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  3. Where can I find a list of benefits Skidmore offers?
  4. Where can I find the forms I need to sign up for benefits?
  5. When is the next PQ meeting?
Human Resources

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Professional Development & Training

New Employee Orientation

Professional development and training at Skidmore begins with our New Employee Orientation (NEO) program. All new community members (Exempt, Faculty, Non-Exempt and Union employees) are invited and encouraged to attend this half-day program. The design of the program enables new employees to explore life at Skidmore through a variety of departmental presentations. The purpose of this program is to provide an overview of the College and the opportunity to meet with other members of the Skidmore community.

Staff Development

In addition to the NEO, a number of staff development programs are offered throughout the year. Some of the recent topics include:

  • Collaborative Effort
  • Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  • Intervention Skills for Supervisors
  • Performance Review
  • Project Management
  • Position Questionnaire (PQ) Review
  • Retirement Planning Workshop
  • Time Management

As part of building community across campus, Human Resources hosts informative gatherings through our annual Networking Luncheon and Networking Breakfast, giving community members an opportunity to strengthen and build working relationships throughout campus. 

Through the years we have introduced a Learn on the Go Series developed from our summer Wednesday Matinee Program that can be used for department retreats or mini meetings. 

A full list of programs can be accessed on our course listing page. 

Your suggestions for new programs or possible presenters are always welcome.  If you have any suggestions, please email

Technology Learning Opportunities at Skidmore

Often Human Resources receives inquires about Technology Training, especially regarding different Microsoft applications.  Information about this type of training is available by reaching out to Beth DuPont in Academic Technologies or ext. 5917.

A popular avenue for learning a variety of Microsoft applications can be found at, and this resource offers online tutorials for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and much more.

To learn more about other on-campus, customized workshops and off-campus learning opportunities, please visit the Academic Technologies website.

Tip of the Month

No one disputes the fact that we can’t work together effectively unless we can clearly and comfortably talk to each other about what we need to do and how to get it done. 

But even though we’ve all had plenty of time to perfect our communication skills, we still tend to fall into bad habits that we acquire over the course of our lives.



January Events

1/8, 11:30-1:30 pm
Networking Luncheon
Murray-Aikins, 2nd floor
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1/23, 9:00-11:00 am
Giving and Receiving Constructive Criticism
Murray-Aikins, 2nd floor
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Visit the Training Calendar/Registration website to view descriptions and sign up for programs >>