If you're still using Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013, you should come see what the latest version of the world-standard productivity toolset has for you. Come learn ways to seamlessly collaborate and share documents with team members, colleagues at other institutions, contracted service providers and any other group you can think of. Get tips and tricks for how to make the upgrade easier and get productive fast on the latest software. Join HR and IT as we host the first in a series of workshops we're calling Tech Cafe. Come for the coffee and donuts, but stay for the tech. Afterwards, IT will have technical experts on hand to answer any questions you might have.
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Want to flourish at work? Whether you are an optimist, pessimist or somewhere in between, come explore the many practical and science-backed principles of authentic positivity to ignite your enthusiasm, satisfaction and happiness at work. Learn how to flip the negativity (like the daily frustrations or that difficult person) through adopting a new optimistic and resilient mindset. Awaken awareness of the automatic negative thoughts that impact one’s attitude. Take a journey to investigate the meaning you experience at work and let it inspire you to perform at your very best. Enjoy an exploration of unearthing the positives as well as discovering ways to savor them. Walk away with a tool kit of simple-to-use skills you can adopt immediately to absorb and spread positivity as a way to enhance your well-being at work and at home.
In this training, participants will gain an understanding of roles and operating principles of the Search Committee as well as understand how a strategic search process is conducted.
Learn the far-reaching implications of what gender equity at UMass Lowell means for you: equal access to all programs and scholarships; prevention of sexual violence including domestic violence; reporting responsibilities of employees who believe sexual assault or harassment may have occurred; resources and options available for possible victims; the definition of consent to sexual activity; the differences between a police investigation, Title IX investigation, and a student conduct hearing; the role of the Title IX Coordinator; and more.
Workplace conflicts can happen all too often and be a barrier to our working effectively and collaboratively. In this program we will identify the upside and downside of the 4 primary conflict styles and explore how to manage conflict effectively, including the four key elements of a learning conversation.
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In this workshop, participants will review how to plan and conduct successful interactive meetings, identify the different types of meetings, review how to structure a meeting to obtain the most effective results, determine ways to keep meetings focused and on track and practice the skills needed to keep groups focused and on task.
Active Bystanders play a key role in valuing diversity and creating an inclusive workplace. As an Active Bystander, you can make the difference by speaking up, making room for silenced voices and minimizing difficult situations. This program will provide you with the skills to empower you to take this challenging but important role.
This is a two-day course. Participants are required to attend both sessions (September 13th & September 27th).
Day 1: The course starts with the idea that happiness and health are fundamentally about strong social connections and being immersed in a strong social community. We’re going to zero in on things that build strong social ties and communities — things like compassion, empathy, how to read people’s emotions, gratitude, charity, generosity and giving.
The course emphasizes two main (scientifically-proven) keys to happiness: Strong social ties, and a sense of purpose or connection to the greater good. (From Science-Happiness-UC Berkeley)
Work, family and personal life responsibilities can feel overwhelming and it sometimes seems as if a 24 hour day simply isn't long enough to get everything done. Unfortunately, no one has yet found a way to add a 25th hour to the day, so we're all forced to do the best with the time we have. By following the principles discussed in this workshop, you may still never get everything done, but you should feel more in control of your busy life.
How the Science and Practice of Awareness Supports Well-Being and Performance...This program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. Individuals who employ the techniques of mindfulness in their work are able to monitor moment-to-moment effectiveness, respond promptly and appropriately to difficulties as they arise, and remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Participants will be introduced to meditation practices that will teach them how to be more focused, creative and resilient in all aspects of their lives.
You’ve probably experienced how easy it is to bark out orders or instructions, but so much harder to inspire employees to be their best. The hard stuff is really the soft stuff. In this workshop, you’ll learn ways to help employees reach their full potential and thereby view themselves as essential to the business. You’ll learn to build your employees’ self-worth by demonstrating appropriate authenticity, vulnerability, serving others, giving respect, reducing fear and learning from mistakes. You’ll also explore an area of growth for you to better utilize the soft stuff with your employees. Through interactive workshop activities and discussions, you’ll delve into these concepts and learn how to apply them to your own leadership experiences. By doing so, you’ll then experience the wonderful benefit of improving not only team dynamics, but also work creativity, innovation and performance.
Day 2: Continuation of Day 1.
Reminder: This is a two-day course. Participants are required to attend both sessions (September 13th & September 27th).
Leaders as Coaches
This program is based on the proven principles found in Dr. Stephen R. Covey¿s best-selling business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This program helps your organization achieve sustained superior results by focusing on making individuals and leaders more effective. Participants gain hands-on experience, applying timeless principles that yield greater productivity, improved communication, strengthened relationships, increased influence, and laser-like focus on critical priorities. This 10.5-hour program will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9, 16 and 23. Participants must commit to the entire sequence of dates and times to receive a certificate.
A woman's guide to financially ever after. Financial knowledge for women nearing retirement, retirement strategies that work, steps to getting finances on track to help reach ideal retirement in 10 to 15 years, the unique characteristics of retirement plans from 403(b)s to IRAs to annuities.
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While no single conversation is guaranteed to change the trajectory of a career, a company, a relationship or a life - any single conversation can. A fierce conversation is one in which we come out from behind ourselves into the conversation and make it real. Learn and apply the 7 principles of fierce conversations to overcome barriers to meaningful communication, increase clarity and improve understanding and handle strong emotions.
In this workshop, participants will learn to identify factors that contribute to holiday stress; determine coping strategies that promote well-being throughout the season; practice techniques for keeping expectations realistic; make a self-care plan and learn relaxation techniques.
This workshop will help participants: rediscover their creative ability; develop a creative attitude and learn to see every problem as an opportunity and identify road blocks that prevent creative thinking.
Foundation of Investing: understanding the role of investing, protecting against various risks, augmenting traditional savings programs to help accelerate retirement savings, the products and the tools available to manage a growing portfolio.
Are you looking for tips on how best to talk with your manager(s) about your working relationship and what needs to get done? Do you need help with juggling demands from multiple managers and discussing the realities of your workload? The relationship between an employee and his/her supervisor is a critical one. In this workshop, you will learn tools and techniques to better understand your manager's goals and preferred work style. This is a great workshop for those who want to increase their effectiveness by maximizing their relationships with their supervisor(s).
Departmental Training Workshop. Please contact Lee Ann Alden (43458) should you have any questions.