature of work is evolving, and the terms “work space” and “office” are being dramatically redefined. Advancements in technology have given organizations like Brown the ability to collaborate with both onsite and offsite teams with greater efficiency and increased productivity. This ability to pivot quickly has allowed our community to maintain operations while providing for a healthy work/life balance for employees. This instructor-led Community Chat geared toward managers will walk participants through best practices for communicating with and managing hybrid teams, establishing team norms and accountability and leading with empathy. Join Talent Development and special guests for this one-hour dive into the future of work.

Help Your Staff Tackle Burnout Through Resilience | Community Chat    
Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Psychologists, doctors and mental health professionals have noted an exponential increase in depression, anxiety, stress and post-traumatic stress disorder throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to a secondary problem, increased burnout among many employees. Join Talent Development, wellness experts and other senior leaders and managers to learn to recognize the signs of burnout in your staff and how you can support them.

Tools for Working on Hybrid Projects | Community Chat    
Wednesday, November 03, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

It IS possible to successfully work together with colleagues on both large and small projects even though we are somewhat dispersed physically. Join guest speakers from Talent Development and other experts for a Community Chat on collaborating across teams, within or outside of your own team, when our colleagues are split between working from home and on campus. Learn strategies for virtual project management, brainstorming and collaboration, beyond Google docs!

Tools for Working on Hybrid Projects | Community Chat    
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

It IS possible to successfully work together with colleagues on both large and small projects even though we are somewhat dispersed physically. Join guest speakers from Talent Development and other experts for a Community Chat on collaborating across teams, within or outside of your own team, when our colleagues are split between working from home and on campus. Learn strategies for virtual project management, brainstorming and collaboration, beyond Google docs!

Successfully Managing Conflict 
Friday, November 19, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Conflict is a natural part of working on a team that has people with different personalities, goals, and working styles. Our colleagues all have different work and home life pressures along with other priorities that pull on them while we all work toward common departmental goals. This can cause friction and interpersonal conflict, much if which may feel daunting to handle whether working onsite or remotely. Join University Ombudsperson Julie Weber for tips and tricks on recognizing the signs of conflict and handling them effectively and constructively in a hybrid environment.

Successfully Managing Conflict 
Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Conflict is a natural part of working on a team that has people with different personalities, goals, and working styles. Our colleagues all have different work and home life pressures along with other priorities that pull on them while we all work toward common departmental goals. This can cause friction and interpersonal conflict, much if which may feel daunting to handle whether working onsite or remotely. Join University Ombudsperson Julie Weber for tips and tricks on recognizing the signs of conflict and handling them effectively and constructively in a hybrid environment.

Additional Training Resources

A Manager's Guide to Reviewing Alternative Work Assignments (AWA) Requests:  Provides managers with high-level information about key AWA policy-related information, a suggested five-step process for focusing on the Future of Work and a step-by-step approach to planning a discussion surrounding an AWA denial. The module includes a downloadable worksheet for completing an equitable AWA review and concludes with key resource links.  

A Staff Guide to Writing An Effective Alternative Work Assignments (AWA) Request:  Provides staff with high-level information about key AWA policy-related information to inform an AWA request along with suggestions for writing an effective AWA request and three sample requests.  The module includes a downloadable worksheet for writing an effective AWA request and concludes with key resource links.

Visit the Wellness Programs website for instructor-led sessions covering a wide range of topics such as health, wellbeing and wellness. Topics related to the Future of Work and the transition to campus will be covered beginning in August.

Take advantage of Brown's Faculty & Staff Assistance Program for assistance with work/life balance, emotional wellbeing, caregiver support, and more.

Learn about other wellness and family support benefits on the Benefits Website.

previous topics

Empathy and Resilience

Quick Hits

Tell Me More

Deeper Dive

In Their Own Words

Season 2, Episode 10, “Sugar & Spice”: Gastor Almonte goes above and beyond to satisfy his wife’s sweet cravings. (Note: This particular story begins at minute 2:37.)

Change and Transition

Quick Hits

Tell Me More

  • Engage: Preparing Yourself for Change

    TD Tip! We chose this course because it does a great job of quickly addressing the psychology of change and reframing our experience from surviving to thriving in change.

  • Listen: “Embedding Change” The Change Management Podcast, Jul 24, 2020
  • Read: “The Power to Change” David Michels and Kevin Murphy for Bain & Co.

Deeper Dive

In Their Own Words