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.

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

(2-hour sessions)

COMING SOON! “Working Together to Increase and Spread Empathy” 

Stay tuned for details and a link to register for this instructor-led session.

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