Manager Resources

Webinar for PI and other Managers - Learn what's different from Saba, get a chance to practice adding and removing requirements and ask your questions.

We recommend printing or saving the Manager User Guide.pdf and viewing this 3 minute video overview specifically for primary investigators, project team leaders, and other supervisors. 


Monday Morning Manager Report

Rather than a copy of every subordinates' expiration emails, in Ability you receive a single compiled report that includes:

  • Expired and/or overdue training for your subordinates
  • Training due within the week for your subordinates

You will not receive an email if your team does not have any urgent training concerns that week.

I see training listed that I don't care about.
Your subordinate may need training for work they are doing with another manager or for their academic program. You can check with the person. The video above will show you where you can see if your people have other managers and how to remove a track if no longer needed.

Proxy or Assistant Views

Managers are responsible for ensuring subordinates receive timely training to ensure safe, legal, and ethical activities at Michigan State University. Ability makes it much easier for Managers to view and edit training for your subordinates. However, managers may elect to give some responsibility for assigning and monitoring training compliance to an assistant. Email train@ora.msu.edu to set this up.

An easy alternative is to forward your Monday Morning Manager Report to an assistant as long as MSU data privacy policy is followed. Be particularly mindful of FERPA rules if you are supervising students. 

Training Compliance

Training in many cases is required by law. Training that is overdue or expired risks injuries, lawsuits against individuals and the University, funding from government agencies, and risks the reputation of researchers and the University. Encourage your team to complete training before due dates by speaking positively about training opportunities and acting upon Monday Morning Reports. Training that remains out of compliance for more than 30 days may be escalated to a higher supervisor.

Pro/Con on various privileges for supervisors in the training system