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Employee Development Release Time

Boise State offers four hours per month release time to benefit-eligible employees to participate in development and training activities during normal business hours.  Some workshops may be more or less than four hours, use it as a guideline.  The goal is to manage workloads while integrating development.

Development Release Time Request Form

Development release time opportunities may include:

  • Webinars
  • Trainings and workshops
  • Certifications and school work
  • Inter-department development sessions
  • Job shadowing

Development release time guidance

  • There are many free and low cost development offerings both on and off campus (see list below).
  • Activities and timing of release are subject to the discretion of supervisor approval.
  • A review of the employee’s usage of development release time should occur annually with the supervisor.
  • Monthly allocated time may include mandatory department training.
  • Employees and supervisors should work together on a professional development plan each year, using the Individual Development Plan (IDP) Form.
  • Development release time should not interfere with the business needs of the department — this should benefit the growth of the employee, the department and the university.

Idaho Division of Human Resources (DHR) Training

(DHR) Supervisory Academy and more, such as Micro-learning modules. Available free to all State of Idaho employees!

  • Coaching: Coaching is an essential leadership skill.  In this micro-learning module, you will learn how to support and strengthen employees in their performance.  This session will include a guideline to plan, implement, and document a coaching session.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Connection matters. How do we effectively manage emotions and relationships in a time when we can easily feel overwhelmed and isolated from one another? Emotional intelligence in remote teams is structured to provide increased awareness and techniques to build your supervisor skill set.  In times of uncertainty, learn to build connection, create engagement, and respond with intention.
  • Progressive Discipline: Performance management isn’t a one size fits all practice and requires thoughtful consideration for each situation. During the Progressive Discipline module, review the numerous options available when working with an employee on improving performance. Progressive discipline is about helping the employee learn and grow, not about punishment.
  • Communication: Supervising remotely requires an enhanced level of communication from the supervisor. With the loss of day-to-day in-person interactions, purposeful connections become even harder to make. This micro-learning module explores the dangers of not communicating well with remote staff and identifies helpful practices to become a more effective communicator.
  • Accountability: Setting expectations lays the groundwork for everything we accomplish in the workplace. New office environments and remote teams can make it even more of a challenge to hold employees accountable. During this micro-learning module, we will identify ways to effectively communicate expectations, hold everyone accountable, and strengthen work relationships.
  • Motivation: Discover how to identify and enhance motivation in the workplace.  Participants will learn motivation theories and how leadership styles influence motivation and engagement.  Participants will discuss methods and options to incorporate into the workplace increasing engagement, morale, and productivity.
  • Performance Evaluations: Performance evaluations are the most important feedback tool a supervisor has. They should be a year-long process and deserve our time and energy. This micro-learning module explores core principles behind not only effectively writing a performance evaluation, but how to deliver one as well.
  • Providing Feedback: How can we deliver feedback so it will be heard, accepted, and sets the stage to initiate improvement? In this DHR micro-module learn how to offer and solicit feedback to strengthen relationships, improve performance, and recognize good work.  Sign up to learn the feedback formula!
  • Leaders in Motion: Change the way you think about employee wellness! Participants will learn simple strategies to help employees prevent burnout and create positive shifts in workplace culture. Leaders in Motion is designed to empower participants to weave well-being into the status quo and start a wellness movement within their agency.
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