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Registering for Professional Development Courses

Organization & Professional Development offers a variety of skills courses for employees. All of our currently available courses are listed in the Course Catalog below.

To register:

  1. Visit connectcarolina.unc.edu
  2. Log in with your UNC ONYEN and password
  3. Select Self Service from the drop-down at the top of the screen
  4. Click on the “My Training” tile
  5. On the left side menu, choose “Request Training Enrollment”
  6. From there, you can search by course name, course number, location, or date to see all available training programs.
Please note that permanent employees will soon register for professional development courses using the new “Carolina Talent” Leaning module — to be implemented in July, 2020.  Please visit hr.unc.edu/carolinatalent for more details.

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Professional Development

In today’s work world, we often need to work in groups of people who have many differences, and yet are supposed to seamlessly form an effective team. We have all heard the term “teambuilding,” and at one point or another most of us have gone through a teambuilding process, whether we know it or not.

But what exactly is teambuilding and how can it be successfully used to help diverse groups work together more effectively? Understanding the main building blocks and development stages of teams can give any group of people the right tools to form a cohesive and productive group.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe the seven practices of highly effective teams
  • Identify your own strengths
  • Identify your areas for improvement
  • Describe 10 common team problems
  • Identify what you can do to avoid the 10 most common team problems
  • Identify ways to work effectively with others
  • Describe how conflict forms
  • Describe how individual backgrounds can lead to issues in the workplace
  • Identify ways to adapt based on peoples’ behavior styles

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2020 
Time:  12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

In work and life, successful people avoid making excuses, and instead take responsibility for their actions. “It’s not my fault,” and “I can’t believe they did this to me” exemplify that type of thinking that holds people back. We all think that way sometimes, and the key is to catch ourselves, look in the mirror, and turn that thinking around. This workshop defines what it means to be accountable, and offers some tips to help people build accountability into their own lives.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify your current level of accountability
  • Describe how you respond to problems in the organization
  • Identify ways to change your thinking
  • Describe how to use the “accountability ladder” to assess where you stand in terms of accountability
  • Describe common accountability issues
  • Identify how to avoid blaming others
  • Describe the reasons people procrastinate
  • Identify strategies to overcome procrastination and blaming
  • Identify the “question behind the question”
  • Describe how to put yourself in charge of the problems you face
  • Describe what it means to be a leader of your own life

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

For the first time in history, there is the possibility that an organization can have four distinct generations in the workforce. While we need to be careful not to make too many generalizations about different age groups, it is helpful to categorize some aspects of each group’s behavior, needs and working styles to promote working relationships built on mutual understanding.

This session will provide each participant with the understanding of the different working styles, preferences and how each generation expects to be treated as employees. By understanding these differences, each person can contribute to the success of the team and organization regardless of generation.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Recognize the generational differences of Seniors, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials
  • Understand the strengths and challenges each generation brings to a team
  • Create a personal development plan for working successfully with multiple generations

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Trust is an essential component of successful relationships both at work and in one’s personal life. By establishing yourself as a person in whom others can put their trust, you can position yourself for greater personal happiness and professional success. Earning trust can take time and is not always easy, however. This workshop will describe several practices that help people build personal trust and credibility.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe trust as a long-term strategy
  • Identify the difference between trust and persuasiveness
  • Identify the three components of earning trust
  • Describe how empathy can help you earn trust
  • Describe how honesty can help you earn trust
  • Describe how reliability can help you earn trust
  • Identify ways to overcome common trust barriers
  • Describe ways to overcome difficult past experiences
  • Describe ways to overcome fear of getting hurt

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Communication is part of your everyday life, yet the chances are that you have never examined what makes communication more or less effective. From practical conversations with co-workers to how you present yourself to supervisors and customers, learning communication skills is essential to succeeding in the workplace.

This class will provide an introduction to key fundamental skills and attitudes that enable you to stay in dialogue even when it is challenging. You will improve your skills at clarifying your motives, expressing your message to increase understanding, helping others engage in respectful dialogue, listening deeply, and getting a derailed conversation back on track. Skill practice will reinforce these essential tools so that you can apply them with confidence.

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Conflict can be a source of anxiety and pain or an opportunity for growth and development. The management of conflict (not its avoidance) is absolutely essential for innovation, diversity, healthy team performance, and organizational effectiveness. This interactive class presents a variety of skills and approaches that can be used in different situations where conflicts arise.

These skills are appropriate for addressing issues between peers, between managers and direct reports, and with customers. You will identify behavioral styles, perceptions, and tools for managing and dealing with conflict. Emphasis will be placed on effective communication skills that help both you and the other person focus on collaborative solutions.

Session 1
Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Online

Session 2
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Change is all around us and often occurs in a blink of an eye.  Therefore, it is important that we understand our Change IQ and how you deal with change. Through this discovery, you will be able to identify and overcome many of your change resisters. We will also discuss the different types of people you may encounter when dealing with change, and ways you can help them also embrace change.

Course Objectives:

  • Discover and evaluate your own Change IQ
  • Define change and learn best practices for the various change phases
  • Influence other’s Change IQ by determining their change mindset
  • Identify your resisters to change and ways of overcoming barriers
  • Determine the change characters you will encounter and ways of helping them embrace change
  • Evaluate change models to find ways to move your change forward

Session I
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: Online

Session 2
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

In today’s increasingly competitive business climate, there is a need for continuous innovation and value-added solutions. Individuals and organizations alike are discovering that new ideas have become the global currency of the future. Unfortunately, though, as adults, we often limit our thinking and problem solving to fit known patterns and solutions by creating boundaries around our problems and circumstances. Enhancing our creativity can help us break through these boundaries.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify the basics of creativity and innovation
  • Describe the benefits of creativity
  • Describe the most common obstacles to creativity
  • Identify the conditions that promote creativity
  • Identify your unique thinking style
  • Describe your specific blocks to creativity
  • Describe how to use the idea matrix to generate creativity
  • Describe the role of humor in creativity
  • Describe ways to overcome obstacles such as fear, unproductive assumptions and beliefs about yourself, and difficulty adopting new perspectives
  • Identify techniques to stretch your imagination and increase overall creativity

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Understanding your leadership and team player styles will enhance your ability to use your strengths to your advance while also understanding when you overuse each style how they can quickly become one of your weaknesses.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the three leadership concepts
  • Develop your definition of leadership
  • Identify your personal leadership & team player styles
  • Determine the strengths, weaknesses, and effectiveness of each leadership & team player style

Session I
Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2
Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, December, 9, 2020
Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Why is interpersonal communication important? Personal success depends on our ability to communicate. Effective human relations depend on our communication skills. Overall, interpersonal communication skills are necessary for understanding and for action. This workshop explores interpersonal skills and techniques necessary for successful interactions.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify the characteristics of poor communication
  • Describe your experience with people who do not communicate well
  • Identify the characteristics of effective communication
  • Describe your experience with people you consider excellent communicators
  • Describe the importance of listening
  • Identify barriers to effective listening
  • Describe techniques to overcome those barriers
  • Describe the importance of communicating with whole messages
  • Describe the dangers of contaminated messages
  • Describe the dangers of partial messages

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Learning how to deliver high-impact feedback is critical for helping employees build good working relationships, apply effective communication approaches, and achieve positive results at work.  Both the feedback giver and receiver must learn to listen for understanding to minimize common negative or defensive feelings.

Course Objectives:

  • Support employee’s job performance, growth, and development by providing effective feedback
  • Build authentic, trusting relationships with employees that show you have their best interest in mind
  • Identify opportunities and create a culture of seeking feedback and giving feedback to others
  • Recognize how to handle, reduce, or eliminate unnecessary defensiveness or negative emotions that accompany feedback discussions

Session I
Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2
Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

There is a difference in being motivated and being engaged in the workplace. Sure, you may be motivated to come to work each day for the paycheck, but are you truly engaged in what you are doing? Stars tend to be internally motivated to begin with, but put that motivation together with truly being engaged in what you do and you have the formula for capturing the most “prizes” the organization has to offer—the most interesting work, the salary increases, promotions and possibly bonuses.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Define “engaged performance:”
    • Enthusiasm for work
    • Implicit contract toward organizational success
    • Investing emotionally (heart and mind) in the work you do
  • Describe steps to increase your engagement including:
    • Evaluate what you have done right
    • Treat your employer right
    • Market yourself
    • Think of yourself as an organizational asset

Date:  Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

At one time or another, we have all dealt with a difficult person. Whether they are hard to communicate with, acting defensive or just handling a situation inappropriately, interactions with difficult people can affect our confidence, mood and focus. Learning to recognize and cope with common difficult behaviors in ourselves and others can help make difficult encounters much more manageable.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify common “difficult” behaviors
  • Describe what motivates most difficult behaviors
  • Identify distinctions between passive, aggressive and passive/aggressive behaviors
  • Identify the positive intent behind many difficult-to-understand behaviors
  • Identify appropriate strategies for dealing with difficult behaviors
  • Describe how to maintain composure when responding to difficult behaviors
  • Describe ways to defuse aggressive acts in the workplace
  • Describe five methods for resolving conflict
  • Identify your favored style
  • Identify tips for improving communication

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Applying the concepts/skills taught in this course will enable you to:

  • Determine the difference between influence and motivation
  • Discover your personal motivators and they are used to influence others
  • Assess the four factors that build self-motivation
  • Analyze three influencing components to move others toward commitment
  • Describe the seven strategies used to gain other’s attention and gain commitment in order to make things happen
  • Synthesize how you will plan your strategy for building influence and motivation to gain commitment for your idea

Session I
Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2
Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Sometimes leaders feel like they are speaking a different language than those they are leading. Situational Leadership II®, as developed by Kenneth Blanchard, provides a common language for managers and employees. Learning how to align goals and diagnose development levels will provide information for leaders to adapt their leadership styles. Partnering for performance will help teams and individuals to grow and become competent and committed contributors.

Session 1
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Stress is experienced in the body as tension. To manage stress we have several choices: reduce or eliminate the stressor, think about the stressor differently so it no longer causes tension or change the way our body reacts to stress. The course will address the third option through exploring a variety of relaxation techniques to calm the body and mind. The class will allow participants to learn and experience several simple relaxation tools such as progressive muscle relaxation, abdominal relaxation breathing and visualization.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify the benefits of relaxation:
    • Lowering blood pressure
    • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
    • Reducing anger and frustration
    • Improving concentration and creativity
  • Recognize the steps to perform several different relaxation methods such as:
    • Cultivating tension awareness
    • Progressive muscle relaxation
    • Abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing
    • Using sound and voice to relax
    • Laughter
    • Visualization

Date:  Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Designed to improve proficiency in planning, scheduling, budgeting, and controlling projects, this course distinguishes itself from other project management curriculums by addressing project management realities often overlooked:  the critical skills of leadership, communication and team-building. This multidisciplinary approach to managing projects provides a breadth of knowledge and skill that helps participants become efficient and effective project managers.

At the end of the session participants will be able to define the characteristics of a successful project and describe the phases of a project life cycle; recognize and manage the challenges of managing in a functional organization structure versus the project management matrix organization; employ specific techniques to execute each major phase of a project including determining project requirements, planning tools, and project control and evaluation methods, and apply effective leadership behaviors in the project team environment to enhance communication, motivation and trust.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Thursday & Friday, December 3 & 4, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Ray Giemza & Associates

When you are a peer and have a good relationship with your co-workers, everything can move along and peak performance can be attained. However, when one peer gets tapped to be the manager or supervisor, all relationships must change. Transitions like this are challenging in ideal situations, but making changes within reporting relationships, even when the change is anticipated, can test a team’s flexibility.

Participants will learn about the process of moving from peer to manager and what they and their manager can do to mitigate the possible fallout of change. We will discuss best practices and the skills that get called on during times of transition. Participants who are anticipating a transition into a management role within the next year, as well as those managers and supervisors who have transitioned within the past year, would benefit from taking this course, especially those who want to reflect on what didn’t work so well and make some necessary changes.

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Procrastination is rampant in today’s business world. Sure, it’s easy to blame others for your inability to get things done—demanding bosses, or coworkers who interrupt you for help. But be honest, how often is it your own fault? Are you simply putting off doing what will still be in your in-box tomorrow? Do you make statements such as: “I don’t have time to do it,” “It makes sense to do the smaller tasks first to get them out of the way,” “Once I get more energy, I can really focus on this”? If so, there’s a strong possibility that you have fallen into the “Procrastination Trap.”

Pushing important tasks and projects off until later can cause emotional anguish and keep you from accomplishing professional and personal goals. This workshop will provide you with techniques and strategies to overcome procrastination in your work and personal life.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify what procrastination really is
  • Describe the difference between procrastination and prioritization
  • Describe the reasons people tend to procrastinate
  • Identify when lack of commitment plays a part
  • Describe how fear can cause procrastination
  • Identify when something is considered a low priority
  • Describe the importance of having enough information
  • Identify times when you are just not interested in doing something
  • Describe how to assign priorities effectively
  • Identify criteria you can use to effectively prioritize tasks

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Do your PowerPoint presentations look like they are from 1996? Do you find that your visual aids don’t actually aid in the retention of information from your presentation? In our visually-driven, modern society, presenters need to make sure their presentation slides not only keep up with current design but also use theories such as neuroscience, color theory and cognitive processing to enhance the learning experience.

You don’t need to be a graphic designer to design engaging presentations. Participants will learn basic graphic design principles, PowerPoint tips and methods to enhance your message rather than compete with it. **Must have a knowledge of PowerPoint.

Session 1
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online

Session 2
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Get the in-depth scoop on recycling and composting at Carolina! This interactive training will focus on how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost at Carolina. Bring all of your questions and get ready for a deep dive into waste reduction!

Session 1
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Time: 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Online

Session 2
Date: Monday, September 7, 2020
Time: 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C

Session 3
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C

Sponsored by the UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling

If you lead meetings in your current role, then this class is designed for you! Poorly led meetings are cited as one of the biggest time wasters and de-motivators of our work lives. Participants will learn when to call a meeting, how to prepare for a meeting and how to keep meetings brief and productive. Strategies for using tools such as agendas, minutes and ground rules to maximize productivity will be presented. Participants will also learn tips for managing latecomers, cliques and disruptive participants.

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

When the words ‘business’ and ‘writing’ come together, the word ‘art’ probably does not come to mind. Business Writing, however, is an art. It takes skill, technique, and even a sprinkling of virtuosity to write well for business. Good business writing covers a spectrum of abilities—ranging from having fundamental writing skills, a flair for the written word that can engage most readers, and the ability to convey complex ideas and technical information to a targeted audience.

The Art of Business Writing will present simple, easy-to-use, and practical strategies to become comfortable with writing for work, present ideas in a variety of written formats, doing your homework before writing (research), editing, and producing a polished product of your writing for work.

Session 1
Date: Tuesday & Thursday, July 28 & 30, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Location: Online

Session 2
Date: Tuesday & Thursday, September 22 & 24, 2020
Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online

Sponsor: Continuous Improvement & Staff Development (Div. of Finance & Operations)

Work, family and personal life responsibilities can feel overwhelming, and it sometimes seems as if a 24-hour day simply isn’t long enough to get everything done. Unfortunately, no one has yet found a way to add a 25th hour to the day, so we are all forced to do the best with the time we have. By following the principles discussed in this workshop, you may still never get everything done, but you should feel more in control of your very busy life.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe how to change “negative self-talk” as it relates to your time
  • Identify ways of thinking that can make your time management problems worse
  • Identify ways of thinking that put you in greater control of your day
  • Identify where you spend your time currently
  • Identify any “time wasters” that exist in your life today
  • Describe how you can replace the time wasters with more productive activities.
  • Describe how prioritization principles can be applied to your day and your life
  • Identify the relative importance of tasks and responsibilities that are making you feel overwhelmed
  • Identify the relative urgency of tasks and responsibilities that are making you feel overwhelmed
  • Describe other ways to prioritize your tasks and responsibilities
  • Describe the impact of procrastination
  • Identify what constitutes procrastination
  • Describe tips for overcoming procrastination

Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

It seems that more than ever, people are living busy, chaotic lives that often leave them feeling overwhelmed and out of control. Between work, parental responsibilities, community involvement, exercise, hobbies, friendships, family responsibilities and more, sometimes it feels as if keeping track of it all is just impossible.

Fortunately, there are many tools available to help people gain control, though sometimes sorting through what’s available can add what seems like even more chaos to life. Smartphones, day planners, alarms, e-mail systems, priority grids, voice mail systems, note pads, to-do lists, contact lists, address books, folders, file cabinets and more—the purpose of this lunch-and-learn is to help you sort through the tools available to help you organize your life, and pick the ones that will work for you.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe tools for managing appointments
  • Identify advantages and challenges of various calendaring systems
  • Describe electronic and paper-based calendaring methods
  • Describe tools for organizing tasks and responsibilities
  • Identify best practices for creating to-do lists
  • Describe how priority grids can be used
  • Describe how to create priority grids
  • Identify ways to make sure “mission critical” things don’t get lost in the chaos
  • Describe how alarms, post-it notes and other tools can help you make sure that your most critical responsibilities are met
  • Use smartphones and other technology in ways that can help

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development


Whether they take place in the workplace or in one’s personal life, conflicts are inevitable; however, that does not mean that they must always be damaging. When emotions are understood and reason is used to handle conflict, the result can actually be strengthened relationships rather than damaged ones. This workshop discusses how you can replace pure emotion with rational decision-making when dealing with conflict.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify the potential outcomes of conflict:
    • Describe what happens when conflict is handled poorly.
    • Describe what happens when conflict is handled well.
  • Identify your conflict management style:
    • Describe the five conflict resolution styles
    • Describe the contexts for which each style is appropriate
  • Describe the most effective methods for handling conflict:
    • Describe the importance of self-monitoring
    • Describe the process of identifying motives
    • Identify methods for communicating feelings appropriately

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

NOTE: This class is a prerequisite for Train the Trainer

Imagine delivering a presentation with ease, success, and enjoyment. Yes, but… Where do you begin? How do you clearly communicate your message? How can you address nervousness? This course provides practical tools to handle these questions and many others.

Upon completing this program, participants will be able to prepare a presentation by identifying clear goals and objectives, research and organize content effectively; gain tools to effectively interact with an audience; identify methods to improve public speaking skills; and improve their presentation skills through self-evaluation and evaluation of other presenters. *If indicated below, participants are required to present on the second day.

Date: Thursday, October 22 & 29, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 12:30 a.m.
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Goal setting gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. The process of setting goals allows you to choose where you want to go in your personal life as well as your professional career. A life without goals is like a road trip without a map. By knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you are less likely to get lost, and you will be happier and less frustrated along the way.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Define what goals mean to you
  • Identify the specificity that differentiates goals from wishes or dreams
  • Identify the reasons goals sometimes fail
  • Describe how you can overcome common pitfalls
  • Describe how to write your goals effectively
  • Identify how to use a goal-setting worksheet
  • Describe your action plan for keeping to your goals

Dates: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Working together as a team is imperative in today’s business environment.  During this workshop, we will uncover which stage of team development your team is experiencing and diagnose what maybe holding your team back from becoming a high performing team.  Through this assessment, you will gain the awareness of how to move your team forward from being good to great!

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the personal and organizational benefits of working in teams versus working independently
  • Recognize the stages of development that teams typically experience as they grow and mature
  • Demonstrate Team Success Factors- Results, Commitment, Communication, Process, and Trust-and best practices to help your team become high performers
  • Diagnose what is limiting your team from moving to high performance and identify appropriate techniques to cover such challenges

Session 1
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development


HR Policies & Procedures

This session is designed to provide an overview of the ADA and ADAAA. It will also help remove negative stereotypes regarding employees with disabilities and separate ADA myths from facts. It highlights the need for us to appreciate the Ability in disability. It will also increase awareness of the University’s Reasonable Accommodations in Employment Policy, and familiarize employees and supervisors with both their responsibilities and available resources.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C

Session 1
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Equal Opportunity and Compliance

Are your hard drives cluttered with old records? Have you found a box of old floppy disks? Have you recently been tasked with managing documents for your team, but feel uncertain where to begin? Join us for Digital Records Management 101 to learn about the basics of records management for digital records. We will discuss important policies that govern the retention of records at UNC, the legal ramifications of records management, and provide tips on using the General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule to more efficiently organize and dispose of records.

Location: Wilson Special Collections Library Room 504
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries and University Archives

This workshop covers a variety of HR topics specific to EHRA Non-Faculty employees and related policies and procedures. This class includes a brief overview of the EHRA Non-Faculty employee types and terms, job classification and position approval process, appointment and termination process and procedures, compensation and pay policies, performance management, grievance process, and employee leave policies.

This course is suited for someone seeking a better understanding of the terminology, policy and procedures encountered by those involved in EHRA Non-Faculty human resources administration.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by EHRA Non-Faculty Human Resources

(Formerly SHRA Hiring, from Posting thru Probation)

A hands-on, interactive program for managers designed to increase one’s understanding of the policies and procedures for hiring permanent SHRA & EHRA Non-Faculty employees.  Program content includes an overview of Operational Excellence and the Carolina Hiring Playbook, search committee roles and responsibilities, posting requirements, targeted recruitment strategies, application screening, scheduling and conducting candidate interviews, selecting a finalist, preparing job offers, and finalizing the recruitment process. All new and experienced hiring managers are encouraged to attend.

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Online

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C

Sponsored by UNC Employment & Staffing

This class is designed for HR Representatives and Faculty Mentors in departments with postdoctoral scholars. This program goes over the recruitment and hiring process for Postdoctoral employees as well as basic human resources issues surrounding these employees.

Discussion will center on new hire and onboarding requirements, postdoc benefits, employee relations concern, general best practices for postdoc HR issues, recent changes to postdoctoral policies, and other services provided by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Dr., Room 1501-C

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Dr., Room 1501-C

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

LawLogix electronic I-9 system training for HR Representatives and others who manage the Form I-9 process.

Session 2
Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Time: 1- 3 p.m.
Location: Online

Session 3
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
Location: Online

Session 4
Date:  Tuesday, August 11, 2020                         
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Online

Session 5
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Dr., Room 1501-C

Session 6
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Dr., Room 1501-C

Session 7
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Dr., Room 1501-C

Session 8
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Dr., Room 1501-C

Sponsored by Staffing Support Services

This course will provide information on the SHRA Career Banding structure, writing position descriptions, managing position attributes, understanding pay rules and ranges, making pay decisions, applying wage/hour regulations, evaluating employee competencies, and completing associated forms and documentation. Recommended primarily for HR Officers and HR Representatives.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Sponsored by UNC Classification & Compensation

Are your filing cabinets and hard drives cluttered with old records? Have you recently been tasked with managing documents for your team, but feel uncertain where to begin? Join us for Records Management 101 to learn about the basics of records management for digital and paper records. We will discuss important policies that govern the retention of records at UNC, the legal ramifications of records management, and provide tips on using the General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule to more efficiently organize and dispose of records.

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries and University Archives


Work-Life & Wellness

*Note: Your supervisor will not receive a copy of your email confirmation upon your initial enrollment for these classes.

The current economic climate brings both challenges and opportunities from a financial perspective. You may wonder during these challenging times: “What should I be most careful about” and “What should my family and I work towards?” The 10 financial tips discussed in this workshop will get you on the road to financial wellbeing during challenging times.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify the most pressing/immediate financial steps to take in your life
  • Describe why an emergency fund is an absolute necessity
  • Identify how to categorize types of expenses
  • Describe your current financial position by putting it on paper
  • Describe steps to help you through economic troubles
  • Describe how to begin paying down debts
  • Identify ways to improve your credit score
  • Describe ways to build long-term plans for your financial health
  • Describe how to evaluate your insurance coverage
  • Identify how to build or refine your retirement plans

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC Work/Life & Wellness

A crisis or traumatic event can be both environmental and personal and are events which can cause physical, emotional, psychological distress or harm. These events are often perceived and experienced as a threat to one’s safety or to the stability of one’s world and the impact can be either on those who have experienced the event first hand or have seen it one television.

Webinar Objectives:

  • To recognize the common responses to crises and trauma:
    • Physical, emotional, cognitive
    • Timing of responses
  • Post-trauma do’s and don’ts
  • Tips for taking care of yourself following a crisis or traumatic event
    • Support
    • Communication
    • Health and wellness
  • How to help children who have experienced a crisis or traumatic event

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC Work/Life & Wellness

Gratitude is a skill anyone can learn as an alternative to regret and fear. We can focus on the positive elements of our lives with a few simple practices. Providing sincere compliments can help us build relationships and be grateful for others. Rather than being grateful because we “ought to,” we can choose gratitude as a way of looking forward to each day.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of gratitude for:
    •  Building personal resilience
    • Improving relationships
    • Feeling more in control
  • Use gratitude to:
    • Discover “how far I’ve come”
    • Consider the positive side of negative situations
    • Reduce stress
  • Use sincere compliments to:
    • Encourage positive behavior
    • Build relationships
    • Create a personal culture of gratitude

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Time:  12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC Work/Life & Wellness

Whether going back to school or changing careers, starting a family or retiring, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. In today’s fast paced world, change has become a constant. Even when we are able to see the advantages of change, it can be hard to say goodbye to what’s changing. This workshop will provide you techniques to deal effectively with change.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe what’s changing in your life
    • Identify the importance of being specific about the changes you’re experiencing
  • Describe the reasons people resist change
    • Identify areas of resistance that exist in your own life
  • Describe the difference between change and transition
    • Identify what may happen in each of the three stages of transition
    • Describe your action plan for dealing with the changes in your life

Date:  Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Somewhere along the way, many of us have replaced our positive self-regard with a critical voice. Like a shadow, it hovers at our side, reminding us of our flaws and our unworthiness. To live a fulfilling, serene, happy life, we must learn to love and accept ourselves, flaws and all. This workshop covers the basics of self-acceptance, factors that contribute to a poor self-image and practical tips for loving yourself unconditionally.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Define self-acceptance and its manifestation
  • Identify factors that contribute to low self-regard
  • Describe how to rekindle self-love
  • Describe ways of loving yourself

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Are money issues causing you to worry and stress? Do you buy items, even if you don’t need them, just because they are on sale and you know you are “saving money?” Do you pay only the minimum balance on your credit cards? Is debt mounting in your life to the point where you don’t know what to do about it? Do you wish you were saving more money? Money is a huge stressor for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. This workshop will help you demystify the numbers and get you living beyond paycheck to paycheck.

Workshop Objectives:

Identify financial warning signs

  • Describe the signs which suggest that you might need to change your financial habits
  • Identify the dangers associated with ignoring the signs

Create a budget

  • Recognize the value of maintaining a budget
  • Identify the items you’ll need to gather in order to create your budget
  • Describe how to use the budget template provided in the course materials

Identify good credit behaviors

  • Describe the importance of a good credit score
  • Identify the factors that make up your credit score
  • List methods you can use to improve your credit

Identify practical savings tips

  • Describe how to include savings as part of your budget
  • Describe methods for reducing your debt
  • Share practical techniques for saving money

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time:  12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

The idea of mindfulness or being mindful is complete engagement in the present moment. It is a state where you are not thinking, reflecting, judging or deciding, but are instead simply experiencing the things currently in your available experience. In many ways people are largely unaware of our present moment, and often operate on “auto-pilot” to some degree. The auto-pilot mode is our default mode of operation.

Even when we find ourselves in a pleasurable quiet moment we automatically begin to daydream about others, plan/worry about the future or ruminate about the past. We miss living in the present moment because we fail to pay attention to it. Mindfulness is about waking up to the present moment and paying attention to our experience. Learning mindfulness is not difficult; however, it is difficult to remember to do it. This training discusses mindfulness and how to incorporate its practice into your life.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe mindfulness
    • Identify the two ways we experience the world
    • Identify the seven components of mindfulness
  • Describe the benefits developing mindfulness
    • Describe how greater mindfulness results in improved concentration on tasks
    • Describe the ways in which mindfulness can improve the quality of your relationships
    • Describe how mindfulness will result in greater emotional control and a reduction in impulsive actions
  • Identify ways of practicing mindfulness in your life
    • Identify several methods of mindfulness practice
    • Identify ways you can incorporate mindfulness in everyday activities

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Today’s diverse society makes it difficult to describe a typical family situation or define what characteristics make a “perfect parent.” Culture, values, beliefs, emotional disposition and the environment in which a person was raised all influence parenting techniques. In an effort to be perfect, new parents will frequently try too hard to protect their child from any adverse experiences or go to great lengths in an attempt to please their children. This type of well-intended “perfect parenting” can lead to unanticipated problems. This webinar will address these problems and suggest ways to let go of perfection and seek a balanced parenting approach.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify the myths associated with being a “perfect parent”
  • Identify the dangers associated with “helicopter” parenting
  • Describe the distinction between “perfect” and “good enough” parenting
  • Describe how “good enough” parenting fosters independence and self-confidence in children
  • Identify the factors which affect your parenting styleRecognize the impact of anxiety and competition on your parenting
  • Identify the relationship between your own childhood experiences and your present parenting style
  • Identify positive communication skills and conflict resolution techniques associated with effective parenting
  • Describe the use of “Positive Discipline”
  • Describe how “I messages” impact communication
  • Identify the importance of appropriate role modeling

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Do you let negative thoughts impact your whole day? Maybe you had thoughts like, “I’m such a jerk,” or, “All we do is fight”, after fighting with a significant other. Statements like these are common reactions to scenarios in our lives, but they are inaccurate and distort the way we see ourselves and the world around us.

This session will examine the 10 Cognitive Distortions and how they affect our mood and create faulty beliefs. Through examining these distortions, you will be able to identify ways to challenge negative thoughts and limit the impact they have on our lives.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify negative thinking through the lens of the 10 Cognitive Distortions
  • Identify when you are engaging in distorted thinking
  • Engage in practical exercises to help combat negative thinking
  • Gain a better understanding of how to limit our negative thoughts

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

In difficult economic times, many people are struggling to just keep up with monthly bills, let alone make progress on debt repayment. What suffers most is contributing to savings and investing goals. This session will focus on developing financial plans and strategies to address the dual goals of having a plan for paying off debt, while also contributing to building personal wealth.

This session covers the basics (or essentials) of each area and describes practical techniques that can help you to formulate your own plan to manage your personal finances to organize a sensible debt repayment plan without sacrificing other financial goals.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of a practical debt repayment strategy
  • Understand the importance of setting and tracking short- and long-term financial goals
  • Learn how to set milestones to address debt repayment and savings
  • Be able to prioritize most effective use of disposable income
  • Differentiate between saving and investing and when each makes sense

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Certain individuals appear to succeed against all odds. Despite severe hardships such as living through war, witnessing the death of a loved one, having a chronic illness, being a victim of abuse or dealing with unemployment, certain people not only adapt but actually thrive. These people possess a quality known as “resilience.” This webinar will examine the characteristics of resilience and discover ways to introduce greater resilience into our lives.

Webinar Objectives:

Describe what resilience really is

  • Describe the concept of resilience as it relates to children and adults
  • Describe the characteristics of resilient people
  • Describe how emotional control, self-awareness and strong relationships relate to resiliency

Identify your own resilient capacities

  • Identify you unique resilient strengths and areas for development
  • Recognize which situations are most stressful

Describe resilience building strategies

  • Describe techniques to enhance resilience through changing your perception, taking decisive action and engaging in appropriate self-care.

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Longer hours, increased responsibilities, constant change, accelerated pace of business, intensified pressure…But this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and enjoy your work. This workshop will help you not only to survive but also thrive in today’s high-pressure world. By unleashing your energy, igniting your enthusiasm and finding fun in your job, you’re sure to maximize your work performance and even enjoy it!

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand what causes fluctuations in energy level
  • Identify how to change what causes the stress that lowers your energy
  • Identify how to change your mind set about stress and your energy level
  • Understand three keys to raising your energy level
  • Learn how to add commitment, challenge, and control to your life
  • Recognize the characteristics of your energy zones
  • Identify the high energy and anxiety zones
  • Identify ways to add fun to your workday

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

It is summertime, and school is out! For many people, summer conjures images of lazy, relaxing days at the beach. However, for many working families, summer brings the challenges of balancing the demands of adult work schedules with the desire to provide safe, fun activities for children. This webinar offers several ideas on summer activities and provides practical suggestions on how to keep your kids safe while you’re at work.

Webinar Objectives:

Identify the opportunities and challenges associated with summer time

  • Describe how to involve your child in fun educational activities
  • Identify the importance of setting expectations regarding summer plans and scheduling
  • Identify ways to increase cooperation and encourage problem solving around free time planning

Identify summer safety plans

  • Describe simple safety guidelines for keeping your children safe while you are at work, on the playground, biking and in the pool
  • Identify simple first aid measures such as sunburn prevention and treatment
  • Describe how to increase your child’s ability to take on additional responsibilities around the home

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

We can do anything we set our minds to. But sometimes it can feel like our brains are working against us when it comes to achieving our goals. Plans to learn a new skill, to get in shape or to save money keep getting pushed back in the hopes that the Future You will handle it “someday.”

Your attitude and beliefs about your likelihood of success can predict whether or not you actually succeed. If you actively keep your internal motivation high, you can significantly increase the likelihood of achieving your hopes, dreams and visions of your future.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Define what self-motivation is
  • Understand four factors that contribute to self-motivation
  • Learn how to keep self-motivation going

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Time:  3 – 4 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

All aspects of work and life require stress—everyone experiences it. Experiencing stress is not all bad, but how we perceive stress is what’s important. Stress is our body’s normal response to any extra physical, mental or emotional demand we place on it. This workshop will help you to understand more about stress, identify your stressors and learn ways to cope with and manage high stress levels.

Workshop Objectives:

Describe what stress really is

  • Describe how stress affects your body
  • Describe how stress affects cognitive, emotional and behavioral aspects of life
  • Distinguish between positive and negative stress

Identify ways to manage your stress

  • List the three keys to managing stress
  • Describe how you can determine what is causing you stress
  • Describe how to get control of your stressors

Describe stress coping techniques

  • Describe techniques to help you cope with short-term stress
  • Describe techniques to help you cope with longer-term stress

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time:  12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

As adults we face life issues (medical and mental health concerns, divorce, death and dying, financial difficulties, etc.) that often affect our families. As parents, it’s important that we communicate what’s happening to our children in a way that provides comfort and support. Sometimes knowing what to say, or how much to say, can be a roadblock. Parents sometimes want to protect their children by keeping information hidden or secret; however, kids are smart and can sense when something is different. This can lead to frustration or fear on the part of the child.

This training will look at various issues families face and techniques for communicating the situation to our children in a healthy manner.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Recognize the impact various life issues have on children
  • Know what details to share with your child and what should be kept private
  • Communicate issues affecting the family in a way that strengthens your child
  • Relate to your child in a way that helps them develop empathy and understanding

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Many people still believe that the emotional symptoms caused by depression are “not real,” and that a person should be able to shake off the symptoms. Because of these inaccurate beliefs, people with depression either may not recognize that they have a treatable disorder or may be discouraged from seeking or staying on treatment due to feelings of shame and stigma. As a result, many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the vast majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Intensive research into the illness has resulted in the development of medications, psychotherapies, and other methods to treat people with this disabling disorder. This workshop will identify the symptoms associated with depression, possible causes and treatments.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of depression
  • Recognize how depression impacts work performance
  • Identify possible causes of depression
  • Describe treatment options for depression
  • Identify ways of reducing the risk for depression
  • Describe ways of helping family and friends who may have depression

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Guided imagery helps people mentally focus on pleasant images that encourage feelings of relaxation, utilizing the connection between body and mind. A person can call on mental images to improve emotional health. This webinar looks at how guided imagery can help with stress and mental well-being. It also includes a pair of guided imagery experiences.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Know what guided imagery is
  • Understand the benefits of guided imagery
  • Be familiar with different types of guided imagery
  • Experience a brief visualization session and a brief guided meditation session

Date:  Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time:  3 – 4 p.m.
Location: Online

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness