Training and Professional Development

Our hands-on training, lectures and seminars are designed to provide the Brandeis community with a variety of programs intended to positively impact quality of life and job satisfaction and to develop an individual's ability to initiate and implement change within the employee's work life.

For dates, times and registration information, please click on the workshop you are interested in below, or click on "Expand All" for a complete menu. Additional inquires can be directed to the Training Department at 781-736-4470.

*Training sessions are subject to change.

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New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation  

This workshop is required and provides new employees with the necessary information and tools to successfully work at Brandeis. Topics covered include: an overview of the history and makeup of Brandeis, important policies and procedures, an overview of the function of and services provided by the Office of Human Resources, and general campus resources and information.

New Employee Orientations are offered on the following dates:

Wednesday, Feb 1st              9:00 – 12:00 pm                         HR Conference Room           register

Wednesday, Feb 15th            9:00 – 12:00 pm                         HR Conference Room           register

Wednesday, March 8th          9:00 – 12:00 pm                         HR Conference Room           register

Wednesday, April 12th          9:00 – 12:00 pm                          HR  Conference Room         register

Wednesday, May 10th           9:00 – 12:00 pm                         HR Conference Room           register


Professional Development Workshops

Preventing Sexual Harassment and Title IX Workshop

The workshop will provide managers, faculty and staff with the information and tools necessary to recognize, prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault.  The workshop will incorporate the impact of diversity on these issues and will discuss the role managers and faculty have as Responsible Employees and the mandates under Title IX.   

Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

The workshop will be held on the following dates/times:

Date

Time

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Tuesday, January 24

9:00-11:00 am

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Monday, February 13

1:00-3:00 pm

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Wednesday, March 29

9:00-11:00 am

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Thursday, April 13

9:00-11:00 am

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Tuesday, May 2

1:00-3:00 pm

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Please contact Cynthia Farquhar at farquhar@brandeis.edu with any questions.

Brandeis Managers: How to Conduct an Effective Performance Review

It is once again time to conduct annual performance reviews for your staff. All full-time and part-time regular staff should be receiving an annual performance review by June 1st. This workshop will provide managers with the tools and information necessary to conduct an effective performance review. Participants will learn the following:

  • How to accurately document performance
  • How to provide effective feedback to employees
  • How to write a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)
  • How to assess professional development and training needs
  • How to continue to motivate your employees
  • How to conduct difficult conversations with employees who need to show improvement

Light refreshments will be served

The workshop will be offered as follows:

Friday, March 17                    9:00 – 11:00 am                         HR Conference Room           register           

Monday, March 27                 1:00 – 3:00 pm                           HR Conference Room           register

Wednesday, April 5                 9:00 – 11:00 am                       HR Conference Room           register               

Note: All managers must complete Performance Reviews, even if you cannot attend a workshop. For questions about the training, please contact Cynthia Farquhar at 6-4470. For performance review questions, please contact Linda Shinomoto at 6-4456 or Deborah Jenkins at 6-4472.

For Non-Managers: How to Make the Most of Your Performance Review

It is once again time for annual performance reviews. This workshop will provide employees with the tools and information necessary to make the most of your performance review. Participants will learn the following:

  • How to accurately document your performance
  • Creating a “Yay me!” file highlighting your accomplishments
  • Thinking about what would be helpful for professional growth
  • How to have a productive conversation with your supervisor

Light refreshments will be served

The workshop will be offered as follows:

Friday, March 24                    9:00 – 11:00 am                          HR Conference Room           register           

Thursday, March 30               1:00 – 3:00 pm                            HR Conference Room           register

Thursday, April 6                   9:00 – 11:00 am                          HR Conference Room           register
Getting Unstuck: Overcoming Procrastination

Whether it affects us personally or professionally or both, most of us have wrestled at different times with procrastination. Why do we do this, especially when we know all too well it only makes matters worse? Procrastination is a behavior that affects everyone to some degree or another. Join us for this thought-provoking seminar where we will explore the characteristics and likely causes of procrastination, the inner-workings of what is occurring behind the scenes that lead to procrastinating behavior, and then examining several tools that can help us to overcome procrastination.

Wednesday, March 1             1:00 – 2:00 pm                   Hassenfeld Luria                     register
Goal Setting Strategies

We have all set goals before and, even with the best intentions, it can be easy for them to get pushed to the back burner. How can we set goals for behavior change that really stick? Join us for this informative session where we will learn how to create SMART goals and action plans. We will also identify potential obstacles to achieving goals, review techniques for navigating them, and develop strategies to help ensure ongoing success.

Tuesday, April 4                      10:00 – 11:00 am               Hassenfeld Luria                     register
Maximizing Your Day

To keep up in today’s dynamic and fast-paced business environment, people continuously need to improve their planning and prioritizing skills. Feeling overwhelmed by competing priorities, tight deadlines, meetings, emails and interruptions can derail professional growth, impair team performance and lead to stress and burnout. The focus of this program is on obtaining practical skills, tools and techniques to maximize collective gains in effectiveness and increase productivity. Through interactive participation and analysis of their own data, participants will learn a set of tools they can apply on a continuing basis to achieve better results.

Thursday, May 11                   10:00 – 11:00 am               Hassenfeld Luria                     register           


SkillPath Workshops

Strengthening Your People Skills at Work

Gain essential skills for understanding, relating to and working better with all types of people, even the most difficult, during this extraordinary one-day workshop.

In this course, you will discover how to make others feel valued; improve result in dealing with difficult people by better understanding them, as well as being able to break out of your comfort zone to feel more at ease in unfamiliar settings and activities. You will learn how to give sincere praise, work through conflict and build the essential people skills that make all the difference to an organization’s success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase interpersonal success through self-awareness
  • Build rapport for solid working relationships
  • Persuade and influence others to your way of thinking
  • Handle tough situations and difficult people
  • Work through conflict with tact and finesse
  • Get your message across in unique situations

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Date:  Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

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Please contact Cynthia Farquhar at farquhar@brandeis.edu with any questions.

Mastering the People Side of Project Management

Discover what everybody involved in a project really wants from the leader ... and how to give it to them. In this workshop you will learn how to tap into the hidden power all project leaders possess but 99% fail to use.

Learning Objectives:

  • How the role of a “project manager” is fundamentally different from that of a “traditional manager”
  • 7 common sources of conflict on a project team... and the one that is—surprisingly—the root of them all
  • How to make clear—right from the start—reporting relationships, overlapping areas of responsibility and other gray areas that can cause big problems later
  • How to develop a simple “skills inventory” that will help you identify potential team members and—most importantly—avoid selecting the wrong ones
  • How to master the art of influencing others…the trusted weapon of the project manager who has responsibility but little authority

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Date:  Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

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Please contact Cynthia Farquhar at farquhar@brandeis.edu with any questions.

Building Your Emotional Intelligence

The ability to recognize, understand and manage emotions, yours and others’, in a positive and constructive way—is a greater predictor of success than IQ, education or experience.

This revolutionary communication seminar goes far beyond “people skills” to boil down the essentials of emotional intelligence into language anyone can understand. No theory here. Just the practical skills and motivation you need to improve all your work relationships reduce stress and frustration and advance your career.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how your feelings, reactions and emotions affect your work relationships
  • Start choosing how you act—instead of responding automatically
  • Easily work with people with personalities and communication styles different from yours
  • Stay flexible and open in the face of change
  • Keep yourself and others from overreacting in emotionally charged situations
  • Anticipate problem situations and the underlying emotions and be prepared

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Date:  Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

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Please contact Cynthia Farquhar at farquhar@brandeis.edu with any questions.

Critical Business Communication Skills

Communication skills are what make and break careers. One communication blunder, and your reputation is at risk. And let’s face it, people simply don’t forgive and forget when we say the wrong thing.

Think about it: Have you ever stood by silently while someone else got credit for your great idea? Have you ever stuck your foot in your mouth and beat yourself up for days over it? Have you ever stressed when talking to upper management?

People just like you face situations just like this (and even more) every day. It’s up to you to make the most out of these opportunities. And having the confidence to know what to say is your key to long-term career success. That’s where this course comes in.

Learning Objectives:

  • Persuade others to your way of thinking and gain their cooperation
  • Succeed in meetings by presenting your ideas powerfully and confidently
  • Write emails that grab attention and get results
  • Increase the amount of information you receive from any exchange through active listening
  • Deliver effective presentations confidently and with specific purpose and intention
  • Make the most out of networking opportunities and use networking as a valuable source of professional support

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served.  There will be a one hour break for lunch.

Date:  Monday, May 1, 2017

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

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Please contact Cynthia Farquhar at farquhar@brandeis.edu with any questions.


Online Professional Development Workshops

Lynda.com web-based instructional videos

All active staff, faculty and students have unlimited access to an online library of over 2,500 high quality web-based instructional videos offered through Lynda.com.   

  • Learn new skills and new technology at your own pace
  • Improve Excel, Word, Photoshop, video editing, business skills and programming
  • Design customized playlists of courses or individual tutorials
  • Keep track of course history and provide certification of completion, if desired

Lynda at Brandeis can be accessed via the Brandeis Apps panel on the community login page, the LTS website, on Latte or by typing go.brandeis.edu/Lynda in a browser of a computer connected to the university network.

Log in using your UNetID and password.  

If you have any questions, or need assistance using the site you can visit Lynda at Brandeis FAQs or contact the LTS technology service desk.

Library and Technology Services computer workshops available for staff

Library and Technology Services computer workshops

For Library and Technology Services computer workshops available for staff, please click here.