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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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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

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Please note that Session 3 of this course offering has been rescheduled from its original date on May 14 to July 7. 

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 2
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 3
Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Please note that Session 1 of this course has been canceled. 

Please note that Session 2 of this course has been rescheduled from its original date of May 7 to June 30. 

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: CANCELED
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Please note that Session 3 of this course offering has been canceled. 

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: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 3: CANCELED
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 4
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Tuesday, June, 2, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 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

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Effective emails save time, improve relationships, and lead to better project outcomes.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Why email effectiveness matters
  • Should I email? When to consider other communication vehicles
  • Options for content organization
  • Font choices, methods of emphasis, colors, bullets, and more
  • Choose the right words
  • Reducing and eliminating

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 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

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: 104 Airport Dr., 1501-C
Date: Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2
Location: 104 Airport Dr., 1501-A
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.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 Drive, 1501-A
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.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:  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: Online
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 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: Online
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Please note that the in-person portion of Session 2 of this course has been canceled. Please see course number SM6000 for the Webinar version of this course, offered at the same date and time. 

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

Location: 104 Airport Dr., 1501-A

Session I
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2: CANCELED
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

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: 104 Airport Dr., 1501-C
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2
Location: 104 Airport Dr., 1501-A
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.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, May 5, 2020
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
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Please note that Session 2 of this course offering has been rescheduled from its original date on April 16 to June 10 at a new time. 

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, February 27, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 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

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date:  Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 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
  • Identify resources available for continued work on anger management

Location: Online
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.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, June 15 & 16, 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.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020

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: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Please note that Session 3 of this course offering has been rescheduled from its original date of May 14 to August 4. 

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 2
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 3
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Please note that this course has been rescheduled to May 15 from its original date of March 25. 

In the fast-paced environment like ours, missed deadlines and projects that fail to reap the expected benefits are costly for organizations and frustrating for employees. Even experienced, hard-working professionals often achieve less than what is possible because they lack project management discipline. The workshop is designed to help you apply disciplined processes and procedures to get more done, avoid serious project risks, and achieve measurable project results.

Workshop Objectives:

  • List the reasons projects often fail
  • Create project plans that minimize problems down the road
  • Describe how to predict and mitigate risks
  • Describe the importance of communication throughout all stages of project management
  • End projects by measuring results and evaluating lessons learned

Location: 104 Airport Dive, 1501-A
Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
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: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Session 3
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the UNC Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling

Please note that Session 2 of this course offering has been canceled. 

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, December 12, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2: CANCELED
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 3
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Please note that this course was rescheduled from its original date on March 17 and 19 to July 28 and 30. 

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, July 28 & 30, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Please note that this course offering has been canceled.

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: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.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

Date: Tuesday, February 11 & 18, 2020
Time: 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, June 2, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development

Please note that Session 1 of this course has been canceled. 

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 I: CANCELED
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Sponsored by UNC Human Resources Organization & Professional Development


HR Policies & Procedures

Please note that Session 3 of this course offering has been canceled. 

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, December 4, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 3: CANCELED
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Equal Opportunity and Compliance

Please note that this course offering has been canceled. 

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, April 8, 2020
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 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, May 27, 2020
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, December 4, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 3: CANCELED
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 4
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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:  Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Session 3
Date:  Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 4
Date:  Tuesday, February 25, 2020                         
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 5
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Session 6
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 7
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Session 8
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 9
Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Session 10
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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 the 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: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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

Please note that this course offering has been rescheduled from its original date of May 12 to October 14. 

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: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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., March 2, 4, 6
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2
Dates: Mon., Wed., & Fri., May 18, 20, 22

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Employee & Management Relations

Please note that both sessions of this course offering have been canceled. 

This session will provide an overview of how discrimination and harassment are defined, specifically as it relates to religion in the workplace. It will define and identify inappropriate workplace behaviors; introduce the University’s Religious Accommodation policy and procedure, and provide information on religious holidays and the potential work restrictions associated with them.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Equal Opportunity and Compliance

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.

Session 1
Location: Wilson Special Collections Library Room 504

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

Session 2
Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries and University Archives

Please note that session 2 of this course offering has been canceled. 

This training will provide an understanding of University’s request for employees to self-identify; address why employees remain hesitant about providing disability and veteran status, as well as race/ethnicity and gender data; and provide employees with the information, clarification and reassurance they need to comfortably self-identify.

The session will cover the voluntary nature of employee self-identification with the mandatory requirement, by the federal government, to obtain and analyze the data for statistical purposes; the true definition of a person with a disability/impairment; what the request for self-identification is really asking for; and clarify misunderstandings related to providing this information.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-C

Session 1
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Session 2: CANCELED
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Equal Opportunity and Compliance


Work-Life & Wellness

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

It can be tough to be a teenager today—and tough to be a parent of a teenager. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by stories about adolescents and violence, sex, drugs, suicides, alcohol and crime. All of these concerns are very real, but the very good news is most teenagers really are okay. The relationship you’ve had with your child all these years will play a big part in how your teenager will act and grow now that they are older.

As your child matures, your relationship will change and become different, but it can still be positive and close. If you know what to expect, if you can look at things through your teenager’s eyes, it will help both of you. This workshop helps parents learn communication methods to talk to their teen.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify the attributes of a healthy parent/teen relationship
  • Identify why certain subjects are difficult to broach with your teen and recognize your own present level of comfort
  • Describe how trust, respect, transparency and discipline can be cultivated in your relationship
  • Identify the parent’s responsibility in addressing difficult subjects
  • Identify what factors contribute to teen pregnancy and drug abuse
  • Describe the influence of peer culture on your child
  • Describe how family problems and parental modeling place children at risk
  • Identify ways to monitor your child’s risk factors
  • Identify strategies for addressing difficult subjects with your child/teen
  • Describe useful guidelines for discussing alcohol and drug use
  • Identify helpful tips for addressing sexuality with your preteen
  • Identify the common mistakes parents make in attempting to communicate with their children

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC Work/Life & Wellness

Don’t let the idea that healthy food is expensive keep you from eating a balanced diet. Take time to learn strategies to enjoy healthy, nutritious foods while staying in your budget.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Identify barriers in your life that may prevent you from purchasing nutritious foods
  • Understand ways to increase the servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Strategize meal preparation to ensure meals come together quickly during the busy week
  • Limit food waste

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Please note that this course offering has been canceled. 

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: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Monday, April 6, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.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: Monday, April 6, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC Work/Life & Wellness

When you see the joy a 2 or 3 year old has on the playground swinging from the monkey bars, bouncing on the horse, and climbing to the top of the slide, it’s hard to imagine that it may take work and encouragement from parents to keep kids active. In many cases, however, children do become too sedentary, especially as they get a little older. Increasing demands at school and social pressures that make kids uncomfortable are just two of the factors that can make it difficult to keep kids physically active.

With the growing body of researching suggesting just how important physical activity is for children, this concern has become more important than ever. This workshop will explore the barriers that stand in the way of keeping kids active, and will offer parents tips on how to overcome the challenge.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe the benefits of keeping children physically active:
  • Identify physical benefits
  • Identify emotional benefits
  • Identify the barriers that stand in the way of keeping kids active
  • Describe tips for overcoming those barriers
  • Describe the factors that motivate children to be physically active
  • Identify the effects of fun
  • Describe the effects of mandates and punishments
  • Identify age-appropriate activities for keeping children active
  • Identify activities for preschool age children
  • Identify activities for school age children
  • Identify activities for teenagers

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Always on the go?  Don’t let your busy schedule damage your diet.  Learn how to plan ahead and improve your eating habits wherever you are.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of good nutrition on your body and mind
  • Learn how to plan ahead for healthy meal options on the go
  • Improve menu-reading skills to identify healthy choices
  • Identify healthy snacks to keep on hand

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Professional comedians shouldn’t be the only people to use smiling, laughter, humor and play as part of their daily routine. These skills are valuable for everyone. A good smile has long been a key tool for anyone who needs to influence others. Laughter is now shown to improve our pain tolerance. Humor and play can be the building blocks of problem-solving. Together they can improve our happiness and effectiveness.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of smiling for:
    • Improving your mood
    • Keeping a positive focus through an easy exercise
    • Building confidence and receptiveness among others
  • Use laughter to:
    • Improve cardiovascular health by practicing voluntary laughter
    • Enjoy the social dynamic of group behavior
    • Reduce stress
  • Use humor and play to:
    • Have fun by building simple jokes
    • Improve creativity by keeping editing separate from the creative process
    • Build relationships by saying, “Yes, and…”

Location: Online
Date:  Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

“Living the Good Life!” How often have we heard that statement? Usually it’s meaning is about happiness, health and satisfaction within our lives. In this session we’ll discuss what’s needed to accomplish “the good life”: what to bring along on life’s journey, what to leave behind, what to acquire along the way.

Webinar Objectives:

  • List what matters to you
  • Reflect and choose depending on your stage in life
  • Describe the “baggage” you are carrying around
  • Identify ways to get back on track when you veer from your purpose
  • Select the most significant obstacle
  • Decide what support you need

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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, February 4, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Benefits & Leave Administration

Please note that Session 2 of this course has been canceled. 

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

Session 1
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2: CANCELED
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020

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: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Holiday shopping can sink even the best budget if one is not careful. And post-holiday credit card bills can cause high levels of stress. This workshop will help you figure out how to get out of debt quickly and cost effectively, and take steps to make sure you don’t end up in debt again next year.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe ways to budget effectively to pay off existing debt
  • Describe which items should be paid off first
  • Identify ways to manage the debt leftovers through strategies such as do-it-yourself debt consolidation
  • Describe how to prevent future holiday debt
  • Describe how to prepare for next year’s holiday expenses
  • Identify ways to shop economically—both at stores and online
  • Consider alternative gift ideas—such as homemade items and charitable contributions

Location: Online
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
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-A
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
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: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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, April 16, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

This training will provide an overview of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the University’s Family & Medical Leave policy and procedure. Participants will learn about situations that necessitate FMLA leave, eligibility requirements, how to apply for FMLA leave, and who to contact for assistance. The course will cover the employee’s rights and responsibilities while taking FMLA leave and clarify the roles and responsibilities of the employee’s supervisor, departmental HR representative, and Leave Administration Consultant in the Office of Human Resources.

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Session 3
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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: Online
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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, January 29, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Benefits & Leave Administration

We have the choice of reinventing ourselves as a positive response to change. Austrian bodybuilder

Arnold Schwarzenegger won Mr. Universe and other body-building titles, then moved to a successful acting career and then was elected governor of California. We can choose to reinvent ourselves as the people we would like to become, rather than waiting for the future to find us. This session will look at getting started with self-reflection and planning. We’ll also look at self-improvement techniques. The role of mentors will be examined as well as ways to stay motivated.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand the reasons people reinvent themselves
  • Know some first steps for personal reinvention
  • Discuss different techniques people use to reinvent themselves
  • Know behaviors that help people succeed at reinvention
  • Discuss habits that help people support their reinvention

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

In the past five years, it has been routinely reported by researchers and the media alike that Americans are notoriously sleep deprived. There are numerous reasons why this may be the case. Yet while many people look towards improving their health via diet, exercise and ceasing bad consumption habits (e.g., junk food, cigarettes), sleep is often overlooked—or is it?

Sleep medications will surpass $5 billion in annual sales within the next year. Apparently not only are Americans having difficulty getting sufficient quantities of quality sleep, they are also having difficulties getting to sleep. This workshop provides the latest research findings regarding the importance of sleep and offers participants suggestions on how to improve their sleep according to priority and quality measures.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of sleep
  • Identify the purpose of sleep for the body/mind
  • Describe sleep’s role in memory consolidation
  • Identify the consequences of sleep deprivation on your body, your emotional well-being, thinking and productivity
  • Describe the elements of good “sleep hygiene”
  • Describe why consistency is the key in developing good sleep habits and preventing most problems
  • Describe the influence of light, temperature, sound in establishing quality sleep
  • Identify ways to assess your sleep needs
  • Describe how shift work, travel and erratic sleep patterns create risk for developing sleep disturbances
  • Identify any possible symptoms of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia
  • Describe resources available to address sleep problems

Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Please note that this course has been canceled. 

Many people fear getting older—whether this is due to the specter of Alzheimer’s disease or dealing with physical limitations of age, there are few people who look forward to aging. While there is no “fountain of youth” there are specific things people can do to remain mentally and physically young despite the advancement of time. This course identifies the most important things you can do to stay young for the rest of your life and offers practical ways of initiating those changes.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Describe the effects of aging on your body and mind
  • Identify common lifestyle choices which result in premature aging and illness
  • Identify the 3 most important things you need to avoid to remain young and vital as you age
  • Identify the 5 things you need to incorporate into your life to keep yourself young in mind and body
  • Describe how to incorporate these changes into your everyday routine

Location: 104 Airport Drive, 1501-A
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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

Session 1
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by UNC OHR Work-Life & Wellness

Please note that this course offering has been canceled. 

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-A
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Benefits & Leave Administration