Frequently Asked Questions - WHY IS THE CAMPUS DOING THIS?

WHY IS THE CAMPUS DOING THIS?

Why is this training required for all managers and supervisors at UC Berkeley?

This training is required because it includes content that is critical for your success as an employee and ensures that we all have the skills necessary to create a thriving, safe and inclusive workplace at UC Berkeley. If we fail to complete these basic courses, we can expose our community to potential harm and expose both the University and ourselves to legal liability and reputational damage.

Why does UC Berkeley feel that completion of the Berkeley People Management Part 1: Grow Today series is needed? Is there evidence of poor management skills at UC Berkeley?

UC Berkeley leadership supports professional development is important for everyone and believes that implementing this requirement will benefit the entire workforce, and it is not viewed as a punitive measure because of widespread poor management skills. We understand the power of having a growth mindset; continuous growth and development are critical to maintaining our staff's excellence and supporting the campus's mission. People management policies, practices, and collective bargaining agreements are complex, and everyone can benefit from dedicating some time to refreshing and practicing their leadership skills. In addition, promoting equity, inclusion, and belonging across the entire campus benefits everyone. Creating a common language and ensuring a common understanding of baseline knowledge benefits the entire institution. Due to the changing nature of the workforce and the evolution of employment policies, content refreshers are prudent for even the most seasoned professional. The required training helps to ensure we are all working in a safe, respectful, inclusive, and welcoming environment, goals to which we all aspire.

Why is the Berkeley People Management Part 1: Grow Today series being required for individuals new to people management as well as for individuals that have extensive experience and, possibly, academic degrees in management?

BPM Part 1: Grow Today was designed with both new managers and experienced managers in mind. Even our most experienced and highly trained managers can benefit from refreshing and updating their management skills.  More than ever, continuous growth and development are critical to maintaining our staff's excellence and supporting the campus's mission.  People management policies, practices, and collective bargaining agreements are complex, and everyone can benefit from dedicating some time to refreshing and practicing their leadership skills. In addition, promoting equity, inclusion, and belonging across the entire campus benefits everyone. Creating a common language and ensuring a common understanding of baseline knowledge benefits the entire institution. Due to the changing nature of the workforce and the evolution of employment policies, content refreshers are prudent for even the most seasoned professional.