Action Items & Announcements / February 2019
Complete Your Conflict of Interest Disclosure
The Conflict of Interest annual disclosure process for faculty and staff launched February 1 in eDisclosure.
We participate in this process annually to understand what outside activities faculty and staff are engaged in that may relate to their Northwestern roles and responsibilities, and to demonstrate that business decisions are made with the highest ethical standards.
Disclosures must be submitted by March 1.
Learn about procedures for completing your disclosure.
Recognition and Support
NU CARES: A Fund for Faculty and Staff in Crisis
In times of crisis, the Northwestern community offers support to those who find themselves in need due to an unforeseen hardship. Northwestern staff and faculty collaborated in 2010 to create NU Cares, a fund built from employee contributions to help those experiencing financial difficulty due to a catastrophic event.
Since 2010, the Northwestern community has donated over $80,000 to help 108 colleagues in need. The stories are typically tragic and the circumstances dire, but the support offered by the Northwestern community has always been greatly appreciated and never forgotten.
Please visit the NU Cares website for more information and consider making a gift.
Call for Nominations: Employee of the Year Award
Each year, we take time to recognize the outstanding contributions of staff members by inviting the Northwestern community to nominate individuals who are advancing the University's mission through their exemplary work.
Nominations for Employee of the Year may be submitted through Friday, March 1. Access the online form to start the nomination process. The University-wide selection committee will select seven finalists, and the winner will be named at the Annual Staff Service Recognition Luncheon, which will be held this spring.
You are welcome to contact Maudell Gaines, Program Manager of Employee Recognition Programs, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-491-7509 for more information. Learn more about employee recognition.
To Hire, or Not To Hire, That is the Question...The Cost of a Bad Hire
Hiring can be one of the most important decisions a manager makes. However, most managers will make a bad hiring decision at some point in their careers. So what is the cost of making a bad hiring decision? It is not just monetary.
Learn more about the true cost of a bad hire and some techniques you can use to make better hiring decisions.
Clarify Goals, Provide and Ask for Feedback
Performance Excellence is a year-round experience, which is most successful when both staff and supervisors engage in conversations throughout the year. Check-ins are recommended at least quarterly.
At your next 1:1 meeting:
- Confirm goals and priorities
- Share one piece of performance feedback
Learn more about Performance Conversations
Resources to support check-in conversations: