Workplace Learning & Development

Promoting Employee and Organizational Growth and Development
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April 2016

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Intro to Anti-Bullying (For New Faculty and Staff)

Intro to Anti-Bullying (For New Faculty and Staff)

Workshop Date: 
Friday 4/1/16
Time: 
10am - Noon
Location: 
Mullins Center

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has launched an initiative aimed at increasing understanding of the problem of workplace bullying, reducing its occurrence, and clarifying the responsibility of supervisors for ensuring a productive workplace in which all can contribute to their maximum potential.

Attendance at one of these workshops is mandatory for all faculty and staff members (including post-docs) and for graduate student employees who receive stipends. Undergraduate and graduate student hourly employees are not expected to attend.

 
 
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Change Is Coming!

Change Is Coming!

Workshop Date: 
Monday 4/4/16
Time: 
1 - 3pm
Location: 
Campus Center

Seasons change, mad things rearrange but it all stays the same. If you connected with these words then you understand the importance of resiliency. Change is inevitable. Rather than try to fight what is real, come find ways to build resilience during such fluid times. Resiliency is the ability to recover quickly from tough times. Let's learn together.

 
 
De-Ice Your Cubicle

De-Ice Your Cubicle

Series Start Date: 
Tuesday 4/5/16
Time: 
10:30am - Noon
Location: 
Campus Center
Description: 

Many of us work in a cubicle, which can pose daily challenges for us and those around us. Your cubicle does not have to feel frigid and limiting; your work space and behaviors can have a transformational impact on your productivity. In this two-part series participants will share strategies and learn new tips to warm up their cube.

Please note:   This workshop has been reduced to one date only, April 5th.  Session 2 has been canceled due to low enrollment. 

 
 
 
 
 
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ADA Accommodations - New Date!

ADA Accommodations - New Date!

Workshop Date: 
Tuesday 4/12/16
Time: 
1 - 2:30pm
Location: 
Campus Center

This workshop introduces the Office of Disability Services and discusses employee accommodation request under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Also included is an explanation of the various leave policies created by federal and state law such as the Family and Medical leave Act.

 
 
BuyWays - Requisitioning

BuyWays - Requisitioning

Workshop Date: 
Tuesday 4/12/16
Time: 
9am - 1pm
Location: 
Whitmore Building

This is hands-on training session, for UMass PO Data Entry Operators and Liaisons, covers the new BuyWays Requisitioning which will include; shopping and creating requisitions, inquiring on purchasing and payables transactions.

 
 
Fundamentals of Investing

Fundamentals of Investing

Workshop Date: 
Tuesday 4/12/16
Time: 
Noon - 1pm
Location: 
Campus Center

Are you ready to retire?  This workshop, which is part of a three part Finanical Planning for Retirement series, covers understanding the market's impact on you, creating a long-term plan, how to assemble an investment portfolio, weighing risk vs. return, how to allocate and diversify investments and keeping your investment strategy on course.  The other workshops in this series are Budget Basics and Retirement Decisions.  Participants will need to sign up for each workshop separately. 

Please note:  SERS, the ORP and GIC retiree benefits will not be covered in this workshop.

 
 
Harassment Prevention (For New Faculty and Staff)
 
 
Relax & Relieve Workday Stress

Relax & Relieve Workday Stress

Workshop Date: 
Wednesday 4/13/16
Time: 
Noon - 1:30pm
Location: 
Campus Center

At times, we all need to relieve workday stress and tension.  Learn breathing and self-massage techniques from Japanese acupressure and Swedish massage, Yoga and Dance for a healing, relaxing and energizing experieince.  This "demo and do" workshop is geared towards relieving general office work related tensions such as headaches, eyestrain, back and neck tension, and tendonitis.

 
 
Managing Time - (For Faculty Only)

Managing Time - (For Faculty Only)

Workshop Date: 
Thursday 4/14/16
Time: 
1 - 2:15pm
Location: 
Campus Center

Managing Faculty Service Session 4 of 4:  One of the common concerns about service is that it reduces the time available for other priorities.  During this session, faculty will learn strategies to manage, budget, and focus their valuable time while still doing productive and contributory work.

 
 
 
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Travel Payment Processing

Travel Payment Processing

Workshop Date: 
Tuesday 4/19/16
Time: 
9:30am - 11:30am
Location: 
Campus Center

Planning and paying for University travel, including policies and procedures, processing travel payments, and understanding PeopleSoft travel-expense reports.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion after attending one workshop.

 
 
Journal Workflow Training

Journal Workflow Training

Workshop Date: 
Wednesday 4/20/16
Time: 
10am - Noon
Location: 
Whitmore Building

This is required training for UMass staff who have been assigned the task of making adjustments to the General Ledger, such as expense transfers or cash transfers from one account to another.

 
 
Managing Others

Managing Others

Workshop Date: 
Wednesday 4/20/16
Time: 
9am - Noon
Location: 
Campus Center

Managing Others is one of the four core areas of supervisor competence presented in WLD's Supervisory Leadership Development Program (SLDP).  This workshop will provide an in-depth exploration of the many factors associated with the effective and efficient practice of managing and supervising others. While this workshop is open to all, it may be especially salient to those who have had the foundational experience of participating in SLDP.

 
 
 
 
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Stopping Workplace Bullying

Stopping Workplace Bullying

Workshop Date: 
Tuesday 4/26/16
Time: 
1pm - 4pm
Location: 
Campus Center

Have you seen behavior that hurts or undermines other staff?  Do you want to help create a campus community where everyone is respected?  We'll explore effective ways to help you stop and change hurtful behavior.  Instead of being a passive bystander - wondering what to say or do - learn new skills for change and empowerment, and become an active bystander to workplace bullying.

 
 
Tools for Tough Talks

Tools for Tough Talks

Workshop Date: 
Wednesday 4/27/16
Time: 
10am - Noon
Location: 
Campus Center

Do you ever find yourself engaged in a conversation and not see a way out? Ever wonder how you got into the conversation with such high stakes in the first place? This workshop will help us identify what conversations are crucial, how to improvise a plan of action in the moment, and the ability to implement said plan for healthier outcomes.