Learning & Organizational Effectiveness Training & Campus of Difference Workshops

FALL 2015 TRAINING SCHEDULE  

Writing SMART Goals

The SMART goal-setting method is one of the most popular and effective tools for creating realistic and achievable goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for five qualities your goals should have. They should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Whatever your role, fine-tuning your skills at creating SMART goals can improve your chances of success. As a program participant you will:

  • Clarify what the five SMART characteristics really mean
  • Practice creating at least one SMART goal that you plan to achieve this academic/fiscal year
  • Learn practical tips to assist you with SMART goal-setting  

When:             Tuesday, September 15, 10:00—11:00 AM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA Center

Open to:         All SMC Employees

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

Register here Writing Smart Goals


Tips for Productive Performance Review Meetings

It’s that time of year! In the weeks ahead, many managers will be scheduling year-end review meetings with their staff. These meetings are opportunities to discuss past job performance and goals for the coming year. While you may sometimes feel “at sea” as you anticipate the performance review meeting, there are some useful principles about how to talk with an employee about his/her performance that will help you more confidently lead the meeting. As a program participant, you will:

  • Review guidelines for giving appreciative and improvement-oriented feedback
  • Identify specific approaches that contribute to a productive two-way conversation

When:             Tuesday, September 15, 11:30 AM—1:00 PM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA Center

Open to:         Supervisors and leaders

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

Register here Tips for Productive Performance Review Meetings

 

Toolbox for Navigating a Loved One’s Care – Part I

What documents do your parents or other family members need to have in place to prepare for future health challenges? How do you navigate available public benefits, such as Medi-Cal? Proper planning for a loved one’s care takes careful thought and can reduce the stress and burden on your family during a health crisis. This workshop will provide valuable information for your toolbox when managing a loved one’s care.  During the workshop, participants will:

  • Review helpful legal documents and their uses
  • Discuss how to arrange for care
  • Understand how to utilize Medi-Cal and VA benefits

When:              Friday, September 18, 11:45 AM—1:00 PM

Where:            Hagerty Lounge

Open to:         All SMC Employees

Presenters:     Kristen Southworth & Kathleen Day-Seiter - Southworth Chavez & Day-Seiter Law Firm

Register here Toolbox for Navigating a Loved One'sCare - Part 1
 

NOTE - WEBPAGE BELOW THIS LINE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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

 

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


A 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:             Fri. 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

Register here for Campus of Difference  


Strategic Planning Fundamentals

Most institutions are experiencing an accelerated pace of change. Therefore, managers and their departments must think ahead, determine priorities, and implement strategies to ensure their ongoing success. Strategic planning is a proactive way to identify a viable future direction for your department and develop a road map for getting there. You won’t be an expert in strategic planning by the end of this program, but you will leave with a good grasp of what strategic planning involves, including some basic methodologies and practical suggestions for using them. In this program participants will:

  • Understand what strategic planning is and how it can be useful for your department
  • Recognize key building blocks of a strategic plan
  • Review guidelines for conducting a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)
  • Discuss how to align departmental strategic planning efforts with the College’s new strategic plan

When:             Tues. March 31, 1:30—3:30 PM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA Center

Open to:         Supervisors and leaders

Presenters:     Sunny Bradford, Dir, Learning & Org. Effectiveness & Evette Castillo Clark, Dean of Students

Register here for Strategic Planning Fundamentals


Managing Multiple Priorities

Yes, we live and work in a world that is too busy and often crowded with too much to complete.  How many of us wish for a day where we can successfully manage all activities in our lives - work and personal?  Studies have shown that many workers in institutions today are often back-logged with work assignments, in spite of technology making our work lives easier! Often we are stretched far too thin to pay more than “lip service” to improving internal or external customer service and building effective relationships with our co-workers, families and friends.  This workshop will provide tools and techniques for examining your daily tasks and priorities, no matter what your role at the College.  Participants will: 

  • Identify how to prioritize work to support key results
  • Review tools to organize and efficiently manage your time
  • Discuss how to recognize & overcome procrastination
  • Learn how to identify time-wasters and apply time-saving techniques
  • Review tips for managing interruptions & distractions

When:             Tues. April 21, 10:00 AM—12:00 PM

Where:            Hagerty Lounge

Open to:         All SMC employees

Presenter:       Marvell C. Allen, Millennium Career Advantage

Register here for Managing Multiple Priorities


Taking Charge of Your Own Career

Everyone talks about the importance of having a career strategy that both supports our learning and development while we’re occupying a position, but also provides opportunities to grow into future roles. Working hard, absorbing knowledge and experience, and staying focused, provides a strong foundation to build on here at Saint Mary's.  But now career experts agree that we as individuals are responsible for our career goals and strategy. This workshop will provide career development tips that will help you outline your own career strategy and gain valuable career tools to support current and future professional development.  Participants will:

  • Learn constructive ways to manage your career
  • Use the Career Readiness Quiz to assess where you are now
  • Explore creative ideas for enhancing your skills & developing in your current role
  • Understand the importance of developing your own Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Discuss how to initiate meaningful career discussions with your manager

When:             Tues. April 21, 1:30—4:00 PM

Where:            Hagerty Lounge

Open to:         All SMC employees

Presenter:       Marvell C. Allen, Millennium Career Advantage

Register here for Taking Charge of Your Own Career

 

A 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:             Thur. 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

Register here for Campus of Difference  


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