Professional Development for Supervisors


Caring for Your Teams and Yourself During COVID-19 and Beyond

Jan. 12, 2021

This session will focus on ways to maintain your own resiliency and emotional wellbeing, while maintain that of your direct reports. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on personal responses to managing through uncertain times and to take steps to strengthen their resilience for the challenges ahead.

In the Moment – Bridging the Gaps of Race Dialogue

 Spring 2021

As the country struggles with racial tensions, polarized perspectives, and heinous acts of violence, members of our campus community are hurting, enraged, exhausted, and confused. This series of dialogue sessions is for supervisors who want to support their staff and engage in conversations that will encourage inclusion by bridging the gaps associated with our current racial tensions.

Flexible Work Arrangements – Guidance for Managers and Supervisors

Various dates beginning Nov. 11

Syracuse University recognizes and supports flexible work arrangements (“FWAs”) as a means to facilitate a productive work environment that is responsive to the changing professional and personal needs of today’s workforce. We also recognize that in this time of COVID-19 there are some unique considerations to the Flexible Work Arrangement benefit. Led by Pam Gavenda, Associate Director, Human Resources, this information session will provide an overview of FWAs for supervisors.

Managing Your Team Remotely

 Dec. 18

How do we best manage a remote and dispersed workforce?  With the current pandemic, many departments are continuing to support team members with flexible work arrangements, and more staff are working at home or in different locations.

Introduction to Emotional Intelligence for Supervisors

Dec. 21

This session will introduce the components of Emotional Intelligence, explore the personal and professional benefits of Emotional Intelligence, provide clarity for understanding the connection between Emotional Intelligence and effective supervision, identify the advantages that Emotional Intelligence can provide in the workplace, and provide strategies for supervisors to increase their own Emotional Intelligence.

Performance Partnership for Supervisors

Various dates through 2021

The Supervisor session is designed to ensure the Performance Partnership process, including both form completion and the subsequent meeting between supervisor and staff member is productive and effective.

Effective Interviewing for Supervisors

Spring 2021

This session will highlight best practices for making the most of your recruitment interviews including an overview of the talent acquisition process.  Learning when and how to collaborate with the talent acquisition team will help to ensure the best use of resources, facilitating the hiring of top talent.

Introduction to Project Management

Spring 2021

This session will cover an introduction/overview of Project Management, project teams, budgets and schedules and reporting and project closeout.

Project Management Webinars through PMI

The Project Management Institute (PMI) will be offering a few on-line webinars at no cost during the COVID-19 quarantine. To register for one of these webinars, select the course and add it to a “cart”. In order to check out, you will need to register with PMI (creating a user name and password). PMI is not charging a fee for these three workshops/webinars. There are fees for other workshops/webinars.

Crucial Conversations

Spring 2021

Crucial conversations take place in every organization every day. These are conversations where there are high stakes, differences of opinion, and strong emotion. These are conversations around work quality, time management, productivity, performance, customer satisfaction, sensitive issues, conflict, or a strained relationship, for example. Often, individuals avoid having these conversations or they do not handle them well. Either way, this leads to not getting the results you want.
Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck…

New Supervisor Orientation

Next date: TBD

As a new supervisor to the University or newly promoted supervisor of benefits-eligible staff, this New Supervisor Orientation program will provide you with information on the University and various resources available to help you navigate within your role.

Presentation and Speaking Skills

Are you looking to increase your presentation or speaking skills, or to build and/or enhance your leadership skills?  If so, then consider joining the local Toastmasters group.  More than 300,000 individuals participate in Toastmasters worldwide – it is an affordable, encouraging, and self-paced program that works, whether you are nervous about speaking in public or whether you are confident and looking to increase your skills.  See for yourself by visiting any of the Orange Orators Toastmasters group meetings – no appointment or obligation required.

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