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.

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  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.

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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

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Whether in your personal or your professional life are you the kind of person that brings out the best in others? Do people shine around you, or do they tend to withdraw, hesitant to show their best? Some people seem to have a knack for challenging, motivating and inspiring their friends, family members and coworkers. In this workshop, you will learn how to do your part to make sure others are at their best around you.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe what motivates people
  • Identify the factors that influence peoples’ motivation level
  • Identify how your attitude can be contagious
  • Describe how to exhibit the type of positive thinking that can inspire others
  • Describe how to avoid negative talk, which can bring others down
  • Describe how to provide others with effective feedback that makes a difference
  • Identify when it is/is not appropriate to give feedback
  • Describe the type of phrasing that tends to have the biggest impact

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

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: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Session 3
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
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.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: June 19, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Effective customer service, both external and internal, is critical to the success of the University. UNC customers include internal and external faculty and staff, students, parents, alumni, and community partners. This program introduces skills needed to enhance customer relations, deliver top quality service, handle difficult customers, and say “no” without inflaming the customer.

As a result of this seminar, you will be able to recognize the importance of customer service in retaining customers as well as in building and maintaining relationships; understand the needs of customers and empathize with them; understand difficult customers; project a professional image with customers over the phone and in person; handle challenging service-oriented situations; apologize skillfully; solve customer problems and other related customer service issues.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Friday, July 19, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 3
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 4
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Most people have no idea how much their clutter affects them. It can   affect their productivity, their self- esteem, their social life and even their weight! People who live with excess clutter say they can’t find the energy to begin to clear it. They constantly feel tired and overwhelmed. When surrounded by clutter, it is impossible to focus or have clarity about life. In this workshop, you will learn that clutter is not the result of sloppiness, laziness or incompetence but several surmountable obstacles. Recognizing the source of your clutter problem can empower you to address the problem directly and without shame.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe solutions involving a technical problem
    • Items that have no home
    • More stuff than space
    • Inconvenient storage
  • Describe solutions involving an external problem
    • Unrealistic workload
    • Undermined by others
    • Life transitions
    • Limited space
  • Describe solutions involving an internal problem
    • Sentimental attachments
    • Need for abundance
    • Thrill of distraction
    • Protective clutter shield
    • Hoarding Disorder and ADHD

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, October 16
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.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

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, August 6
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Implementing discipline over our emotional life is difficult and requires lifelong practice. Being able to choose to act or respond in a particular manner is preferable to re-acting on a consistent basis, yet it is difficult. Enhancing emotional intelligence improves our ability to master our emotional functioning. High emotional intelligence can improve our communications with all others, enhance our perception of satisfaction with ourselves and our lives and increase our productiveness overall.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe the difference between intelligence and emotional intelligence
  • Describe the benefits of having emotional intelligence
  • Describe the components of emotional intelligence
  • Identify the function and qualities of emotions
  • Identify ways of assessing your emotional intelligence
  • Describe strategies for improving emotional intelligence
  • Describe how to improve your capacity for emotional self-control through mindfulness meditation, monitoring self-statements and active listening
  • Describe how to accept responsibility for emotions and ways to teach emotional intelligence to children

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

How do you handle information that raises your suspicions? How do you know what the right thing to do really is? As an introduction to ethical decision making, this class will help you learn how to identify ethical issues, think about them analytically and productively, and arrive at ethically sound conclusions.

You will learn just enough theory to provide a framework for exploring ethical questions. Using a variety of real cases, including your fellow participants’ own experiences, you will apply the theoretical framework to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas. You will leave the class prepared to share your skills in ethical decision making with your colleagues.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics

While it’s true that some people are intuitively good at persuading others, for most of us the most reliable path to success lies in knowing what we want to achieve and systematically deciding how we want to go about achieving it. Persuasion is a skill that everyone in the organization uses to accomplish goals. Used effectively, persuasion can lead to solutions that work in everyone’s best interest. This workshop will provide you with communication techniques to get the results that you want and need.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe how to assess your own persuasive abilities
  • Describe the results of your persuasion self-assessment
  • Identify the steps that will make you persuasive
  • Describe how listening well can contribute to your ability to persuade others
  • Identify questioning techniques that can help you get what you want
  • Describe ways to make sure that you get feedback during a persuasive dialogue
  • Create a personal action plan to improve your persuasive abilities
  • Identify the steps you will take upon completing this session

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.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

Location: Online
Date:  Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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

Location: 104 Airport Dr., 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Learning how to ethically influence colleagues in the workplace is an essential leadership skill, regardless of your job title. Influence can be used to communicate a vision, align workers’ efforts, and build commitment. Your position in the organization may not be enough to rely on, and external motivators may not be effective in the long run.

Attempts at influence can become a learning experience for you and others. This interactive workshop will help you clarify the influence tactics you currently use and develop tactics that are effective, respectful, ethical, and based on evidence. You may be asked to complete some pre-work.

Location: 104 Airport Dr., 1501-A
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

There are conversations in which the stakes are high: asking for a raise, ending a relationship, giving a critical performance review, confronting disrespectful behavior, apologizing or disagreeing within a group. This workshop is about developing the skills to initiate the conversations which most people find difficult, unpleasant and generally avoid. You will learn the practical skills involved in framing a problem without blame or defensiveness and how to keep the conversation productive.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe why arguing never helps
  • Identify the three sides to any difficult conversation and where to begin
  • Describe how to adopt a positive learning stance and think like a mediator
  • Describe the process of separating intent from impact
  • Identify the process of changing blame to contribution
  • Describe ways to acknowledge feelings
  • Describe how to use questions without eliciting defensiveness

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.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.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Coworker behaviors, which are different from yours, may seem surprising or confusing at times. You might question their actions and even wonder at times about your own motives. Why do we do some of the things we do?

This interactive class uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to help examine preferred patterns of behaviors in the workplace so that we can better appreciate the diversity of our coworkers. You will learn the strengths and challenges of different personality types, recognize your own patterns of behavior, and acknowledge the appropriate uses of type at work.

Important Note: Early registration is required. Instructions for taking the free MBTI assessment online will be emailed to each participant two weeks prior to the class. The assessment must be completed within the specified time. Participants who do not complete their assessments on time cannot attend that session but may register for the next available session.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 3
Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Problems with anger management can result in performance issues at work, relationship issues at home and even health problems. This course will address the fundamentals of managing anger through exercises, discussion and development of a personal anger-management plan.

Workshop  Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of anger and what triggers it
  • Describe ways of monitoring anger
  • Describe strategies for managing anger

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Sponsored by the Office of 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: Monday & Tuesday, October 7 & 8, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Ray Giemza & Associates

Everyone experiences emotions at work. We get frustrated with bosses giving more work when they don’t understand how much work we already have. We get upset with coworkers who don’t do their jobs, so we cannot do ours. We get angry with irate customers who don’t realize we are only trying to help. We worry about an uncertain future. But with all these emotions, most people don’t think they have anything to do with how they are feeling. They believe their emotions are a result of an external cause. That just is not true.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify the nature of emotion
  • Describe the function of emotion
  • Describe how emotions originate from thoughts
  • Identify the ways emotions can sabotage work and relationships
  • Identify ways to taking responsibility for emotions
  • Describe ways to monitor and dispute distorted thinking
  • Describe ways of calming down
  • Use future orientation to avoid impulsive acts
  • Describe how to depersonalize criticism

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

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.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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

Location: ONLINE
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

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.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-D

Session 1
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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!

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 3
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019

Time:8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C
Date: Tuesday & Thursday, September 24 & 26, 2019
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

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

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

Location: 104 Airport Dr, 1501-A
Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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

Location: ONLINE
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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.

*Participants are required to present on the second day and have the choice of 8:30-12:30 or 1-4:30.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Dates: Thursdays, July 18 & 25
Times: 8:30-12:30 & 8:30-4:30 

Session 2
Dates: Thursdays, October 10 & 17

Times: 8:30-12:30 & 8:30-4:30 

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

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

“Oops” moments happen everyday. At times they are public, unavoidable and have real consequences. In the workplace, errors should be viewed as a process in which the objective is to learn from your mistakes so that they cannot hinder your future performance at work or in life. This workshop will define the next steps once a mistake is made and demonstrate that these inevitable moments can be seen as an event and not an adjective or descriptor of things to come.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Analyze mistakes made in the workplace and their consequences
  • Identify the cause of the error
  • Discover why it occurred
  • Set in motion the next steps
  • Fix the mistake promptly and professionally
  • Place safeguards and other strategies to prevent similar issues
  • Manage the aftermath both personally and professionally
  • Claim responsibility
  • Learn from and move past your mistakes

Location: Online
Dates: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date:  Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date:  Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 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 11, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by EHRA Non-Faculty Human Resources

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.

Location: 104 Airport Dr., Room 1501-C

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 3
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C

Session 1
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date:  Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 3
Date:  Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 4
Date:  Thursday, September 26, 2019                             
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 5
Date:  Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 6
Date:  Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Session 7
Date:  Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Sponsored by Staffing Support Services

Want to learn how to help your work unit become more economically, environmentally and socially responsible? Join us at our interactive training, Making the Workplace More Sustainable.

Participants will learn about sustainability goals and initiatives at UNC, including Chancellor Folt’s Three Zeros Environmental Initiative to achieve water neutrality, zero waste, and greenhouse gas neutrality. Learn how to host green events, purchase more socially- and environmentally-responsible products, and adopt practices that advance sustainability at Carolina. This workshop helps staff identify and promote UNC-specific opportunities related to sustainable purchasing; energy; transportation; water; waste reduction; events; and health and wellness. A strong focus of the workshop will be on “recycling right.”

Register through Connect Carolina under “Workplace Sustainability 1.”

Questions? Call the Sustainability Office at 919-843-5251 or email Cindy Shea

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C
Date:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Sustainability Office and the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling

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.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC Classification & Compensation

Performance Management and Disciplinary Process course is a 3-day class that explores the new SHRA Performance Management System, the SHRA Disciplinary Process, as well as, the SHRA Grievance Process. In addition to learning all aspects of the policies, participants will practice setting work expectations and individual goal creation, as well as analyzing and discussing multiple case studies. This course is designed for employees that manage SHRA employees and those preparing to take the next step into management.

Location: 104 Airport Dive, 1501-A

Session 1
Dates: Mon., Wed., & Fri., September 23, 25 & 27
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Dates: Mon., Wed., & Fri., November 4, 6, & 8

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Sponsored by Employee & Management Relations

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.

Location: Wilson Special Collections Library Room 504
Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by University Archives

A hands-on, interactive program for managers on understanding the policies and procedures for hiring permanent SHRA employees, including posting requirements, targeted recruitment, screening applications, candidate interviews, final selection, salary offers, criminal conviction and reference checks, credentials verification, and probationary periods.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C

Date: Thursday, November 14
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by OHR Employment & Staffing


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

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Monday, July 29, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC Work/Life and Wellness

Although most people think estate planning is for just the elderly, it is actually important everyone else, too – especially for those with minor children, substantial assets or unusual circumstances. Estate planning can allow one to make decisions on who receives his or her estate, make arrangements for disability, medical care and guardianship for minor children. Properly done, estate planning can remove many burdens from surviving family members during a stressful time.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Define estate planning
  • Describe the most common goals in the estate planning process
  • Identify important tools used in estate planning, such as wills, trusts, advance directives and more
  • Describe the tax implications of estate planning
  • Identify who is responsible for paying estate taxes
  • Describe the taxes involved in the settlement of an estate
  • Identify key action steps
  • Describe financial and other steps to take to plan your estate

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Monday, October 28
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC Work/Life & Wellness

For a long time, the scientific community believed we were born with a certain number of brain cells and neural pathways and that, once damaged, they could not be repaired. In reality, our brains are much more flexible. Depending on our lifestyle, we can weaken or destroy connections, or create new, stronger ones.

Engaging regularly in certain behaviors and activities, like physical exercise, addressing mental health issues, meditation, and learning a new language or musical instrument, support new wiring and can make existing pathways stronger. Essentially, we can slow down or somewhat prevent cognitive decline by doing challenging mental exercises to keep our brains fit for optimal power.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify traits of a healthy brain:
    • The ability to learn new skills
    • Judgement and intuition
    • Memory and perception
  • Identify barriers to good brain health:
    • Depression
    • Chronic stress
    • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Identify methods for optimal cognitive health:
    • Engaging in new skills and mentally challenging activities
    • Meditation
    • Physical exerciseBrain training

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

It can be very difficult to quit using tobacco, whether you smoke, dip or chew it. What may seem like a casual, relaxing habit can quickly turn into a serious, expensive addiction that gradually takes a toll on your health. Protect yourself by learning about treatment options and begin the process of quitting today!

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe the effects of tobacco on your health
  • Identify common health problems that can result from tobacco use
  • Identify the benefits of quitting
  • Describe day-to-day health benefits
  • Describe long-term health benefits
  • Describe financial benefits
  • Describe potential approaches to quitting
  • Identify commonly used medications
  • Describe the importance of a support system
  • Describe the three stages of quitting
  • Describe what you should do before you quit
  • Describe what you should do during the quitting process
  • Identify the keys to maintaining your tobacco-free life

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work/Life & Wellness

This half-day retirement workshop provides information on when employees are eligible to retire, how to calculate their payment and what other benefits are available in retirement. This workshop is ideal for employees who are considering retirement and want to explore their options.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Tuesday, September 24
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Benefits & Leave Administration

This retirement workshop provides detailed information on the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) and dispels common misconceptions about retirement planning. TIAA and Fidelity Representatives will be present to answer questions and schedule personal financial planning sessions. This workshop is ideal for employees who are enrolled in the ORP and want to explore their options.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Sponsored by Benefits & Leave Administration

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

Location: Online
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

The approaching holiday season brings many expectations. Often this makes us feel like we are being pulled in a hundred different directions. There are office parties to attend, family get-togethers to schedule, children’s holiday recitals and gifts to buy. The holidays can be one of the happiest times of the year, yet it can also be one of the most stressful. Maintaining balance and keeping stress from overwhelming you are the keys to an enjoyable holiday season.

This workshop provides an overview of common stressors people encounter during the holidays, and offers “stress buster” tips to help you get the most possible enjoyment out of the season.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify ways to cope with emotional stressors of the holidays
    • List tips for handling family conflicts
    • Practice positive self-talk
    • Identify opportunities to laugh more
    • Describe how to control unrealistic expectations
  • Identify your own limits
    • Identify what holiday tasks you can delegate
    • Describe a realistic picture of what you and your family can expect during the holidays
  • Identify your financial limits
    • Describe the importance of a holiday budget
    • Describe how to involve the family in money conversations
  • Describe important health considerations
    • Create a plan for how to “eat right” during the holidays
    • Identify ways to get exercise during the holidays
    • Describe ways to avoid the “holiday blues”

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

The approaching holiday season brings many expectations. Often this makes us feel like we are being pulled in a hundred different directions. There are office parties to attend, family get-togethers to schedule, children’s holiday recitals and gifts to buy. The holidays can be one of the happiest times of the year, yet it can also be one of the most stressful. Maintaining balance and keeping stress from overwhelming you are the keys to an enjoyable holiday season.

This workshop provides an overview of common stressors people encounter during the holidays, and offers “stress buster” tips to help you get the most possible enjoyment out of the season.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Identify ways to cope with emotional stressors of the holidays
    • List tips for handling family conflicts
    • Practice positive self-talk
    • Identify opportunities to laugh more
    • Describe how to control unrealistic expectations
  • Identify your own limits
    • Identify what holiday tasks you can delegate
    • Describe a realistic picture of what you and your family can expect during the holidays
  • Identify your financial limits
    • Describe the importance of a holiday budget
    • Describe how to involve the family in money conversations
  • Describe important health considerations
    • Create a plan for how to “eat right” during the holidays
    • Identify ways to get exercise during the holidays
    • Describe ways to avoid the “holiday blues”

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

A one-hour lunch and learn. SHIIP – Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, in conjunction with Orange County Department on Aging, will present information regarding Medicare. Workshop attendees will learn about the features of Medicare health plan options, information they should consider when deciding which State Health Plan retiree option is best for their particular situation, ways to guard against Medicare fraud and abuse and services provided by SHIIP.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Benefits & Leave Administration

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

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Monday, August 26, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

This training will provide an overview of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the University’s own FMLA policy and practices. Participants will learn how to recognize an employee’s need for FMLA leave, how to talk to them about FMLA leave, and when to direct them to OHR Benefits & Leave Administration for guidance. Participants will gain an understanding of the employee’s, departments, and Leave Administration’s roles and responsibilities throughout the FMLA leave process.

Intended Audience: Managers, supervisors, and departmental HR Representatives

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, December 18
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Sponsored by OHR Benefits & Leave Administration

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

Location: 104 Airport Dr., 1501-C
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, September 18
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

UNC-Chapel Hill provides faculty and staff who become parents, by either birth or adoption or foster-care placement of a minor child, with leave to allow for the healthy recovery of the primary caregiver, bonding with the adopted child, and/or a period of family adjustment.

This workshop provides an overview of the parental leave process and addresses frequently asked questions regarding maternity and paternity leave such as, “How does FMLA work?”, “When and how do I apply for leave?”, and “How do I get paid while on leave?”. Participants will gain an understanding of the process for taking maternity/paternity leave and learn about the resources available to new parents (i.e. benefits and work/life programs).

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Benefits & Leave Administration

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

Location: Online
Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Most of us reach a point in life when parents or elderly relatives begin to require more attention and time, and sometimes, our financial support as well. Caring for an older person can be complicated and few of us are trained for the many aspects of that care. Providing care for an elder is a very personal matter. No two situations are the same and there are no simple solutions.

Balancing work, family and care-giving responsibilities can present some challenges. This workshop provides an overview of information to help you cope with your personal life while dealing with elder’s needs.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify the challenges people in the sandwich generation face
  • Describe work-life balance challenges
  • Describe emotional issues
  • Identify ways to cope with the stress of the sandwich generation
  • List ways to find time for yourself
  • Describe the importance of taking care of your health
  • Describe ways to make sure your life is well organized
  • Identify ways to ask for help
  • Determine who else can be involved in care
  • Describe how to create a task list for elder care
  • List outside resources that can help

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Many emotions arise when we think about our loved ones’ aging or needing care. Emotions can include anger, fear, sadness, resentment and hope. In communicating with the older adults in our life, we need to be aware of the emotions we’re experiencing and what they represent, to ensure that we have healthy, productive interactions. When we haven’t fully processed our feelings or thoughts, they sometimes come out in negative ways, whether it is through negative behaviors, thoughts or language.

This workshop will teach you tools to understand the function of emotions, the impact they can have on interactions with older adults and how to communicate more effectively.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose behind various emotions and how they can impact behavior with older loved ones
  • Interact with your older loved one in a more effective manner
  • Communicate your thoughts and feelings more successfully with older adults
  • Engage in self-care to support your mental, emotional and physical well-being

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

This training will provide an overview of leave benefits available to SHRA & EHRA non-faculty employees. Participants will gain an understanding of leave benefits including, but not limited to: Voluntary Shared Leave, Community Service Leave, and Sick & Vacation Leave. This training will cover how to maximize your available leave benefits. The Leave Administration Unit (LAU) will describe the employee’s, departments, and LAU’s role in the process.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C
Date:  Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Benefits & Leave Administration