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Staffing Your TTO: Managing turnover, “quiet quitting,” remote work and other HR challenges


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 30th, 2022

You’ve heard the buzzwords “quiet quitting” and “Great Resignation,” and your TTO may have been one of many affected by the dramatic increase in turnover they refer to. How can your office best address these worrisome trends, maintain a full staff, manage an increasingly virtual staff, and keep your commercialization activity flowing?

No one is immune — university tech transfer offices across the country are experiencing turnover, staffing shortages, and recruitment challenges like never before. A perfect storm has erupted creating difficult conditions for keeping and attracting staff, and scores of TTOs are suffering under the weight of too-few-hands while struggling to train the new staff they’ve hired to fill the gaps. And the remote work challenge comes as the icing on the cake, potentially stripping away the office’s sense of camaraderie and the ability to “drop-in” for a quick chat on important items.

But there are creative ways aimed at retaining your current staff, recruiting top candidates for open positions, and addressing HR issues head on. That’s why we’ve lined up a stellar team of presenters from MIT, UPenn, and U Michigan to discuss their staffing and HR challenges – and offer their key strategies and tactics for overcoming those challenges. Join us on December 14th

for this practical round table-style webinar featuring MIT’s Lesley Millar-Nicholson and Marieta Hurtado, Penn’s Micheal Poisel, and U Michigan’s Kelly Sexton.

For complete details and to register, click here.

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