Upcoming Events

Essential Work Skills Group Learning Program, Winter 2018 session

Date: January 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am–12:00pm
Location:

2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

Program Description: Essential Work Skills helps employees develop the skills and competencies necessary to be successful at the University of Virginia. The focus of the training series is to enhance communication skills and to increase understanding of how the workplace operates. You’ll interact with other participants during discussions and activities, learning from each other and building valuable relationships.

Audience: This program is designed as an introduction to the topic. No prior knowledge or skill is necessary. For salaried support staff members who have completed at least 12 months of service at the University and have achieved at least a rating of “Effective” in the probationary or annual performance review. Successful completion earns the employee a certificate of achievement and a one-time, base salary increase of $600 per year.

Program Requirements of the Manager: Managers are expected to nominate employees for participation in the program and sign a commitment of support. Allow the participant to be absent from work during all regularly scheduled sessions. Secure departmental funding, working with your department’s HR contact, for a one-time, $600 base salary increase for employees who successfully complete the program. Attend a graduation ceremony to recognize participants and acknowledge their support.

Program Content: Day 1: Establishing the basics Day 2: Speaking up Day 3: Staying on track: Prioritizing life and work Day 4: Exploring our differences, and library visit Day 5: Navigating Career Skills Day 6: Treating customers well: A guide to customer service Day 7: Initiating productive responses to change Day 8: Acting cool in heated situations Day 9: Leading as a team member Day 10: Setting your sights on careers at UVA, and EWS Graduation

Date and Time: Wednesdays – January 17, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, January 24, 31, 8:30-10:30 am, February 7, 9:00 am-12 noon (at the Harrison Small Institute-Special Collections Library), February 14, 21, 28, 8:30 -10:30 am, March 7, 14, 21 (make-up class day), 8:30-10:30 am, March 28, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (Newcomb Hall)

Program Deadlines and Requirements: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please complete the Nomination Form to nominate an individual for the Essential Work Skills series. Make sure to include a PTAO and supervisor’s signature. Submit the completed and signed nomination to Diane Ober.

Program Contact: Diane Ober, 434.924.0362 or dwo4q@virginia.edu

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DiSC Behavior Assessment

Date: January 23, 2018
Time: 9:00am–11:00am
Location:

2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

DiSC is a personality assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork, and communication. Increase your self-knowledge and learn how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems based on your personality style.

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Making the Leap from Peer to Manager

Date: January 25, 2018
Time: 9:00am–11:00am
Location:

2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

Transitioning from a peer to a manager can be an exciting and challenging opportunity. This class helps you identify actions you can take to position yourself for success as a manager. You’ll also learn tips on how to interact with your former peers after you step into a manager role.

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Bridging the Generation Gap

Date: February 1, 2018
Time: 3:00pm–5:00pm
Location:

2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

Our diverse workplaces include people from several generations, each of which has a rich past and a unique set of perspectives. We’ll look at various historical markers for each generation and discuss how those experiences often lead to differences in the workplace. We’ll also explore ways that each of us can help bridge the generation gap to build stronger relationships at work.

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Crucial Conversations for Managers

Date: February 6, 2018
Time: 9:00am–5:00pm
Location:

2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

Difficult conversations, if avoided, often cause chronic problems. It’s important not to avoid these conversations or to respond in an ineffective manner. Learn the components of a difficult or “crucial” conversation and approaches for effectively conducting these conversations.

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60 Minute Skills: Decision Fatigue

Date: February 7, 2018
Time: 4:00pm–5:00pm
Location:

2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

Do you ever find yourself making impulsive or careless decisions? Chances are it’s due to decision fatique, not some personal flaw or lack of skill. Making thoughtful decisions takes energy; energy that we often spend comlpleting other tasks. Join us as we explore the impacts of decision fatique and how simple changes can result in better decision-making.

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Leadership Essentials: Group Learning Program, Spring Session One

Date: February 8, 2018
Time: 8:30am–4:30pm
Location:

2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189, except for final class of each session

Program Description: This program begins with a focus on the foundations of leadership, such as creating a shared vision and trust and progresses to the nuts-and-bolts of leading as a manager. The participants interact during class discussions and activities, learning from each other and building valuable relationships.

Audience: This program is intended for new managers. No prior knowledge or skill is necessary.

Program Content: Day 1: Introduction to The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®, from The Leadership Challenge, by James Kouzes and Barry Posner Day 2: Creating a Climate of Trust, Effective Communications, and Hiring the Best Day 3: DiSC Assessment for Managers, Performance Management and Progressive Discipline Day 4: Human Resources Policy and Compliance, Delegating, and Managing Conflict Day 5: Crucial Conversations® Day 6: Inspiring and Engaging Employees, Action Planning, and Business Responsibilities Meet & Greet Day 7: Leadership Lift-Off Graduation

Pre-work is assigned before most class days.

Date and time: Thursdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 8:30am – 4:30pm and Wednesday, May 16, 9:30am – 1:00pm

Program Deadlines and Requirements: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Multicultural/Diversity Fluency: A Blended Learning Class

Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 2:30pm–5:00pm
Location:

2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

This class leads to an increased personal investment in understanding and engaging in diversity and inclusion at UVA. You’ll have 30 minutes of pre-work reading, video, and reflection followed by an in-class workshop. This experiential, lively class creates a safe space for learning more about you, others, and the culture of diversity at UVA.

Registration closes one week prior to the class. Pre-work will be emailed to all registrants.

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Time Management: Prioritizing Life & Work

Date: February 16, 2018
Time: 9:00am–12:00pm
Location:

2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

You have 24 hours per day, 168 hours per week, but where does your time go? What’s stopping you from being more productive? In this class, you will identify your time robbers and barriers to effective time management. We’ll discuss strategies for self-improvement and learn how to deal with interruptions, procrastination, and disorganization so you can be more efficient and effective in your life and at work.

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60 Minute Skills: Decision Fatigue

Date: February 21, 2018
Time: 12:00pm–1:00pm
Location:

2400 Old Ivy Road, Room 189

Do you ever find yourself making impulsive or careless decisions? Chances are it’s due to decision fatique, not some personal flaw or lack of skill. Making thoughtful decisions takes energy; energy that we often spend comlpleting other tasks. Join us as we explore the impacts of decision fatique and how simple changes can result in better decision-making.

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