Human Resources Professional Development and Training

Available Course Offerings from 06/01/2017 to 06/30/2018

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3-Night Retirement Workshop

David K. Carboni, PhD., CFP, an authority in the field of retirement planning, will lead this workshop. Program topics include: Basics of Financial Planning for Retirement, Social Security, Medicare, health insurance planning, housing issues, estate planning, decisions around employee benefits in retirement, managing your retirement nest egg, and creating a satisfying retirement life-style. Enrollment is limited to 35 employees, first-come, first served basis. The commitment for this program is for three nights.

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Anti-Harassment Seminar

This seminar is a requirement for all non-faculty employees, and will cover such topics as: policy and laws governing illegal harassment, what is harassment and what should you do if harassed. The seminar will be offered on several dates throughout the year, and is required within three months of hire.

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Civility and Respect in the Workplace (EAP)

Rudeness is at an all-time high in every aspect of our lives! There is a high cost to be paid for this. It is not only taking a hold in our workplace but it is taking a toll in our culture. Creativity suffers, performance and team spirit deteriorate. Each one of us has a part to play in the perpetuation of rudeness or the annihilation of rudeness. Learn and brainstorm about what each of us can do to overcome this issue.

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Conflict is Normal: Aiming for Win - Win Outcomes (EAP)

Conflict is normal. Whenever you bring 2 or more people together there are going to be differences of needs, wants, wishes, demands or perceived demands, and differences about how to come to a solution. It is not a matter of who is right and who is wrong. It is a matter of learning how to resolve differences and conflicts when they arise and learning how diverse personalities can work together for a shared outcome.

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Developing Your Emotional Intelligence (AMA)

This program will focus on learning how to understand the connection between emotions and actions. Participants will gain personal insight into their EI Competencies through the DiSC Assessment Tool and how their style fits into EI. The framework of the workshop will be the meaning and value of Emotional Intelligence, explaining the EI Competency Framework and identifying areas for improvements in developing EI.

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Employment Law (BS&K)

BY INVITATION ONLY. This program will be presented by Michael Billok, a member of Bond Schoeneck & King Law Firm. On behalf of Human Resources, Mike will present an educational program on Employment Law for Managers and Supervisors. This program will focus on the roles both supervisors and Human Resources play in the workplace regarding Employment Law. Employment Law is a broad and complex area, which includes laws and regulations pertaining to employee relations, discrimination, and compensation. This program will review the areas of critical federal and NY state employment laws focusing on disability and leave laws, wage and hour laws, as well as discipline and termination considerations. Supervisors and managers will learn how important a role they play in understanding and maintaining these laws and regulations within their department.

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Giving and Receiving Constructive Criticism (EAP)

Giving and receiving constructive feedback is a skill set that we can all learn. Most of us want to avoid either end of it because we have had negative, non-productive experiences. When handled in a professional, objective, helpful manner whether you are delivering or receiving constructive criticism, it can benefit both parties involved and even overflow to others.

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Improving Collaborative Effort (Teams on Purpose)

This program will be offered on two separate days to give departments an opportunity to have as many staff members attend the program as possible. (In the past, it has been brought to our attention that department supervisors would like to have all staff members attend a program but are unable to leave their department unattended.) Unity is the state of many acting as one. Unity allows individuals to contribute their knowledge, time and skills to accomplish something big as a whole and it provides a sense of achievement and camaraderie. This program will focus on energy, thinking outside of the box, maintaining open, honest communications and the importance of encouragement.

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Intervention Skills for Supervisors-Making an EAP Referral (EAP)

Learn how this valuable resource can help you retain a valued employee, possibly even turn their life around, increase performance and strengthen organizational loyalty. This program will guide you on how to stay focused on performance and keep your objectivity. Participants will review how good documentation can support performance, how to prepare for and conduct a constructive performance intervention, and how to use EAP to get maximum benefits for your employee and you. "

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Keep Stress From Stealing Your Joy (EAP)

Learn how to reduce stress during your day - anytime, anywhere, calm your mind, re-energize, focus and redirect your thoughts. Body, mind and spirit, all three are interrelated. Learn tips for dealing with added pressures that arise during the day. This program will also have a component to help you get through the stress of the upcoming holidays.

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Listening: The Key to Productivity (EAP)

This program will look at the "art of listening." There are 2 dialogues always occurring, the one we have with ourselves (internal) and the one that we have with others (external). Both play an important role in our lives and affect the outcome of all interpersonal interactions. It's one thing to hear what others say-it's another to actively listen.

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Managing Chaos (AMA)

This a full day program that will examine the sources of chaos in the workplace. Participants will exam and identify these sources in the workplace and learn which sources they can control. Participants will learn tools to use for priority planning and decision-making, The program will assist participants in creating a daily action plan for completion of the most important priorities and will help participants implement best practices for improving communications skills.

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Managing Up and Across

This program is designed for individuals who want to improve their ability to work effectively with their immediate supervisor and improving success on the job. This program will help you learn how to get clarity around your goals, deadlines and job responsibilities, how to be proactive and how to build trust between you and others.

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Networking Breakfast

This event is designed as a networking opportunity to interact and meet with colleagues. Human Resources is hoping to give new staff the opportunity to meet seasoned staff and seasoned staff an opportunity to place a face with a name and enjoy causal conversation. Breakfast will be served. Please register for this gathering.

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Networking Luncheon

This event is designed as a networking opportunity to interact and meet with colleagues. Come enjoy an after the winter break gathering. Human Resources is hoping to give new staff the opportunity to meet seasoned staff and seasoned staff an opportunity to place a face with a name and enjoy causal conversation. Lunch will be served. Please register for this gathering.

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New Employee Orientation

The session begins with refreshments and an opportunity to meet other staff new to the Skidmore community. The purpose of this program is to provide an overview of the College, which includes its mission, structure, long range goals, communication processes, as well as its policies and procedures. Attending this orientation session is beneficial and will answer many questions about the inner workings of Skidmore. The design of the program enables new employees to explore life at Skidmore through a variety of departmental presentations. Please join us for an informative morning to be followed by a welcome luncheon.

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Non-Faculty Compensation (Salaries/Wages) Review

Information session focuses on the process used to ensure Skidmore is keeping on track toward our goals. This might be of particular interest to new employees or those who would like a reminder about the process. We will review how we determine our market comparators and how the market information influences our salary band range creation/update. There will be time for questions and answers, but due to the setting, we will not be able to discuss individual situations.

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Performance Review Program

This program is designed for both exempt and non-exempt staff. The information provided in this session is focused towards new employees and those employees who have not yet had an opportunity to attend a Performance Review Orientation Program. During this program, participants will learn why Skidmore conducts Performance Reviews; what the process is like at Skidmore; how to prepare for Performance Reviews; and what the roles are for supervisors and employees in this process.

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Position Questionnaire (PQ) Process

Since 1994, Skidmore has been using a peer review committee to evaluate Exempt and Non-exempt jobs on campus. This informal program will review how and why this current system was established; describe roles of the PQ committees; introduce current committee members to participants; review the process for evaluating PQs; and answer participant's PQ related questions."

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Understanding Your Actual & Budgeted Expenses

Get acquainted with a straightforward and readily-available tool, General Ledger Viewing, which enables those who manage departmental budgets to keep up-to-date with the latest information on their revenues and expenses. This session will include a demonstration of GL viewing, and will provide an opportunity for all to ask questions about the information that is available.

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