Learning & Organizational Effectiveness Training & Campus of Difference Workshops

SPRING / SUMMER 2015 TRAINING SCHEDULE  

Upcoming Training for NEW and RETURNING GAELPerfrom Users

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

Where:            Garaventa 240

Open to:         Supervisors and leaders

Presenter:       SMC Learning & Org. Effectiveness

Register here for Tue. July 14, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Register here for Wed. July 15, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Register here for Fri. July 17, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Register here for Thu. August 6, 12:30 - 1:30 pm


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

Where:            Garaventa 240

Open to:         All non-supervisory staff

Presenter:       SMC Learning & Org. Effectiveness

Register here for Mon. July 13, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Register here for TueJuly 14, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Register here for Wed. July 15, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Register here for Fri. July 17, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Register here for Mon. August 3, 11:30 am -  12:30 pm


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:            February 20, 12:00—1:30 PM

Where:            Hagerty Lounge

Open to:         Supervisors and leaders

Presenters:     Sunny Bradford Dir. Learning & Org. Effectiveness

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 Holding 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


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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