Professional Development Offerings for 2016-17

As an employee of the University of Michigan-Flint, your professional growth is key to the overall success of the University.  The Human Resources Office, Information Technology Services in conjunction with the Senior Leadership, provide the following professional development opportunities on the Flint campus. Workshop clusters have been developed to address your training and development needs.  The clusters are Career Development, Performance Management, Blue Lunch Box , ITS Training and Leadership.  

To learn more about the workshops and to register Click Here

February Professional Development Offerings

February 16
Introduction to Strengthsquest

You can’t lead others until you first understand who YOU are.  Strengthsquest begins your self-awareness journey by making you understand how the things you do best can propel you to the next level.   Even better Strengthsquest also shows you how your talents interact with other skillsets and how you can knowledge to build high-performing teams.  Developed by the Gallup Corporation, the Strengthsquest assessment will reveal to you what your top 5 leadership strengths are.   With those strengths in mind, this workshop will teach you:

  • A deeper understanding for your top 5 strengths and how they interact with each other
  • The value of the strengths that other staff members possess
  • How to utilize Strengthsquest in a team-based environment
  • How to create a strengths-based personal action plan

11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Northbank Center, Park Place Room
COST: Free

March Professional Development Offerings

The Power of Strategic Questions
Knowing what questions to ask and how to ask them is a powerful tool. Strategic questioning is the skill of asking the questions that open possibilities, question assumptions, and help us shift out of stuck positions. They’re useful in times of organizational change, in learning settings, and in everyday conversations.
Wed. March 8, 2017, 8:30 am – 12 noon, Northbank Center, Park Place Room
Cost: $80
Introduction to FASAP and Stress Management (2 seats available)
This presentation provides an introductory overview of stress management techniques that can be used in daily life. Participants will practice specific stress management techniques in the class and will be encouraged to select some of these techniques for active implementation in their personal and professional lives.  The format is informal, practical and interactive. 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1 pm - 3 pm, Northbank Center, Park Place Room
Cost: Free
Performance Management Tools
New performance evaluation tools were implemented last year.  If you missed last year’s sessions or would like a “refresher” Performance Management Tools course will be offered on several dates.  Please review the schedule and pick one of the sessions to attend.  This session is open to staff managers and supervisors., Tues. March 21, 2017 9 am - 12 noon, Northbank Center, Park Place Room
COST: Free
Employee Engagement: The “Who” before the “What”
We attend conferences, watch webinars, read literature, discuss strategies and seek information on what to do about low morale and employee engagement. Explore strategies for engaging employees. Wed. March 22, 2017 8:30 am -12 noon, Northbank Center, Park Place Room
COST: Free

Improving Your Return on Investment (ROI)


(Some hints for improving your training Return on Investment (ROI)

There are many good reasons to support staff development.  Research shows that when managers provide active support, training will improve job performance 90 percent of the time.  Passive support will result in approximately 50 percent transfer of new skills.  It is also important to ensure that your staff are receiving the training that speaks to your department’s goals. 

Good News!  You can increase your ROI in employee development and improved performance by using any of the following steps.

Schedule 10 minutes to talk with your employee before and after the training. For example, you can start a conversation by asking: “Let’s talk about how to get the best return on your time, while attending this training.”

Work Plan Alignment
Take a close look at the staff member’s Work Plan and discuss the training and development action plan.  Help the staff member see how what they learned can be applied in their work.  The more dots they connect, the more valuable their new knowledge becomes.

Team Building
If you have more than one employee who has taken a course, ask employees to share key concepts or skills learned during a staff meeting or other team work activities.

Be a Coach
Remember people follow your example.  If they see you applying the concepts or skills you learned, they are more likely to do the same.  If you don’t, they won’t.  Look for ways to reinforce them on the job.