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

Improving Your Return on Investment (ROI)

WHY YOU SHOULD ENCOURAGE YOUR STAFF TO ATTEND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES

(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.