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Are you looking to increase your managerial skills and leadership opportunities?  The Supervision, Management & Leadership Classes mentioned below will assist you in these areas.

Class Calendar

Introductory Courses

Having Difficult Conversations with Employees

Facilitator: Peter Blackmer, Labor & Employee Relations Professional, UVM Human Resources
Audience: Supervisors and Managers
Time: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Course Number: SLE042

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: Participants must be in supervisory roles.

Description: Managing employee performance and their conduct in the workplace is foundational to having supervisory responsibilities, but rarely are supervisors instructed on “how” to be a good supervisor. Being an expert in the body of work your employees do is a great start, but understanding the psychology of workplace behavior, communication, and behavior modification will make you a great supervisor. This learning module will incorporate a variety of presentations including lecture, case studies, role-play and discussion. We will offer you some basic skills and strategies that you can hone and improve over the course of your career as a supervisor. To be sure, this isn’t easy nor and does it “come naturally” to very many individuals to have awkward and uncomfortable conversations, but, with practice and self-reflection you can sharpen your skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • You will develop skills for delivering meaningful and effective feedback.
  • You will be able to distinguish employee behaviors from employee traits.
  • You will identify strategies for when and how have difficult conversations.
  • You will improve your ability to be comfortable initiating uncomfortable conversations.

In a Nutshell: Labor & Employee Relations for Supervisors

Facilitators: Jes Kraus and/or Mary Brodsky 
Audience: Supervisors and Managers
Time: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: LGP010

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: Must be a current supervisor or manager 

Overall Objectives: In this workshop, we will cover the dynamics of managing both represented and non-represented employees effectively.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Labor/Management relationship building
  • Leave management
  • Policy and Collective Bargaining Agreement review
  • Statutory and legal considerations in working with represented employees

Performance Reviews: The Art & Practice of Effective Reviews

Facilitators: A Department of Human Resource Services & Affirmative Action representative
Audience: Supervisors and Managers
Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
PeopleSoft Course Number: SLE037

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: Participants must be in supervisory roles or attend at the request of their supervisor

Overall Objectives: This workshop will be an overview of best practices related to performance reviews at UVM.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the value of performance reviews
  • Understand how to prepare for and conduct performance reviews
  • Familiarity with the tools used to address performance issues and challenges

Multicultural Team Leadership

Facilitators: Dr. Sherwood Smith
Audience: Supervisors and Managers
Time: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: SLE041

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: Participants must be in supervisory roles.

This session is designed to give supervisors and managers strategies for developing a more culturally inclusive workforce. Managers will explore different cultural frameworks of leadership and learn key concepts that underpin cultural differences in the work community. The session will use exercises to model potential workplace issues. Participants will explore biases that create barriers preventing the formation of a multicultural and inclusive work environment.

New Supervisor Orientation (Full Day)

Audience: Newly hired supervisors, current employees who have taken on supervisory responsibilities and seasoned supervisors.

Time  7.5 Hours - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - breaks and lunch provided
PeopleSoft Code: NSC002

Prerequisites: Must be current Supervisor or Manager

Learning Outcomes:

  • An overview of important HR, legal and compliance policies.
  • Reflect on developing a managerial mindset
  • Provide guidance regarding valuable campus resources and an opportunity to meet other supervisors new to the University.

Temp Employee & Student Leader/Intern Guidelines: HR Rep/Business Manager Training

Facilitator: Kaitlyn Rooney, HR Services Supervisor
Audience: Supervisors
Time: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: POL027

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None 

Objectives & Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of UVM Temporary Employee Guidelines
  • Understanding of UVM Student Leader/Intern Guidelines
  • Awareness of where document resources are located or available
  • Understanding of how to assist supervisors with the temporary employee & student leader/intern hires and employment

Register for Classes

  1. Carefully read the class descriptions and prerequisites  to find what best aligns with your needs.
  2. Have the course code listed when you register.
  3. Log into PeopleSoft Human Resources and navigate the menu in the following order:
    1. Main Menu
    2. Self Service
    3. Learning and Development
    4. Request Training Enrollment