HR Foundations for Managers

HR Foundations for Managers are a series of learning modules intended to build awareness and a deeper understanding of how to navigate Human Resources-related processes, procedures, and policies at the University of Waterloo.

These modules are designed to provide insight and guidance, showcasing the information and support available for the HR processes managers are accountable for in support of their teams.

Presented by Human Resources and Organizational and Human Development, HR Foundations for Managers is an interactive, learning and development experience in three parts:

Part I: Managing Hiring, Mobility, Training and Development

  • Welcome to management at the University of Waterloo
  • Get to know Human Resources
  • The University policies you need to know
  • Policy 18: Part I
    • Hiring at Waterloo
    • Employee mobility
    • Onboarding and probation
    • Training & development
  • HR supports for managers
  • Ask the HR Team – live Q&A

Part II: Managing Team Performance and Organizational Change

  • Managing employee and team performance
  • Workforce planning and organizational change
  • End of employment
  • Managing challenging workplace scenarios (breakout room)
  • HR supports for managers
  • Ask the HR Team – live Q&A

Part III: Managing Leaves, Absences and Accommodations

  • Understanding and navigating types of absences
  • Understanding and navigating types of leaves
  • Accessibility and accommodations
  • Leading the well-being of your team
  • Internal and external resources and supports
  • Ask the HR Team – live Q&A

These modules will be offered each term - dates will be added on a rolling basis.

See upcoming session dates and register on Portal (please note: registration closes one week before the event).

HR Foundations for Managers strives to enable managers to:

  • Be able to address HR matters proactively and responsibly
  • Be equipped with knowledge and information to manage HR-related topics with your team
  • Gain a management perspective on University of Waterloo policies and procedures
  • Be aware of the resources and tools available to support you
  • Have confidence as you support your people, departmental interests, and organizational goals

Manager Onboarding Learning Pathway

In addition to participating in HR Foundations for Managers, new managers are encouraged to participate in the other components of the Manager Onboarding learning opportunities.

Manager Onboarding Learning Opportunities

  • Mandatory Supervisor Orientation (Online - Safety Office) 
  • Staff Orientation – if you’re new to the University of Waterloo, join your peers to enhance your knowledge of the University’s history, culture, structure, reach and strategic priorities.
  • People managers are strongly encouraged to join a Leading Performance Conversations workshop, offered annually, in proximity to performance appraisal season (November-February, annually)

Looking for other learning and support for managers?

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