Upcoming staff development workshops include emergency response orientation, collaboration

Candor, March 14: Do you sometimes struggle to communicate in the clearest possible way? Research shows that people are the happiest in workplaces where there is a strong sense of “psychological safety”. One of the most important aspects of creating that safe culture is the practice of communicating with Candor. The problem is – most of us are terrible at it! In this workshop, we will explore candor – what it is and isn’t, how your brain’s wiring has everything to do with it and play with some strategies for getting better at it.

Emergency Response Orientation, March 28: The GRCC Emergency Response Framework outlines the policies, procedures and organizational structure for response to emergencies which impact or disrupt normal operations on the GRCC campus, from inclement weather and power outages, to major incidents. This session provides an overview of that framework; reviews roles and responsibilities of departments, functional groups and personnel during emergency situations; and reviews the various communication methods used in the event of an emergency. This session is appropriate for new employees or anyone interested in a refresher on GRCC’s plan to keep our campus, staff and students safe.

FMLA: What’s in it for you?, March 28: Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Have you ever wondered if you or one of your employee’s had a “qualifying event” but were afraid to ask? In this session you will learn the various ins and outs of FMLA, intermittent FMLA, and the GRCC FMLA policy. You will also learn what a qualifying event is for you or an immediate family member and what is covered while you are on leave.

Collaboration with the Brain in Mind, April 11: Today’s most successful organizations are those that maximize their abilities to think, learn and create in collaborative ways. The challenge is that true collaboration requires high emotional intelligence and communication skills, which are often lacking in diverse work teams. Getting under the hood and understanding how the brain works can provide a helpful model for influencing and collaborating with others. In this workshop, you will learn: Some basic concepts about the social nature of the human brain; Ways in which the brain works to manage threat and reward in the workplace; How to remove several common barriers to collaboration, and strategies for creating an environment that fosters collaborative relationship and thinking.

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