Resources for Managers and Supervisors in one central location
Welcome to the one-stop shop for promoting leadership and personnel management at the UW-Madison. Campus Supervisors Network is a Community of Practice, formed out of the desire for more communication and discussion between managers in the various divisions and units of our vast organization.
By communicating with your peers, everyone has the chance to learn and improve their methods of personnel management and leadership through information sharing.
Our core planning committee strives to support managers and supervisors in a welcome and safe environment, where ideas can be shared and connections can be made with other people at the university. Our goal is to create a better network for you to learn how to be more effective in your position of leadership, and help you excel by removing barriers.
Campus Links to Resources
The CSN website hosts a collection of important links to campus services: Training from the Office of Talent Management and other resources to help you manage staff effectively and be more efficient in your work, books and websites with guidance and tips on being an effective leader, and much more. The contacts page gives you direct access to our committee members to discuss future CSN events, direct you to services and resources, and make new connections.
CSN group meetings are meant to help you be better in your role on campus as a leader
Our CSN events are geared toward supervisors interested in collaborating with others and sharing information from their work areas, so others might be able to learn from positive experiences and avoid future issues. The planning committee strives to facilitate sessions of value, with subject matter being driven by feedback from past participants and trends on campus. Your voice is crucial to our success; please let us know what you are looking for more information or help with, so we can plan and deliver viable, enriching events that are pertinent to you. Past events have focused on Employee Assistance, Difficult Conversations, Supervisory Management training classes, Lynda.com, and more.
Recent Blog Posts
Effective remote working teams don’t just require the right technology—they require the right leadership. Prepared or not, you find yourself the manager of a fully remote team. It’s likely you have never worked 100%-remote, let alone managed a team in this setting. Add to that the overall unrest in the world and this task can seem overwhelming and daunting.March 31, 2020
During these uncertain times, many of you who are now faced with supervising remotely. This session will offer a quick introduction to supervising remotely and an opportunity to connect with other managers to discuss challenges, …March 31, 2020
Free access to E-Book of ELEVATE by Robert Glazer Robert Glazer has made his amazing book ELEVATE free for E-Book download through April 7, 2020. This is the book that CSN is featuring this summer …March 26, 2020
TTC Project Adjusts Timeline in Response to COVID-19 Under the challenging circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project is working on a minimum three-month extension to the project timeline. …March 25, 2020
Following the lead of campus administration, CSN has temporarily suspended all planning of future events until further notice. We apologize for this interruption in our networking and training, and look forward to getting back into …March 16, 2020
Each year the Student Employment team opens nominations for Student Employee of the Year. With nearly 9,000 students working in thousands of roles across campus, this represents a prestigious honor to ultimately appreciate the invaluable work completed by students each day. The impact of each of these students is tremendously important and felt by the entire campus community. In addition to acknowledging these contributions on our campus, our top nominee is also passed along for consideration to be both the Regional Student Employee of the Year as well as National Student Employee of the Year, which are programs administered by the Midwest Student Employment Association in conjunction with the National Student Employment Association.March 10, 2020
Registration is open through Friday, Feb. 28 for the UW–Madison Employee Career Conference, “Construct Your Career at UW.” The conference takes place Weds., March 11, 8:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. at Union South. Participants will find tools, …February 19, 2020
Networking events, whether you are a salesperson or a peer at an organization like UW-Madison, can be daunting and awkward. Having a goal of what you want to get out of the meeting is important — go in with a plan to meet a certain number of people, build upon an existing relationship, or pitch a product or service your department offers.February 19, 2020
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Support supervisors and managers in a welcome and safe environment to promote leadership and effective personnel management.
[regarding the book barn/library] "I saw the article about the CSN in today’s MANAGE newsletter and went to the website. The library is a great idea!" ~Mary
[regarding our recognition course] "Thank you so much for your session on appreciation and recognition. It was both a balm of goodness and a spark for innovation!" ~Anna
[regarding our recognition course] "Thanks for a great session. We are adding work anniversaries to our shared calendar, something we’ve never celebrated before. And we’re also shifting the name of some of our team-building events to “staff appreciation” events." ~Megan
[regarding CSN thank you cards] "Thank you for the sample pack of UW thank you cards that you handed out at your recent presentation on Creating a Culture of Recognition and Appreciation! They are fun & satisfying to send and they definitely help “make the day” for those who receive them." ~Ernie
[regarding our holiday mingle] "Thank you, and the committee, for doing this. It was a very good venue and the food was great." ~Jim
[regarding our managing priorities session] "This was one of the few sessions I've seen on campus that emphasized the importance of making time for family and friends. The speaker's honesty in sharing her own history and struggles were so appreciated." ~Anonymous survey response
[regarding our summer book club] "I do want to share how much I have enjoyed reading the book and also participating in the discussion. The entire experience made me feel supported and part of something much bigger." ~Laura
[regarding our summer book club] "It surpassed my expectations. The conversations were very well facilitated, the book really was something that needed to be talked about to really assimilate." ~Anonymous survey response
[regarding our autism presentation] "I just wanted to share that this meeting was excellent and very valuable, and I am so happy I attended it!" ~Gwen
"I only found out about CSN about two months ago, so I am still exploring the site and resources. I followed the link to the past events and was able to find a wealth of resources through Box. I will definitely be looking through the materials more in the near future." ~Jenn
"Just wanted to send a thank you for all of the great work that you do. These are all great resources and events. Thank you!" ~Julie
[regarding our winter generational divide session] “Working with people both older and younger than me, the materials gave me a better understanding as to how they process things differently and how to communicate my points better, but respectfully.” ~Anonymous survey response
[regarding our summer book club] "This is a fantastic idea and I am enjoying it so much. I have been on this campus since 1991. In my experience, there have been some good initiatives and many that sounded good in a committee meeting probably, but did not turn out well in practice. This definitely belongs in the ‘good initiative’ category because it is working so well." ~Dave
"I got several ideas at your recent session, such as giving hand-written notes to employees to show my gratitude for their service, or having a monthly newsletter acknowledging and recognizing staff." ~Anonymous survey response