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Professional Development Webinars

Webinar Series: Strategies to Promote Workplace Well-Being

Webinar Series: Strategies to Promote
Workplace Well-Being

With all that’s happening in the world— the COVID-19 pandemic, global unrest over systemic injustice, economic uncertainty—our individual sense of well-being is being challenged, making it more important than ever to have intentional conversations to address these topics in the workplace.

This series of webinars aims to help you and your organization boost staff well-being through open dialogue, team-building, and a safe back-to-work plan.

Having Meaningful Conversations on Sensitive Topics 

August 19, 2020 | Noon–1 p.m.
Presented by Carolien Moors

It can be tricky to address sensitive topics on race, gender, or LGBTQ inequality. Throw together people with different backgrounds and personalities, and the challenges to meaningful and respectful communication increase. Conversations on sensitive topics can seem daunting because they often elicit strong thoughts and emotions that can expose (sometimes hidden) values, assumptions, and perspectives of coworkers that clash with our own. Yet these are necessary and urgent conversations to have with team members and between departments if your organization wants to improve equity and inclusion in the workplace.

In this webinar we’ll examine insights and share tips for:

  • establishing the right mindset.
  • tailoring facilitation techniques and skills.
  • handling delicate dynamics on the spot.
  • evaluating and improving how we facilitate sensitive conversations.

Carolien Moors, MPsych and MEd., is an organizational consultant, speaker, and leadership and team coach from the Netherlands with 30 years of experience in Europe and the United States. In her work, Moors focuses on candor, accountability, and change.

Designing a Successful Return-to-Work Plan

September 16, 2020 | Noon–1 p.m.
Presented by K. David Hirschey

As states and cities begin articulating plans to reopen workplaces, it’s critical that organizations begin planning and preparing for employees to return safely. In this webinar, we’ll look at some key considerations for designing and implementing a plan that will be successful, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Here are some essential factors we’ll discuss:

  • Establishing a return-to-work coordination team
  • Developing a plan that is individualized and flexible
  • Implementing a phased approach, including who, when, and where
  • Instituting new workplace practices
  • Rebuilding worker morale
  • Mitigating potential liability risks, including an ongoing monitoring and response plan
  • Managing individual requests and promoting employee assistance programs
  • Creating a reopening checklist

K. David Hirschey, MAIR, SPHR, provides leadership and support for organizational development, reward and recognition, and employee relations activities for emerging growth and middle-market organizations in both the public and private sectors. David has authored articles on negotiations, leadership and motivation, and consulting. 

Building Resilient Teams

October 28, 2020 | Noon–1 p.m.
Presented by Stephanie McGovern

With unexpected challenges around every turn, the need for teams to be resilient grows larger each day. Yet resilience can be elusive. Simply defined, resilience is the capacity to navigate change and stress in a way that promotes growth instead of burnout. Resilient teams are stronger and capable of taking on more and bigger challenges. So what makes the difference between teams that consistently meet challenges head on versus those that founder?

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • strategies that facilitate healthy teamwork, especially in the middle of unexpected challenges.
  • how most team leaders unknowingly sabotage teamwork.
  • key characteristics and mindsets of resilient teams.
  • how to unleash creativity and performance in the midst of a rapidly changing environment.

Stephanie McGovern, MA, applies skills and techniques honed over 20 years developing leaders, coaching, and helping create and maintain high-performing teams, among other duties, at leading manufacturing companies. She also has extensive experience in building employee ownership and commitment to organizational goals and with managing a department during times of rapid change.

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