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.  

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January Professional Development Offerings

January 5th

Create Your Plate: Using Work Life Flexstyles to Create the Life You Want 

Do you feel like your professional life and personal life are always fighting with each other?  Is taking time for yourself something that is on your to-do list but rarely ever gets crossed off?  Doing this can be difficult but there is good news: achieving work-life balance can be done! 

11:30 am –1pm, Boxed Lunch included, NBC, Park Place.  Presented by our very own Paul Artale!!! Free.

January 11th

Vocal Intelligence for Empowering Women

You have important things to share and if you do not have the confidence to do so, everybody loses. Presenting yourself with power does not mean that you are manipulative or controlling. It does mean that you have choices, can make a difference and are in control of your future.
This workshop will help you develop a more powerful image while avoiding the stereotypes of what it means to be a “powerful woman.”

1pm—4:30 pm, NBC, Carriage Room. $80 fee.

January 17th

Performance Management Tools and How to Use them Effectively

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.  In the session you will practice using a work plan and the annual evaluation.

 1pm—3 pm, NBC, Park Place. Free.

January 24th

Finance for Non-Finance Managers

Whether you are or are not a manager managing finance brings many new challenges and perhaps one of the largest is understanding financial issues. You may be expected to communicate the organization’s financial performance to your team, to contribute to discussions about how to respond to it, to plan and work to a budget and maybe even to present a business case for investment.

 8:30 am—12 noon, NBC, Park Place.  Presented by our own Nathan Watson. Free

January 31st

Introduction to Stress Management

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.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm. WS White Building, Tuscola Room. Free

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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.