Supervisor’s Essentials

Supervisor’s Essentials is a new free program open to all university supervisors with the goal of providing the skills and tools necessary to be successful in their responsibilities here at UMD.

There are a total of Six Sections, each offered monthly, providing the opportunity for supervisors to attend throughout the year. 

Register at

Section One – Role of a Supervisor covers the following:

  • 90-Day Success Plan
  • Planning, goal setting and follow-up
  • How to ask effective questions
  • Defining and meeting customer/stakeholder expectations
  • Creating a culture of continuous growth and improvement

Section Two – Getting Things Done covers the following:

  • Effective Delegation
  • Communication fundamentals
  • Results-oriented meetings (team, individual and stand up)

Section Three – UMD’s Performance, Review, & Development (PRD) Process for Non-Supervising and Supervising Staff covers the following:

  • All university staff are required to attend the PRD workshop. The session focuses on UMD’s performance and development process including the tools used and tips and resources for engaging in the process. Participants will also review the PRD cycle which includes expectation setting, midway feedback and final review meetings, as well as the self-assessment tool.

Section Four – Staff Relations Essentials covers the following:

  • 11am – Noon -Writing a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) for your Supervisees
  • 1-2pm – Understanding Family Medical Leave (FMLA) – the request, approval, and administrative process.
  • 2-2:45pm – Managing Tardiness & Absenteeism
  • 3-4:30pm – The Discipline Process, Including Suspensions

Section Five – Encouraging an Inclusive Culture covers the following:

This workshop, facilitated by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, focuses on some of the common crucial conversations that need to happen in work environments striving for inclusion and diversity. Topics include

  • how to interrupt harmful ways of relating with one another,
  • how to have conversations when you have immediate diversity concerns, as well as those conversations that can proactively set a tone and culture of inclusion.
  • discussions of, and tips on, how to: think about and talk about “cultural” differences in communication, supervision, and work style, as well as how to determine when and how to begin discussions of diversity issues at work.

Section Six – An Overview of Workplace Safety covers the following:

  • General Workplace Safety with the department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability, & Risk
  • Workplace Violence & Risk Assessment, including Responding to an Active Shooter with UMD’s Public Safety
  • UMD’s Emergency Management with the department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability, & Risk


Last updated: February 26, 2016