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FALL 2014 TRAINING SCHEDULE

Managing Your Time

Creating a clear and effective process for managing your time is more vital today than ever. Many employees are performing multiple tasks across departmental lines, working longer hours, and experiencing overload. Most would agree that there are not enough hours in the day. While there are many tools to help us manage our projects and timelines, focusing on an effective core strategy sets the foundation for achieving our goals. This workshop focuses on the development of an individualized time management strategy. After the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand ways to lower their work stress
  • Develop a sense of control over their personal/professional productivity
  • Identify ways to do more in less time
  • Separate meaningful from meaningless activity

When:             Wednesday, September 10, 10:00 AM—12:00 PM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA Center

Open to:          All SMC Employees

Presenter:       Victoria Brown, MHN Training & Consulting

Register here for Managing Your Time.


Effective Delegation

The ability to delegate is vitally important to managers if they hope to be effective in their jobs and handle growing workloads. Faced with ongoing change, managers can extend their ability to get work done through effective delegation practices. This workshop takes the mystery out of delegation by providing practical ways to keep your delegations from backfiring. As a program participant you will:

  • Identify your own delegation strengths and barriers
  • Explore which elements of your job can be delegated
  • Understand how to select the appropriate person and hold a delegation meeting
  • Recognize delegation pitfalls and how to avoid them 

When:          Friday, September 26, 12:00 PM—4:00 PM

Where:          Hagerty

Open to:        All SMC Employees

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

Register here for Effective Delegation.


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.    

When:             Monday, October 6, 12:30—1:30 PM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA Center -- Light snacks will be provided.

Open to:         All SMC employees

Presenter:      Felicia Williams Cosey, MHN Training and Consulting

Register here for Strategies for Working Parents


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, October 9, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM

Where:            Hagerty Lounge

Open to:         All SMC employees

Presenters:     SMC COD Facilitators

Register here for Campus of Difference

 

True Colors: A Tool for Self Awareness

This hands-on, interactive workshop will guide you on a personal adventure that will help you build self- confidence through a better understanding of yourself and others. True Colors is a practical and useful tool for identifying personality characteristics in a format that is fun, easy to remember and apply.  You will leave the workshop with new communication skills that will enhance your personal and professional relationships. In this program you will:

  • Identify your own personality traits and characteristics
  • Explore the joys, values, needs and stressors of your personality
  • Discuss how to identify the personality styles of your colleagues, friends and family
  • Learn ways to enhance your personal and professional communication skills with ease

When:             Tuesday, October 14, 9:15 AM—12:00 PM

Where:            Orinda, SODA Center

Open to:         All SMC employees

Presenter:       Michael Viola, Assoc. Director of Facilities Services

Register here for True Colors: A Tool for Self Awareness


Strengthening Personal Resiliency During Change

We’ve all heard the saying, “The only constant is change.” Employees are often faced with organizational shifts and personal life changes, which, in combination, can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed or tapped out. This program will describe the ingredients of resiliency, based on current research, and offer concrete strategies to help us survive and bounce back from the challenges and stresses associated with ongoing change.

When:             Wednesday, October 29, 9:30 AM—12:00 PM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA Center

Open to:         All SMC employees

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

Register here for Strengthening Personal Resiliency During Change


Managing Your Financial and Staff Resources: An Overview

Whether you’re an experienced supervisor or new to the role, you may have questions about Business Office and Human Resources processes that are essential to managing your financial and staff resources. These might include how to read and understand your budget, how to manage employee time off, steps for staffing your department, or how to initiate grade and salary reviews. While this overview workshop won’t answer all your questions, it will provide guidance on some key Business Office and HR procedures that are central to effectively managing your funds and personnel. This workshop includes a resource packet with useful documents and links to additional information. In this program, participants will:

  • Review budget elements and strategies for managing their budgets
  • Clarify requirements applying to non-exempt vs. exempt staff
  • Understand requirements for managing employee time and leaves of absence
  • Recognize what steps to take in order to fill open positions and request salary/grade reviews      

When:             Tuesday, November 4, 9:30 AM—12:00 PM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA

Open to:         Supervisors and Leaders

Presenters:    S. Jamila Buckner, Dir. Recruitment, Peter Chen, Dir. Empl. Relations & Compensation, Sue Hooks, Asst. Controller, Ann Kelly, Dir. Benefits, Mary Stephens-Crockett, Accounting Manager, and Sunny Bradford, Dir. Learning & Org. Effectiveness

Register here for Managing Your Financial and Staff Resources: An Overview

 

Performance Management Best Practices

We all work in a complex environment that is only partially within our control. If the environment supports our best efforts, performance will improve. Supervisors and leaders play a pivotal role in creating an environment for high performance. This workshop offers an overview of best practices in managing performance. This includes topics such as setting expectations, analyzing performance, and giving feedback. As a program participant, you will:

  • Discuss the core elements of performance management
  • Clarify methods for setting expectations and observing performance
  • Follow basic guidelines for giving feedback effectively

When:             Wednesday, November 12, 9:30 AM—12:00 PM

Where:            Claeys, SODA Center

Open to:         Supervisors and leaders

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

Register here for Performance Management Best Practices


Recognition Strategies:  How to Customize for Your Team

Providing recognition is more than a “nice-to-do” activity.  Extensive workplace research shows that individuals who receive regular recognition are more productive, give higher ratings on engagement surveys, have better safety records, and are less likely to leave the institution.  As a manager, you can develop non-monetary recognition strategies that foster commitment and initiative. Participants in this program will learn how to:

  • Recognize the elements of “meaningful” recognition
  • Use non-monetary recognition practices that work
  • Individualize approaches to fit employee preferences

When:             December 4, 2:00—4:00 PM

Where:            Lafayette, SODA Center

Open to:          Supervisors and leaders

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

Register here for Recognition Strategies:  How To Customize for Your Team


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, December 12, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM (please arrive no later than 8:45 AM)

Where:            Hagerty Lounge

Open to:          All SMC faculty & staff

Presenters:     SMC COD Facilitators

Register here for Campus of Difference               

                

 

 


 

 








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