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Competency Based Programs
Valuing Work, Wellesley College’s integrated program of performance management, employee development and compensation for administrative staff, identifies nine competencies that are important for successful performance at Wellesley. The following programs have been selected to further develop expertise in these areas.
Especially for supervisors/managers
Managing to Maximize Employee Engagement
An engaged employee is involved, enthusiastic, and cares about furthering their organization’s mission. Research shows a positive correlation between employee engagement and desirable business outcomes such as customer service satisfaction, productivity and retention of talent. This seminar will provide managers with strategies to increase employees’ positive relationship with their organization and colleagues. Participants will conduct research, examine three engagement theories, and create their own theory of employee engagement.
Bringing out the Best in People: Positive Management Techniques
Are you tired of managing weakness and focusing on performance deficits? Would you like a more positive team atmosphere? This seminar will provide managers with tools for identifying and focusing on their employees’ talents and strengths. The ratio of positive to negative feedback will be examined as a motivator vs. de-motivator. Additionally, managers will explore how to be the positive workplace contagion and how to engage others through positivity.
Leading Effective Teams
Being part of a successful team can be wonderfully fulfilling. Being part of a failing or dysfunctional team can be challenging and miserable. Leading teams successfully requires a specific set of people and management skills. This workshop will address the problems that most frequently disrupt teams, and teach skills and techniques that can be used to improve dynamics. Participants will learn the characteristics of effective teams, techniques to minimize and manage interpersonal conflicts, and ways to keep team members motivated and focused.
Management 101: Management Training for the Newer Manager
This program will address the basic elements of management for the new manager. Topics to be addressed include transitioning to the managerial role, communication skills for managers, and supervising troubled employees. Each component of the program will provide managers with specific skills and strategies, and exercises to practice skills.
Programs for all administrative staff members
Best Practices to Facilitate Meetings
Communicating effectively is a skill that requires a lifelong commitment to self-awareness, and heeding feedback from others. Of course you know how to communicate- it’s second nature- but when we feel we could have made our point clearer or were misunderstood, we have an opportunity to learn new skills to improve our professional and personal relationships. As a meeting facilitator, your role is to create a forum where communication is lively, engaging and on topic. This seminar will address the question: Why are some meetings engaging and fun? We will explore the value of meetings, your role as facilitator or meeting member, and what you can do to keep energy up.
Persuasive Presentations: Tips and Techniques for Public Speaking
Public speaking is frequently ranked as the number one fear for adults- coming in higher than fear of death! Yet speaking publicly is increasingly becoming a requirement for many jobs. Luckily, effective public speaking is not magic. There are specific skills that enhance presentation delivery, strategies for program development, and tips for converting speaker anxiety into energy. This interactive workshop provides participants with practical tools for public speaking in any setting.
Reaching Inside: Motivating Ourselves
Workplace motivation is essential to success, as evidenced by the deluge of articles targeted at managers looking to motivate their employees. Yet we cannot always rely on a manager to motivate us-we must take control and responsibility for motivating ourselves. Some days that’s easier said than done. When conditions aren’t optimal (i.e. we’re bored or overwhelmed), we need sure-fire strategies for boosting self motivation. This seminar will provide employees with guaranteed tips for increasing motivation and positivity in the workplace.
According to Gallup, the most important predictor of employee engagement is whether or not the employee knows what is expected of them every day. Do you know what’s expected of you? IF not, attend this seminar to learn how to manage upward in order to get more from your relationship with your manager. When we manage upward we receive better and more frequent feedback, understand expectations and know our priorities. Come to this seminar to learn how to better manage your manager.
Working Smarter (Not Harder)
We all wish we had one more hour in the day. While a day is, and always will be, 24 hours, there are ways to maximize those hours to create greater productivity. This seminar is a must for anyone who wishes they could better focus, attend to details, minimize distractions, and have better quality control.
**Diversity and Inclusion Training: We are currently in the planning stages of a summer seminar series, focusing on various aspects of diversity and inclusion. The sessions will be a blend of concepts, skills, and personal leadership development. The faculty for this series will be equally as diverse, drawing on the talents and expertise of speakers from on and off campus. Our goal is to provide a set of experiences that will challenge, stimulate and inform participants, while encouraging them to “lean in” to the work and have some fun. More information regarding this series will be sent in the coming weeks.
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Description: All employees will receive an email invitation to go on to meQuilibrium. Stress is part of life and one of the top health risks for Wellesley College faculty and staff. It can make us cranky, tired, and even make us sick. But stress can be managed. We are excited to announce meQuilibrium - a new Healthy You initiative. It is a free program offered to employees and their spouses. You can use it anywhere, anytime - in the privacy of your home or office -24/7 - it is there for you.
MeQuilibrium is a personalized online stress management system that targets your individual causes and symptoms of stress and teaches you specific skills to get a handle on all of the emotional, physical and lifestyle imbalances that keep you from feeling your best. The program is online so you can access it whenever and wherever you choose.
Spring 2014 - Healthy You Benefits Fair
Meet with your coach - earn $75
Receive your FitBit valued at $100 (If you have not already received one through the Walking Challenge)
Join a walking group - be part of the College-wide Walking Challenge