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HR Training and Resources Available during COVID-19

April 2, 2020

As we navigate this adjustment to increased remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to offer these resources for our campus community during this time of change.

Online Training and Professional Development

During this time, consider engaging in online work-related learning and professional development for yourself or your team. 

    • ISU HR Online Training Resources: New online training content is currently being added to our Talent Management System (TMS). We encourage you to review the following course lists to identify the learning opportunities you would like to pursue. All of these courses are available at no cost to benefit-eligible faculty and staff directly through your TMS login (in BengalWeb). For course listings, and directions on how to access this online learning, visit https://www.isu.edu/hr/employee-tools/training/. For questions about online learning resources, please email training@isu.edu, or call (208) 282-2519.
      • The content below is provided by our 3rd party vendor, Skillsoft. In total, more than 1000 self-paced training modules will be available and accessible to all benefit-eligible faculty and staff over the next two weeks. 
      • Additionally, our TMS provider, Cornerstone, has developed online training modules intended to support employees during the current pandemic. These courses are related to COVID-19 and pandemic support, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and includes some online yoga resources. 
      • In addition to these online offerings, the HR team will be exploring options to transition current programs such as New Bengal Experience, Intro to StrengthsFinder Workshops, and the Leadership Development program to online delivery. 
    • Online Learning and Professional Development for Faculty:  The ISU Program for Instructional Effectiveness (PIE) has compiled a list of non-discipline specific, highly readable, higher-education-specific resources to support faculty in their transition to remote and online learning. This list can also be accessed on the ISU PIE website.


  • Other learning opportunities to consider:


    • Consider seeking training and development available through your professional organizations, our campus partners, or discipline-specific learning available through colleagues and peers.
    • Consider training offered by your vendors, software partners, etc. If you have a specific type of software, hardware, or vendor service, this is a great time to seek out and engage in any of their available online learning.
    • At the direction of the State Division of Human Resources (DHR), the ISU HR team is currently developing a Respectful Workplace training program that will be launched virtually this summer. Additionally, please take advantage of this time to complete the State’s required Cybersecurity Training Module, if this has not already been accomplished per prior training communications.

Guidance to Support Remote Workers

We have prepared some resources and guidance for managers and supervisors to consider during this transition to remote work. To review this information and resources, please visit: https://isu.edu/hr/remote/


Ombuds Program:

All ISU Ombuds are available to meet virtually during this critical time. Please email your selected Ombuds directly to schedule a meeting. The meeting itself will be held via phone, Zoom or Google Hangouts. Please do NOT share confidential information in any email correspondence with the Ombuds. For a list of ISU Ombuds and their contact information visit: https://www.isu.edu/ombud/contact-list/

Other Resources: 

For employees experiencing heightened anxiety, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to help. The EAP may be reached at 877-427-2327 or via the EAP Website: https://ogi.idaho.gov/counseling/

For specific information regarding ISU’s remote work procedures and FAQs during the COVID-19 situation, please visit https://www.isu.edu/coronavirus/employees/.

For more information about the evolving COVID-19 situation, please visit https://www.isu.edu/coronavirus/


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