Learning & Organizational Effectiveness Training & Campus of Difference Workshops

SPRING 2015 TRAINING SCHEDULE  WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON...

Presentation Tips:  Getting Your Message Across

Does your role sometimes require you to make presentations to your own department, others on campus, or external audiences? Do you often think your presentations could be more compelling and that you could be better prepared? If so, this workshop will help sharpen your planning and presentation skills to enhance your audience impact. In this program, you will:

  • Review how to focus and streamline your presentations
  • Identify strategies to engage your audience
  • Discuss how to reduce anxiety and get centered

When:             Wed. February 11, 10:00—11:30 AM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA

Open to:         All SMC employees

Presenter:       Sunny Bradford, Director-Learning & Org. Effectiveness

Register here for Presentation Tips: Getting Your Message Across.  


Strategies for Working Parents

When faced with the challenges of parenthood, many working parents feel guilty. The pressures and demands placed upon them are extraordinary and many parents feel conflicted by the dual roles they must play. This workshop helps working parents explore strategies for achieving balance between their demanding work and family schedules.  Program participants will:

  • Discuss the demands faced by working parents
  • Explore personal beliefs about the “perfect” parent
  • Identify ways to create greater balance between competing demands

When:             Fri. February 20, 12:00—1:30 PM

Where:            Hagerty Lounge -- Light snacks will be provided.

Open to:         All SMC employees

Register here for Strategies for Working Parents. 


Tracking and Performance and Holding Performance Conversations

One of the most important responsibilities of a supervisor is to hold conversations with your direct reports about their performance. Ideally, these conversations are taking place throughout the year, even when performance is right on track. However, performance conversations are especially critical when there are gaps between an employee’s current performance and the required standards. Having usable performance notes will make your performance conversations, including year-end performance reviews, far easier to conduct. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Review practical tips for tracking and recording employee performance
  • Discuss the key ingredients of effective performance conversations
  • Distinguish between informal and formal conversations and appropriate uses of each type

When:             Thur. February 26, 2:00—4:00 PM

Where:            Hagerty Lounge

Open to:         Supervisors and leaders

Presenters:     Sunny Bradford, Dir. Learning & Org. Effectiveness & Adan Tejada, Chief, Public Safety

Register here for Tracking Performance and Holidng Performance Conversations.  


Managing Change:  The Human Factor

Change is a permanent feature at SMC, as in most institutions.  Whether change is self-initiated or mandated by others, a manager today must know how to handle not only the technical, but also the human side of change in the workplace. In this course, you will learn realistic techniques for communicating about change, responding to resistance, and maintaining employee morale and support, in the face of ongoing change. Program participants will:

  • Discuss how to communicate change effectively to employees
  • Review the key stages of any change process
  • Recognize why people may resist change and explore appropriate responses
  • Identify methods to help your team transition through the stages of change

When:              Wed. March 4, 1:00—3:30 PM

Where:            FAH 205

Open to:         Supervisors and leaders

Presenter:       Sunny Bradford, Director-Learning & Org. Effectiveness

Register here for Managing Change: The Human Factor. 


Creating/Updating Employee PSDs: Overview for Supervisors

As a supervisor, you may need to draft a Position Source Document (PSD) for a new job or work with your staff members on updating their existing PSDs. This brief workshop will review the process involved in writing or revising a PSD, explain the criteria for assigning non-exempt or exempt status, and describe circumstances that may warrant a grade and/or salary re-evaluation for a particular position. Attendees will receive handouts on PSD writing guidelines and other tips. During the program, participants will:

  • Recognize the purpose of the PSD
  • Review the general process for creating/revising a PSD
  • Understand factors that determine non-exempt and exempt status
  • Discuss the conditions that warrant a grade and/or salary re-evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

When:             Tues. March 24, 10:00—11:00 AM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA

Open to:         Supervisors and Leaders

Presenter:       Peter Chen, Director, Employee Relations & Compensation

Register here for PSD: Overview for Supervisors

 

Using GAELPerform: Overview for Supervisors

This training will introduce you to GaelPerform, Saint Mary's online performance review software, which is powered by Halogen. It’s also a refresher for those who used the system last year. You will learn how to set yourself up and log in, how to navigate the supervisor’s homepage, and  what key steps the e-appraisal process entails. You’ll also see a demonstration on completing a staff member’s review form within GaelPerform. Attendees will take away tip sheets and other handouts. Program participants will:

  • Learn how to access the system
  • Recognize key features of their "homepage" and how to navigate from area to area
  • Review the steps of the performance review process
  • Observe how to enter appraisal information onto employee review forms

When:             Tues. March 24, 11:00 AM—12:00 PM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA

Open to:         Supervisors and leaders

Presenter:       Sunny Bradford, Director, Learning & Org. Effectiveness

Register here for GaelPerform: Overview for Supervisors

 

The PSD Process: Overview for Staff (Non-Supervisory)

Your Position Source Document (PSD) has several purposes. This brief workshop will review how PSDs are used, explain the process for updating your PSD, and describe circumstances that may warrant a grade and/or salary re-evaluation for a particular position. Those attending will receive handouts with PSD writing guidelines and other tips. During the program, participants will:

  • Recognize the purpose of the PSD
  • Review the general process for updating a PSD
  • Discuss the conditions that warrant a grade and/or salary re-evaluation
  • Discuss how to initiate a conversation with your supervisor about updating or working with HR to re-evaluate your PSD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

When:            Thur. March 26, 1:30—2:30 PM

Where:            Filippi Training Room

Open to:         All non-supervisory staff

Presenter:       Peter Chen, Director, Employee Relations & Compensation

Register here for PSD: Overview for Staff

 

Using GAELPerform: Overview for Staff (Non-Supervisory)

This training will introduce you to GaelPerform, Saint Mary's online performance review software, which is powered by Halogen. It ‘s also a refresher for those who used the system last year. You will learn how to set yourself up and log in, how to navigate within the system, and what key steps the e-appraisal process entails. You’ll also see a demonstration on how to complete your self-review form within GaelPerform. Attendees will receive tip sheets and other handouts. Program participants will:

  • Learn how to access the system
  • Recognize key features of their "homepage" and how to navigate from area to area
  • Review the steps of the performance review process
  • Observe how to enter appraisal information onto your self-review form

When:             Thur. March 26, 2:30 PM—3:30 PM

Where:            Filippi Training Room

Open to:         All non-supervisory staff

Presenter:       Sunny Bradford, Director, Learning & Org. Effectiveness

Register here for GaelPerform: Overview for Staff


Campus of Difference

The Campus of Difference workshop is a day designed to create community among faculty and staff and to begin conversations about what it means to be a diverse community. This workshop is required for all faculty and staff, at least once every three years.

This is a highly interactive day (no lecturing!) with lots of time to talk with other staff and faculty from across campus that you probably don't know. You will also come away with a resource book for future reference!

When:             Friday, March 27, 2015 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Please arrive by 8:45 AM)

Where:            Hagerty

Open to:          All SMC Staff and Faculty

Presenters:     SMC COD Facilitators

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Campus of Difference

The Campus of Difference workshop is a day designed to create community among faculty and staff and to begin conversations about what it means to be a diverse community. This workshop is required for all faculty and staff, at least once every three years.

This is a highly interactive day (no lecturing!) with lots of time to talk with other staff and faculty from across campus that you probably don't know. You will also come away with a resource book for future reference!

When:             Thursday, June 4, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Please arrive by 8:45 AM)

Where:           Hagerty

Open to:         All SMC employees

Presenters:     SMC COD Facilitators

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