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Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance

Friday, December 6, 2019

9 am – 3:30 pm

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University

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Work-life balance is a term commonly used to describe the balance that a working individual needs between time allocated for work and other aspects of life. Work- life balance is essential to combat stress, ensuring both individual and company success. The stress associated with unbalanced lifestyles is costly; it damages productivity and increases individual health risks. Understanding the benefits of a healthy balanced life will motivate anyone to make necessary changes. Time management is crucial to an effective work-life balance. Effectively assessing and managing time can help bring balance to life in and out of the office. Working towards clear goals will also help focus energy and reduce the stress that comes with not having a clearly defined purpose. Employees who have the tools to balance their professional and personal lives are happier, healthier, and more productive. Companies that include work-life balance as part of their culture will be able to better attract and retain qualified candidates.

Module One: Getting Started

  • Workshop Objectives

Module Two: Benefits of a Healthy Balance

  • Why It’s Important
  • Increased Productivity
  • Improved Mental and Physical Health
  • Increased Morale

Module Three: Signs of an Imbalance

  • Health Risks
  • Absenteeism
  • Burnout9
  • Stress

Module Four: Tips in Time Management

  • The Urgent/Important Matrix
  • Learn to Say No
  • Stay Flexible
  • 80/20 Rule

Module Five Goal Setting

  • The Three Ps
  • SMART Goals
  • Visualization
  • Prioritizing Your Goals

Module Six: Optional Ways to Work

  • Telecommuting
  • Job Sharing
  • Job Redesign
  • Flex Time

Module Seven: At Work

  • Leave Home Stress at Home
  • Break up Large Tasks
  • Delegate
  • Set Accurate Goals

Module Eight: At Home

  • Leave Work Stress at Work
  • Turn Your Phone Off
  • Take Some “Me” Time
  • Maintain Your Boundaries

Module Nine: Stress Management

  • Exercise30
  • Eating Well
  • Getting Enough Sleep
  • Self-Assessment

Module Ten: Working in a Home Office

  • Setting Up a Home Office
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Dealing with Distractions
  • Make a Schedule and Stick to It

NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participants shortly before the class date. 

REFUND POLICY:
In-Person Class Refund Policy: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting.

 

Career Development: Taking Ownership of Your Career Path

Career Development: Taking Ownership of Your Career Path

Friday, November 15, 2019

9 am – 3:30 pm

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University

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In this workshop, we will look at how to assess your strengths and your transferable competencies by answering the question:  What skills do I have today that will carry forward to my next employment and what skills do I still need to develop?

We will:

look at the Big Seven Skills Gap in the workplace today: Teamwork, Communication, Analytic Thinking, Creativity, Agility, Organization, Cultural Awareness (Committee for Economic Development). We will discuss how to do a personal assessment of these skills and others and how you can prepare to develop the skills in most demand.

Second, create a career strategy by considering the kind of positions or roles would you like to fill in the next five years.

Third, research these target positions and check out the job requirements to find the needed skills, experience, and training. Finally, ask what you need to do now to be ready for your target job and career goal.

We will also offer tips on building your career through seeking out and creating powerful and effective relationships within your personal network.  Some of these tips include identifying thought leaders and visionaries in your industry and following them. You may routinely and intentionally find people you respect and can serve as accountability partners including mentors who will challenge you and champion you on your career path. Learn to be selective in your networking activities so there is time to establish real relationships and genuinely demonstrate your value to select members in your network. Use social media wisely. Remain curious, keep a global perspective, and be willing and able to be agile and flexible.  Come and participate in the dynamic, interactive learning experience.

Module One: Five Tips for Building Your Career

  • Tip One: Find mentors who will challenge and champion you
  • Tip Two: Identify thought leaders to keep current what is trending
  • Tip Three: Genuinely demonstrate your value to select members in your network
  • Tip Four: Clearly define your top five strengths and be able to communicate them concisely
  • Tip Five: Know your transferable competencies as one of your best assets moving forward

Module Two: How do I assess and develop my Professional Skills?

  • Master List of Professional Skills
  • Self Directed Assessment Tools
  • Determining Which Skills I Need to Develop
  • Creating a Plan for Developing the Skills I Need

Module Three: Communication

  • Ways We Communicate
  • Improving Nonverbal Communication
  • Listening
  • Openness and Honesty

Module Four: Teamwork

  • Identifying Capabilities
  • Get Into Your Role
  • Learn the Whole Process
  • The Power of Flow

Module Five: Problem-Solving and Analytical Thinking

  • Define the Problem
  • Generate Alternative Solutions
  • Evaluate the Plan
  • Implementation and Re-Evaluation

Module Six: Time Management

  • The Art of Scheduling
  • Prioritizing
  • Managing Distractions
  • The Multitasking Myth

Module Seven: Attitude and Work Ethic

  • What Are You Working For?
  • Caring for Others vs Caring for Self
  • Building Trust
  • Work Is Its Own Reward

Module Eight: Adaptability/Flexibility

  • Changing to Manage Process
  • Changing to Manage People
  • Showing You’re Worth Your Weight in Adaptability

Module Nine: Self-Confidence (Owning It)

  • Confident Traits
  • Self-Questionnaire
  • Surefire Self-Confidence Building Tactics
  • Build Up Others

Module Ten: Creativity and the Ability to Learn

  • Wow, You Mean I’m Not Perfect?
  • Listen with an Open Mind
  • Analyze and Learn
  • Clear the Air and Don’t Hold Any Grudges

Module Eleven: Networking

  • Redefine Need
  • Identifying Others’ Interests
  • Reach Out
  • When to Back Off

NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participants shortly before the class date. 

REFUND POLICY:
In-Person Class Refund Policy: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting.

 

 

Understanding Legal Issues in Human Resources

Understanding Legal Issues in Human Resources

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

At the Enterprise Center at Salem State University

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This program will give an overview of legal topics relating to employees and provide best practice tips for business owners and human resources professional during the hiring, evaluation, discipline and termination processes.  This program will allow professionals to respond to the challenges businesses face with employees.  The course will provide attendees with the basics and will reinforce those attending who have existing knowledge of Massachusetts and relevant federal employment laws along with tips for best practices in high-risk areas.  This interactive class will include hypothetical cases and open class discussions. Attendees will receive written resources to assist them beyond the classroom environment.

Topics for this course will include:

  •  Best Practices for Hiring and Dealing with Wage and Hour Issues
  •  Managing And Documenting Employee Performance and Discipline
  •  Handling Employee Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment Claims
  •  Recognizing the Legal Issues Related to High-Risk Terminations

This one-day course will provide invaluable information to business owners, office managers, managers, human resource professionals and attorneys who advise businesses.

Our Instructor, Maureen Louise Pomeroy, Esq., in an experienced employment law attorney with senior level certifications from several human resources organizations.

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NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participants before the class date.

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting.

Please call Andrea DiVirgilio at 978-542-6302 for more information

 

 

Women’s Leadership Mastermind: Discover Your Higher Purpose as a Woman in Leadership

Women’s Leadership Mastermind

Discover Your Higher Purpose as a Woman in Leadership!

November 6, 2019 – April 1, 2020 (Revised Schedule)
(12 Sessions plus one-on-one support and coaching)

The Enterprise Center at Salem state University

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Space is limited – Register now

The Purpose-Driven Women’s Leadership Development Program provides a unique opportunity for women leaders to explore a different paradigm for their leadership role – an awakened and soul-centered approach to leadership. This program combines the practical with more spiritual and humanistic approaches to leading and inspiring others to optimal performance and impact. It provides an overview of essential skills, beliefs, and characteristics for leading others in our new world of work.  Women leaders intuitively understand to the call to action as stated in the 2018 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Report.

Organizations are no longer assessed based only on traditional metrics such as financial performance, or even the quality of their products or services. Rather, organizations today are increasingly judged on the basis of their relationships with their workers, their customers, and their communities, as well as their impact on society at large – transforming them from business enterprises into social enterprises.”

This innovative  six-month program provides a supportive learning environment for mid to senior level women leaders. Developed as a boardroom-style, collaborative learning experience, this Mastermind is facilitated by an experienced executive coach and guide.

Course Schedule:  6 In-Person Sessions
8:30 am – 12 pm
November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 4, April 1

6 Live Virtual Sessions (Date/Time TBD)
90 Minutes Each
Apply Learning and Receive Feedback, dialogue with peers and coach, and  much more…

One-on-One Virtual Support
Post questions for discussion and feedback, use as a journal, just-in-time coaching, access tools and job aids

Who should attend:
Women in leadership roles at the mid to senior level who want to take on a new role, expand their current role, build more confidence, discover their higher purpose as a leader, and advance their careers.

Agenda:
Month 1 The Changing Role of Leadership – An Evolving World of Work

  • Examining the assumptions of an outdated model
  • Acknowledging changing workforce and societal expectations
  • Envisioning a new workplace
  • Integrating the spiritual dimension of the feminine energies with the masculine energies to define a more holistic view of leadership

Months 1 & 2 Self-Management – The Foundation for Effective Leadership

  • Creating a leadership vision
  • Uncovering your current leadership identity
  • Discovering personal paradigms
  • Releasing old “conditioning”
  • Self-Management – The Foundation for Effective Leadership (cont.)
  • Managing your leadership presence
  • Managing priorities
  • Managing conflict – understanding triggers and how they operate in you and your team
  • Dealing with resistance – clearing the path for success
  • Inspiring vs motivating – the crucial difference

Months 2 & 3 Team Leadership – Supporting Your Team to Create Value and Impact

  • Examining the characteristics of high performing teams
  • Assessing your team
  • Creating a clear line of sight
  • Stepping into the role of leader as coach
  • Inspiring individual performance

Months 4 & 5 Organizational Leadership – Shaping the Workplace

  • Building and nurturing workplace culture (How your organization does everything)
  • Aligning organizational processes
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Performance Management
  • Career Development
  • Cultivating the work environment – Managing a work environment where your team can do their optimal work and where everyone thrives

Month 6 The Leading Edge of Leadership – The Future Role of Leaders and Leadership Development

  • Examining and integrating more comprehensive frameworks: Conscious Leadership, Neuroscience, Spiritual Evolution
  • Your role as change agent – inside and beyond your organization
  • Managing your development and evolution as a leader
  • Leadership Launch and Closing Activities

NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participants shortly before the class date. 

REFUND POLICY:
In-Person Class Refund Policy: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting.

Online Class Refund Policy:  In the case of a Salem State Online class, 100% refund before the scheduled start date. No refunds once the Salem State Online class begins. For all other online classes (Gatlin, Ed2go, or MindEdge) no refunds of any kind will be issued). Please call Andrea DiVirgilio at 978-542-6302 for more information

 

 

Creativity and Innovation

Creativity and Innovation

Friday, November 1, 2019

9 am – 3:30 pm

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University

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According to Steve Jobs, Innovation has nothing to do with how many R & D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.

Massachusetts was recently ranked second (after California) as the most innovative state in the United States, according to the Bloomberg US State Innovation Index.

Creative thinking is the foundation for innovation; innovation is the process that transforms creative ideas into products, services, and processes.  We want to cultivate the ability to imagine and generate new ideas with enough speed and agility to successfully implement them in our new complex and matrixed marketplace. Think about what problems your customers are trying to solve.  How might you help them find new answers to old problems? There is no such thing as a perfect plan.  Assume that your first idea is partially right and partially wrong, then go out and learn and reassess your approach. Innovators question, observe, network and experiment. These four actions trigger associative thinking, which help to put ideas together to create something new.

Module One: Getting Started

  • Workshop Objectives

Module Two: What Is Creativity?

  • Divergent Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Imagination and Inspiration
  • Something Out of Nothing

Module Three: Getting Inspired

  • Introspection
  • Read More
  • Removing the Mental Block
  • Art Inspires Art

Module Four: Beating Procrastination

  • Get Rid of Clutter
  • Self-Imposed Limitations
  • Build on Small Successes
  • Don’t Start at the Beginning

Module Five: Improving Your Creative Mindset (I)

  • Open Mind
  • Do Not Judge
  • Positive Mindset
  • Ask Why?

Module Six: Improving Your Creative Mindset (II)

  • Make Associations
  • Keep a Journal
  • Question Assumptions
  • Creative Confidence

Module Seven: Curiosity

  • Spark Your Curiosity
  • Curiosity is the Engine of Creativity
  • Engage
  • Ask Open-Ended Questions

Module Eight: Take Risks

  • Be Confident
  • Scared to Fail?
  • Fake It Till You Make It
  • Afraid to Be Judged

Module Nine: Think Like a Child

  • Daydream
  • Be Curious
  • Play Games
  • Experiment

Module Ten: Environmental Factors

  • Work Area
  • Additional Environments
  • Get Enough Sleep
  • Variables

Module Eleven: Individual Brainstorming

  • Generate A Lot of Ideas
  • Mind Mapping
  • Visualization
  • Organize and Bring Ideas Together

NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participants shortly before the class date. 

REFUND POLICY: 

In-Person Class Refund Policy: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting.

 

 

Business Writing and Grammar Skills

Business Writing and Grammar Skills

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

9 am – 3:30 pm

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Improve your written communication skills in one day.  Review grammar rules and guidelines, and how to polish your written documents to make them more powerful and professional.

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Agenda:

  • Topic One: Brainstorming and Outlining
  • Topic Two: Improving Your Grammar and Spelling Skills
  • Topic Three: Introductions and Conclusion
  • Topic Four: Competence, Character, and Charisma
  • Topic Five: Formatting Choices
  • Topic Six: Editing and Proofreading

NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participants shortly before the class date. 

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting.

In the case of a Salem State Online class, 100% refund before the scheduled start date. No refunds once the Salem State Online class begins. For all other online classes (Gatlin, Ed2go, or MindEdge) no refunds of any kind will be issued). Please call Andrea DiVirgilio at 978-542-6302 for more information

 

 

Negotiating with Finesse

Negotiating with Finesse

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University

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This course examines ways we can build a productive dialogue in both our day to day interactions and formal negotiations.

At its core, understanding and applying negotiation principles help us communicate constructively, create a positive frame of reference, and help open up as many options as possible.  We will learn to create a conversation around designing a complete list of possible options before jumping to what may be premature and insufficient immediate solutions. When people trust each other, they are more likely to communicate accurately their needs, positions, and the facts of the situation.  In contrast, when people do not trust each other, they are more likely to engage in positional bargaining, to use threats, and to commit themselves to tough positions.

We will look at how to assess and understand the feelings and attitudes of all parties, and how they may bias our interactions while negotiating.  This workshop is designed to provide many opportunities to practice these skills using actual scenarios including an invitation to discuss your own real-world situations for immediate takeaways.

Module One: Getting Started

  • Workshop Objectives

Module Two: Understanding Negotiation

  • Types of Negotiations
  • The Three Phases
  • Skills for Successful Negotiating

Module Three: Getting Prepared

  • Establishing Your WATNA and BATNA
  • Identifying Your WAP
  • Identifying Your ZOPA
  • Personal Preparation

Module Four: Laying the Groundwork

Module Five: Phase One — Exchanging Information

  • Getting Off on the Right Foot
  • What to Share
  • What to Keep to Yourself

Module Six: Phase Two — Bargaining

  • What to Expect
  • Techniques to Try
  • How to Break an Impasse

Module Seven: About Mutual Gain

  • Three Ways to See Your Options
  • About Mutual Gain
  • Creating a Mutual Gain Solution
  • What Do I Want?
  • What Do They Want?
  • What Do We Want?

Module Eight: Phase Three — Closing

  • Reaching Consensus
  • Building an Agreement
  • Setting the Terms of the Agreement

Module Nine: Dealing with Difficult Issues

  • Being Prepared for Environmental Tactics
  • Dealing with Personal Attacks
  • Controlling Your Emotions
  • Deciding When It’s Time to Walk Away  39

NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participants shortly before the class date. 

REFUND POLICY:
In-Person Class Refund Policy: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting.

Drones for Municipalities: What You Need to Know in Order to Fly (Hands-on Workshop)

Drones for Municipalities:  What You Need to Know in Order to Fly!

(Hands-on Workshop)

Monday, May 13, 2019

(Rain Date, Wednesday, May 15, 2019)

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Digital Geography Laboratory, 325 Meier Hall

Salem State University

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This one day, hands-on workshop will help municipalities know what drones can do for municipal work and what you need to know before you fly. The central themes of the workshop are:

  • To learn about the current uses of drones for municipalities
  • To learn about how different departments in government can use drones with special focus on the Department of Public Works and Department of Public Safety
  • To learn about the different drones currently available
  • To learn about the necessary software to fly drones and create imagery
  • To learn about the legal aspects of flying drones and the FAA requirements
  • To learn how to get a Remote Pilot’s license
  • To learn about additional needs, such as insurance
  • To gain hands-on experience on how to set up a drone project, fly the drone, produce final imagery through various software packages.

Part of the day will include lecture and discussion and part of the day will include field work with hands-on exercises. By the end of the workshop you will have all of the information necessary to set up a drone program for your town government.

This workshop will be taught by:

Dr. Stephen Young is a Full Professor of geography and specializes in remote sensing and environmental sustainability. Dr. Young has worked with satellites for over 30 years with over a dozen publications. He has been flying drones and teaching with drones for the past two year and is FAA certified as a Remote Pilot.

Mr. Richard Ames is a GIS professional with over 25 years’ experience in the municipal and private sectors.  In addition to an undergraduate degree in Cartography/GIS from Salem State, Mr. Ames holds a MA in GIS and International Development from Clark University.  Mr. Ames established Natick’s drone program and became an FAA certified pilot in September of 2016.

Sergeant Christos G. Zamakis is a member of the Peabody Police Department and is currently assigned to the Research and Development/Training Division. Sergeant Zamakis has earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from Salem State, and is currently enrolled in the Geo-Information Science master’s program at Salem State University. In his master’s program Sergeant Zamakis is studying drone use for police departments.

Business Writing and Grammar Skills

Business Writing and Grammar Skills

Friday, March 1, 2019

9 am – 3:30 pm

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Improve your written communication skills in one day.  Review grammar rules and guidelines, and how to polish your written documents to make them more powerful and professional.

Register Now

Agenda:

  • Topic One: Brainstorming and Outlining
  • Topic Two: Improving Your Grammar and Spelling Skills
  • Topic Three: Introductions and Conclusion
  • Topic Four: Competence, Character, and Charisma
  • Topic Five: Formatting Choices
  • Topic Six: Editing and Proofreading

NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participants shortly before the class date. 

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting.

In the case of a Salem State Online class, 100% refund before the scheduled start date. No refunds once the Salem State Online class begins. For all other online classes (Gatlin, Ed2go, or MindEdge) no refunds of any kind will be issued). Please call Andrea DiVirgilio at 978-542-6302 for more information

 

 

CANCELLED – Human Resources Bootcamp

Next Class, October 5 & 6, 2017

This is a great introduction to the fundamentals of employment law and the different areas of law that human resource professionals must understand for their day-to-day practices. Best practices and key written policies will also be reviewed. All attendees will receive additional information and resources.

Refreshments, lunch and all materials are included in the cost of the course.

NOTE: A parking permit will be emailed to all registered/paid participant shortly before the class date.

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before the first class meeting. 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting. In the case of a Salem State Online class, 100% refund before the scheduled start date. No refunds once the Salem State Online class begins. For all other online classes (Gatlin, Ed2go, or MindEdge, no refunds of any kind will be issued). Please call Andrea Swirka at 978-542-6302 for more information.