FSDP: Workplace Knowledge and Skills

COVID-19: Professional Development Summer Series

Join Organization Development for a Professional Development Summer Series, created to provide support and guidance for our new working lifestyle due to COVID-19. Sessions scheduled for virtual presentation will be added to the OHR Announcements page.

Designed to help employees build valuable works skills and enhance their performance, these programs provide a dynamic learning experience that will enable staff to hone their day-to-day professional skills, and for supervisors to create an environment conducive to success. Opportunities are also available to explore the educational and cultural resources available at the University to develop meaningful career opportunities.

(Virtual) Customer Service for Success

Presenters: Laura Ainsley, Learning and Development Specialist
Jordan Miller, Learning and Development Specialist
   Organization Development

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 1–3:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

In any position we hold, our personal success has much to do with our orientation and commitment to serving others. This workshop guides and empowers participants in exploring exactly who their customers are, discovering what “customer service” means in their roles, and identifying opportunities to meet customer needs through listening, empathy, adaptability, and a cooperative, solution-focused approach. Participants will grow in their individual understanding of the value and impacts of customer service best practices and identify opportunities to apply customer-facing strategies to their own roles to increase personal professional success.

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(Virtual) Effective Interpersonal Communication

Presenters: Diane Chabal, Manager
   Organization Development, Office of Human Resources

Date 1: Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 9 –11:30 a.m. – CANCELLED
Date 2: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 1–3:30 p.m. – VIRTUAL
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

Who Should Attend: Front-line staff who would like to enhance their communication skills

Communicating and listening effectively in the workplace is critical to your organization’s success. Participants will review different ways to communicate with and actively listen to any individual. Participants will learn their preferred way to communicate and how to adjust it based on the other person.

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(Virtual) Grammar, Punctuation, and Proofreading: Ensuring Professional Presentation

Presenter: Beth Bateman Newborg, Outreach Director
   The Writing Center

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

Who Should Attend: Staff and faculty who do considerable writing – such as correspondence, memos, proposals, and/or reports – in their professional positions

This workshop will address common questions about proper grammar and punctuation, with emphasis on how such mechanics are essential to effective business communications. Strategies for identifying and resolving grammar and punctuation errors will be discussed and practiced, as will effective proofreading skills. Participants will have an opportunity to have their grammar and punctuation questions answered and will leave the workshop with handouts and a list of resources for ongoing support of excellence in the mechanics of business writing.

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(Cancelled) Introduction to Project Management

Presenter: Megan Soltesz, Director of Administration
   School of Social Work

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall

Who Should Attend: Staff and faculty whose responsibilities include managing projects for their school or department

This workshop provides participants with an introduction to project management as defined by the “Project Management Institute” (PMI).  PMI has defined project management as “the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a particular project”.  This class touches upon the basic structure and concepts of project management, and highlight best practices that are widely applicable to professional growth across a spectrum of positions and responsibilities. 

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(Virtual) Managing Up

Presenters: Diane Chabal, Manager
Laura Ainsley, Learning and Development Specialist
   Organization Development, Office of Human Resources

Date 1: Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 9–11:00 a.m. – CANCELLED
Date 2: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 1–3:00 p.m. – VIRTUAL
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

The ability to partner with supervisors to develop mutual goals can help individual employees, their supervisor, and their organizations become productive and successful. An employee’s relationship with their supervisor is the most important relationship in the workplace. “Managing up” is a skill that helps an employee influence their supervisor to create positive change in the workplace and affect organizational goals and outcomes. This interactive workshop will provide tips and tools to support a constructive relationship with supervisor even when that effort may be challenging. Participants will leave the session with an action plan for “managing up.”

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(Virtual) Problem Solving Skills for the Workplace

Presenters: Laura Ainsley, Learning and Development Specialist
Jordan Miller, Learning and Development Specialist
   Organization Development, Office of Human Resources

Date 1: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 1–3:00 p.m. – VIRTUAL
Date 2: Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 9 –11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

Who Should Attend: All Faculty and staff

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of how to identify, approach and, solve problems creatively and effectively in the workplace. The facilitator will use interactive skill-building exercises to guide participants through the stages of the problem-solving process using specific examples of problems. Participants will learn the process from defining the problem through making an appropriate recommendation to solve the problem. The objective of this workshop is to allow participants to feel prepared to find their own solutions to problems they uncover in their work environment.

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(Virtual) Public Speaking in a Nutshell

Presenter: Michael Bannon, Director
   Communication Lab

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using Zoom. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

Who Should Attend: Faculty and staff who speak in public, discussion groups, press conferences, or other forms as part of their professional positions

This workshop is designed to teach participants how to improve their public speaking skills and gain confidence in their ability to make presentations in front of large and small audiences. Facilitated by the Communication Lab, this session will introduce you to the skills necessary to better organize ideas, relate to audiences with greater ease, deliver more effective presentations, and deal with speaking anxiety. Participants will leave this session with a list of resources for ongoing development of public speaking and communication skills.

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(Virtual) Strategies for Success in Professional Correspondence

Presenter: Beth Bateman Newborg, Outreach Director
   The Writing Center

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Time: 9–11:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

Who Should Attend: Staff and faculty who do considerable writing—such as emails and electronic or hard-copy letters, memos, requests, and notifications.

Do you want to make sure the recipients of your professional correspondence understand--and efficiently act on--requests or instructions within an email, letter, or memo?" This workshop is designed to provide faculty and staff with strategies for writing effective emails, letters, and memos. The session will cover email etiquette, how best to address correspondence to various audiences, and how to most effectively include information and instructions within correspondence. Participants will leave this session with a list of useful references and other handouts to use towards best outcomes when corresponding with faculty, students, supervisors, applicants, customers, and colleagues.

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(Virtual) Taming the Email Beast

Presenters: Laura Ainsley, Learning and Development Specialist
Jordan Miller, Learning and Development Specialist
   Organization Development, Office of Human Resources
Vernon Franklin, Technical Trainer
   Pitt Information Technology

Date 1: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 1 –3:00 p.m.
Date 2: Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – These workshops will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

When managed well, email is an incredibly useful communication tool. When not managed well, email is time-consuming and cumbersome. Two key elements in maintaining and enhancing the productivity and professionalism of this communication tool are well-written emails, and the ability to manage your email inbox before it manages you. This workshop engages participants by introducing the critical components of effective email composition, tips on appropriate email etiquette, and creating systems for processing and organizing your email inbox.

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(Virtual) Time Management

Presenter: Laura Ainsley, Learning and Development Specialist
Jordan Miller, Learning and Development Specialist
   Organization Development, Office of Human Resources

Date 1: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 1–3:00 p.m. – VIRTUAL
Date 2: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 9–11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented remotely using an online meeting platform. Specific login information will be sent to registrants via email two days before the above date - please use the registration link below.

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

There is not a one size fits all solution for better time management. What works for one, may never work for another. This workshop provides time management techniques, helps participants identify priorities, and instructs how to remove obstacles to managing time. Through pre-work, participants will identify the tools most effective to their individual style.

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