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
Happy December! The Employee Assistance Office published their December newsletter today, and it’s full of valuable information for you to navigate this season. From employee recognition advice, to information on dealing with loneliness and social …December 1, 2020
Planners’ Picks: A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning We enter December with a sense of hope, ways to reboot during the holidays, and advice on communicating more effectively. _________________________________ 5 …December 1, 2020
“Stop feeling sorry for yourself,” we are often told. And while it can be hard to avoid self-pity entirely, mentally strong people choose to exchange self-pity for gratitude. Whether you choose to write a few sentences in …November 24, 2020
Planners’ Picks: A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning This week is all about the Boss Factor: being a great manager and unleashing your best work as a leader. _________________________________ 5 Signs …November 24, 2020
Planners’ Picks: A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning Today’s posts focus on dealing with the stress you and your staff are experiencing, and using gratitude to foster a better relationship with …November 24, 2020
In a year when so many things have become more challenging, improved effective communication is high on the needs list of many employees and departments at UW-Madison. The team at Learning and Talent Development (LTD) …November 12, 2020
Start with warmth, develop trust, and then your strength is a welcome reassurance. Connect first and your leadership becomes a gift and not a threat.November 12, 2020
Planners’ Picks: A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning Today’s entries are all about the team: Creating strong team culture will benefit everyone in the organization. Showing gratitude is critical to developing …November 11, 2020
The Office of Student Financial Aid is seeking nominations for Student Employee of the Year. The competition is hosted by the National Student Employment Association, and the first-place winner from each campus typically has …November 5, 2020
- See all of our blog posts here
Support supervisors and managers in a welcome and safe environment to promote leadership and effective personnel management.
[regarding Planners' Picks newsletters] "Just a quick note to thank you and the committee for compiling these resources for us supervisors each edition of the Planners’ Picks – I especially appreciate the short summaries and quick links…makes them easily digestible and ready to try out. I appreciate them!" ~Liz
[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 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