Organizations can more effectively help employees retire by offering programs to help them find the meaning and purpose they need after they leave their jobs, writes Lindsay Witcher, a senior director for outplacement provider RiseSmart. In this commentary, she offers four strategies HR professionals can use to ease the retirement process.
A measure under consideration by Kansas lawmakers would empower the state's board of education to review and evaluate school district safety plans and coordinate a safe schools advisory council, among other duties. Board members say that taking a leading role to set state standards will increase communication and cooperation among districts.
College and university leaders must create a collaborative atmosphere that encourages department chairpersons and deans to take the next step in leadership, says Sona Andrews, who recently retired as provost of Portland State University. In a speech this week, Andrews stressed the importance of professional development and other strategies to build a leadership "dream team."
School leaders can create a culture of collaboration by allowing stakeholders such as teachers and the community to take a role in some parts of decision-making, write K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers. To foster a collaborative atmosphere, leaders must be willing to listen without judgment and provide clear communication to all parties, they note in this blog post.
One Missouri school district is planning a "speed dating" event to recruit new teachers. The format will eliminate the one-sided interview, according to a district spokeswoman, and will allow both parties to "actively choose each other."
Indiana lawmakers have scrapped a bill that would have allowed school districts to fill up to 10% of teaching slots with unlicensed educators. The measure had targeted areas such as science, technology, engineering and math as well as special education, subjects for which some schools struggle to find teachers.
Executive search committees at colleges and universities can identify leaders with fundraising skills by seeking candidates who can build relationships and recruit donors, writes Suzanne Teer, an executive search consultant with Witt/Kieffer. Good fundraisers also have a clear vision for the institution and are open to learning skills, she notes.
Rather than trying to force your influence, focus on doing good work while supporting and being appreciative of other people, writes John Stoker. "By drawing attention to others, it will build loyalty among your associates and ardent supporters for your expertise and leadership," he writes.
New academic administrators should listen to stakeholders and learn about their department before laying out a new vision, writes Texas Tech University dean David Perlmutter. These leaders also should make small, uncontroversial changes up front before tackling larger, more potentially troublesome ones, he advises in this commentary.
Organizations are employing artificial-intelligence technology to simplify some HR functions such as vacation requests and team training resources, some HR experts say. Researchers say AI technology also can be key to streamlining recruiting, improving diversity and providing data on workers who may be planning to quit.