Manager’s Toolkit




        Quick links to the tools and resources you need in a management role at Cornell.

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Hiring Process  A step-by-step guide to preparation, recruitment, interviewing, hiring and onboarding.

Hiring Resources Documents, brochures, and guides to show your recruit or new hire all Cornell has to offer.

Welcoming and Orienting Employees - Supervisor's Guide (pdf) Welcome your new staff member with this guide to successful onboarding

New Hire Checklists (pdf) Convenient checklists from the "Welcoming and Orienting Employees - Supervisor's Guide"

Probationary Review Form: Staff (pdf)

Probationary Review Form: Bargaining Unit (pdf)

Building A Culture of Respect All new faculty and staff are required to take this online program (approx.. 45 minutes).

Layoff-Termination  What you need to know when handling an employee layoff or termination.

Temporary and Contract Staff Guide and resources for temporary staffing.

Staff Support

Performance Dialogue

Performance Dialogues Practical support for the performancemanagement process.

How to Complete your Performance Review in Workday(pdf)

FAQs related to Performance Reviews in Workday(pdf)

How to Add and Update Goals in Workday (pdf)

Staff Recognition

Staff Recognition Ways to celebrate staff excellence.

Leaves & Disability

Leaves & Disability What you need to know about leaves of absence, worker’s compensation, and short and long-term disability.

Disability Toolkit for Managers Tips, checklists, and resources to help managers lead a disability inclusive workforce.

 Accident Report Form

Workers’ Compensation brochure (pdf)

Short-term disability brochure (pdf)

Long-term disability brochure (pdf)

Parental Leave Brochure (pdf)

Leaves for Professors and Academic Staff

Personal Medical Leave Request (pdf)

Personal Health Care Provider Verification (pdf)

Family Health Leave Request (pdf)

Family Health Care Provider Verification (pdf)

Military Leave Request (pdf)

Disability Accommodations FAQ

Catastrophic Leave Call for Donations Sample Letter (d0c)

Flexible Work

Flexible Work Help for managing flexible arrangements that benefit both staff and the university.

Flexible Work Tips for Supervisors

Flexible Work Arrangement - Agreement Form (pdf)

Career Development & Management

Administrative Academy 

Career Development Guidelines

Career Management Use this step-by-step guide to work with staff to realize career goals.


Experiential Learning Opportunities

Staff Training Opportunities  Help your staff take advantage of the many opportunities to improve or learn new skills, and keep up with technology and best practices.

Talent Management Matrix


Diversity Resources Be familiar with the numerous resources that are available to support all of our diverse community. 

Disability Toolkit for Managers Tips, checklists, and resources to help managers lead a disability inclusive workforce.

Accessible Meeting Checklist

Toward New Destinations Initiative         

Schedule of religious holidays

Religious Accommodations

Military Resources

Inclusive Excellence Academy

Cornell University Transgender Guide to Transitioning  & Gender Affirmation in the Workplace

Crisis Support

Domestic Violence Resources Campus and local resources available to staff and faculty in need of assistance as a result of domestic or intimate partner violence.

Navigating Health Challenges Resources to support staff and faculty who are managing difficult or complex health conditions and crises.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program Free and confidential guidance and support to benefits-eligible employees and their partners to address issues that may be affecting their personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance.

Caring Community A central resource where all members of the Cornell community can find help in times of crisis, or support with emotional, physical, social, financial, intellectual, family, or other issues.

SHARE The Sexual Harassment and Assault – Response and Education website shares resources for getting help, as well as reporting and education.

Ombudsman A safe place where community members may discuss problems or issues within the University.


Leadership & Management

Leadership Development Training to enhance leadership skills, including Turning Point, the Harold D. Craft Leadership Program, and Building Teams and Leading Change.

Supervising@Cornell Online training tailored for supervisors at Cornell

Management Development  Training for supervisory and management roles; take courses individually or earn a certificate.

Organizational and Workforce Development   Support for supervisors and staff to be more effective in achieving goals.

Leading Change  Methodology, tools, and best practices for change leadership at Cornell.

Lean Process Process improvement tool to help teams address workload challenges.

Business Tools A handy list of links from the Division of Financial Affairs to documents, forms, and systems including Procurement, Reporting, and Travel.

IT Security Resources from Cornell’s IT Division for technology best practices and support.