365 Day Check-In for New Supervisors

As your first year of employment ends, Onboarding transitions emails will end.  We hope that you have found the resources helpful during a year of learning and growing as a supervisor at UI.  These resources remain available from this website if you need to refer back to them.  Continuing to grow as a supervisor and engaging your staff in their work is critical to your ongoing success.  Some tips are listed below.

Work and Strategic Goal Alignment

Think of how you can continue to connect the work of your staff to University goals and accomplishments.   Share interesting stories of student success, patient wellbeing, research updates and community involvement at your staff meetings.  Check University accomplishments in publications such as "Iowa Now.

Recognizing the work of your staff and others with whom you interact can add to your satisfaction  Check to see what options are available for recognition in your unit or UI resources.


Performance Expectations

Assess how you might continue to grow as a leader and develop performance goals to keep you on track.  Asking for feedback from your staff as well as your peers and supervisor is one way to do an assessment.  Asking the questions:  What should I do more of, less of and stop doing is a quick way to gain quality feedback.  Remember to act on the feedback and share with others how you are trying to use their feedback.  Use My Quick Coach in Employee Self Service/My Training to develop your skill in accepting feedback.

If you need resources to help your work performance, ask your supervisor to find out what is possible

P&S Staff should continue to use Performance Review and Goal Plan to develop new goals, document progress and receive feedback about performance

  • Providing and Receiving Feedback, with Debra Benton
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback in a Positive Way, with Mike Robbins
  • Check out other topics such as leadership success in My Quick Coach or in person learning through UI Learning and Development

Work Life and Wellness

Being a supervisor is hard work and some days are more stressful than others.  Remember that UI offers many resources to support our well-being. 

Offer opportunities for your staff to participate in decision-making activities in your unit.  Consider how you can use staff meetings to engage employees in workplace changes and challenges.


Career Development

Understanding UI’s job classification systems, development processes and resources can help you consider your career options.

Request a career planning meeting with your supervisor if you have not had one lately.

Meet with your staff to discuss their career interests.  Some resources to help you have career conversations are available in My Quick Coach.


These resources are available in Employee Self Service/Learning and Development/myquickcoach.