Training Center

  

   
Center for Training & Professional Development

 

Fall 2018 Schedule

The following schedule contains workshops that include topics on Manager / Supervisor Development, Professional Development, Personal Development and NIU Processes and Procedures. Training is open to all faculty, staff and students. 

Registration


September

Workshop

Logistics

Positively NIU: Making Every Interaction Count - All NIU faculty and staff play a critical role in teaching, mentoring, and caring for our students and colleagues. Balancing this focus on “high touch” services to our students, and maintaining collegial workplace relations happens while coping with multiple work demands and a sense of “doing more with less”. This workshop addresses techniques of providing excellent service to our students and colleagues, while managing stress and multiple demands.  Presented by Lesley Gilbert, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center Tues., September 18th
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

October

Workshop

Logistics

Fear: Re-training Your Brain - During this training, participants will gain an understanding of the origins of their fears and the ways in which we can manage fear. With a focus on the brain and our behaviors, the training discusses a process by which you can alter the way your brain responds to fear both in the moment and in the future. Presented by: Brian Smith, Director, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center Tues., October 2nd
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Office Ergonomics Workshop - During this workshop, participants will get a basic introduction into the basic principles of office ergonomics, identify risk factors that may contribute to injury, learn how to adjust your workstation to achieve comfort and neutral postures, and get an overview of the office ergonomic assessment request process. (PLEASE NOTE: This interactive workshop will involve a class exercise that will require collaboration in advance of the workshop with participants. Therefore pre-registration is required by Friday, September 21, 2018, as the workshop is limited to 10 participants.) Presented by: Scott Mooberry, Director, Environmental Health & Safety Thurs., October 4th
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Understanding Challenging Personalities in the Workplace - During this training, participants will learn how to identify challenging personalities in the workplace. Brian will discuss ways to better understand why these personalities may exist in the work environment. With a focus on understanding why colleagues may exhibit challenging personalities, he will share methods to respond to the challenging behaviors. Presented by: Brian Smith, Director, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center Tues., October 9th
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
I-9 Training: USCIS I-9 Form Training - This training will cover details on when and how to complete the I-9 Form. We will cover the form, section by section and go over the changes and will review the list of acceptable documents. We will also point out the common mistakes made by employees and employers when completing this form. Time will be allotted for questions and answers on the form.  Presented by: Noor Harrison, Human Resource Services Thurs., October 11th
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Managing and Handling Cash - This workshop is designed for staff with direct responsibility for handling and depositing cash and for those who manage cash operations. The session will cover procedures for handling currency, checks, and credit card transactions, issuing cash receipts, and depositing cash. We will also discuss general guidelines for achieving internal control over cash transactions, including separation of duties and other checks and balances. Presented by: Christine Monteiro, Sandra Fasnacht, Internal Audit; Nyoka Polyak, Treasury Operations Wed., October 24th
10 a.m. - noon
Combat Conflict - Conflict is normal and exists in every area of our lives. It can disrupt the normalcy and quality of life by generating fear and uncertainty. Conflict can also bring about positive growth and awareness as we engage with others. This training helps you to understand conflict, recognize personal attitudes about conflict, understand that the solution to conflict lies within you and gives you tools to deal effectively with difficult situations.  Presented by: Savili Ngovo Williams, Counselor, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center Thurs., October 25th
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Résumé and Cover Letter Writing - Whether you need to prepare your first résumé or want to brush up on your résumé writing skills, during this workshop participants will review writing tips so you can prepare a grammatically correct résumé. Bring a copy of your current résumé to the workshop, so you can ask questions. The first hour of the workshop will be the résumé writing overview, the last half hour will be for Q&A.  Presented by: Gail Jacky, Director, University Writing Center Tues., October 30th
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

November

Workshop

Logistics

Basic Interview Skills: It’s Been a While, What Should I Know? - If you find yourself thinking about going a new direction in your career, after reviewing and updating your resume, it’s time to think about interview skills.  Perhaps it has been a few years since you’ve done a job interview and you want a refresher course or maybe you’ve had a few interviews and want to know how you can improve upon your interview style.  The first part of this workshop will be informational, with the last half hour focused on practicing your interview skills.
Presented by: Lesley Gilbert, Assistant Director, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center
Thurs., November 1st
10 a.m. - noon
Coping with Change in the Workplace - This workshop will offer information and tips on how you can better understand and respond to change. This will include identifying and understanding the emotions you experience during these times, while engaging participants in a discussion of ways that they can help themselves and each other successfully navigate change.  Presented by: Brian Smith, Director, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center Tues., November 6th
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fear: Re-training Your Brain - During this training, participants will gain an understanding of the origins of their fears and the ways in which we can manage fear. With a focus on the brain and our behaviors, the training discusses a process by which you can alter the way your brain responds to fear both in the moment and in the future.  Presented by: Brian Smith, Director, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center Thurs., November 8th
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Manage Your Life - Stress is a normal part of everyone’s life and can have both positive and negative effects. This training provides a quick orientation to stress, what it is, how to recognize it in yourself and how to manage it both short-term and long-term.  Presented by: Savili Ngovo Williams, Counselor, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center Thurs., November 15th
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Power of Listening - One of the most important skills required of anyone who wants to be an excellent communicator is that of being able to listen effectively. However, there are many people who seem to lack this powerful and vital resource because listening is also one of the most difficult skills in communication. This workshop provides you with tools to listen for understanding in order to become more effective communicators.  Presented by: Savili Ngovo Williams, Counselor, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center Tues., November 20th
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Plastic’s Not Always Fantastic - Plastic is everywhere! While plastics make for incredibly useful tools in our everyday lives, it is when they are no longer useful to us and are discarded that they become problems – littering our landscapes and polluting our water systems. In this workshop, we will discuss what happens to our trash, why plastics are particularly challenging, and some ways that you can make small changes to reduce your use of plastics – especially single use disposables. Presented by: Melanie Costello, Alyssa Parker, Bethany Kautz, and Will Sutphin, Lorado Taft Campus Tues., November 27th
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Risk Management 101 - This training will cover the services provided by the Office of Risk Management which manages insurance procurement at the university and is also responsible for overall asset protection, assisting with risk assessments for university operations thus ensuring a safer living, learning and working environment. Discussion will include alcohol service at NIU events, injuries on campus, and insurance at the institution – who is covered and for what purposes/activities.  Presented by: Emily Hochstatter & Risk Management Staff, Office of Risk Management Thurs., November 29th
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

December

Workshop

Logistics

The Power of Listening - One of the most important skills required of anyone who wants to be an excellent communicator is that of being able to listen effectively. However, there are many people who seem to lack this powerful and vital resource because listening is also one of the most difficult skills in communication. This workshop provides you with tools to listen for understanding in order to become more effective communicators. Presented by: Savili Ngovo Williams, Counselor, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center Tues., December 4th
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Maintaining Your Joy in the Workplace - Studies show that employees who are happier in the workplace are likely to be more productive on the job. But, what happens when you don’t feel happy when you come in to work? This workshop is designed to help employees reflect upon what they can do to maintain their own happiness during the work day.  Presented by: Lesley Gilbert, Assistant Director, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center Thurs., December 6th
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Training is open to all faculty, staff and students
Questions / Issues: call 753-9191 or email: hrtraining@niu.edu