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 his or her 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: ext. 6-4470.

*Training sessions are subject to change.

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New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation

New-employee orientation is designed to give new faculty and staff an introduction to Brandeis University and a chance to meet other employees starting out at the university. New-employee orientation is distinct from benefits orientation, which provides an overview of benefits available to Brandeis employees.  Please contact Human Resources 6-4474 to register.

Date Time
Location
Wed, February 10, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HR Large Conference Room

The Human Resources conference room is located in Bernstein-Marcus.


Professional Development Workshops

Preventing Sexual Harassment and Title IX for Managers and Faculty

The workshop will provide managers and faculty with the information and tools necessary to recognize, prevent and respond to sexual harassment and sexual assault.  The workshop will discuss the role managers and faculty have as Responsible Employees, and will include discussion of  bystander intervention and how to prevent and respond to sexual assaults, as well as the impact on vulnerable populations such as minority groups and international students.

Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

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

Date Time Register
Thur, March 3 9:00-11:00 am Click here to register
Tue, April 5 9:00-11:00 am Click here to register
Thur, May 12 1:00-3:00 pm Click here to register
Planning for Professional Growth

Wednesday 3/23/16  12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room  register now

To help you better build a plan for career growth, this session will explore the difference between a job and a career, encourage you to formulate a vision of your ideal career and help you to develop goals for achieving that vision. You will also learn to tackle obstacles that can impede your progress and identify resources that can help you strengthen your plan.

Business Etiquette

Wednesday 4/27/16  12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room  register now

Social skills can help us build more productive relationships, project a positive image and enjoy greater levels of success. This workshop will include an interactive discussion on the do’s and don’ts of business etiquette, including e-mail etiquette.

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, due no later than April 30, 2016. 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

The workshop will be offered as follows:

Date Time Location Register
Fri, March 11  9:00–11:00 am HR Conf Room Register
Wed, March 23  2:00–4:00 pm HR Conf Room Register
Mon, March 28   9:00–11:00 am HR Conf Room Register
Wed, March 30 1:00–3:00 pm HR Conf Room Register
Thur, March 31 9:00–11:00 am HR Conf Room Register

Light refreshments will be served

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 Jenkings 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 out 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

The workshop will be offered as follows:

Date Time Location Register
Fri, March 11 1:00–3:00 pm HR Conf Room Register
Wed, March 23 9:00–11:00 am HR Conf Room Register
Mon, March 28 1:00–3:00 pm HR Conf Room Register
Wed, March 30 9:00–11:00 am HR Conf Room Register
Tue, April 5 1:00–3:00 pm HR Conf Room Register

Light refreshments will be served

For a complete menu of professional development workshops, please visit HR Training and Development Webpage or contact us at farquhar@brandeis.edu.


Brandeis is offering the following full-day workshops presented by Skill Path:

Professional Presentation Skills

Whether you’re speaking one to one, before a small group or to a large audience, your professional credibility gets a boost every time you present your ideas in a way that gets others to listen and respond positively to them.

The goal of this unique Skill Path seminar is to equip you to manage your anxiety, prepare your presentation, tailor it to your audience (of 1 to 1000), and deliver it confidently, persuasively and powerfully. Your new presentation skills will give you a powerful career advantage, you’ll be able to persuade others, motivate people and make things happen.

Learning Objectives:

  • Organize your thoughts to get the maximum impact
  • Begin and end with a bang
  • Setting exactly the right tone and pace with eye contact, gestures and facial expressions
  • Quickly achieve rapport with your audience
  • Pull off a successful performance under special circumstances
  • Technical tips for managing microphones, AV equipment, pointers and other message-enhancing gadgets

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

Date:  Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

Register now

Effective Teamwork Strategies

The focus on this course is effective teamwork, and that doesn’t happen by accident. You have to have team members who know how to properly communicate and deal with conflict and who have good problem‐solving and decision‐making skills.

This high‐impact training course will give your team members time‐tested tips and techniques they can incorporate into their daily activities to help create an environment that will result in creative, effective and peak‐performing teams. It will instill a passion that will allow them to rally their other team members to high‐quality, top‐notch performances day after day.

Learning Objectives:

  • What a team is and the developmental stages of highly effective teams
  • The role different personality types play in how a team functions
  • Enhance teamwork through proper communication
  • Learn to give proper feedback to team members
  • Identify the warning signs of impending team conflict
  • Quickly resolve team conflict and be a stabilizing influence on the other team members

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

Date:  Monday, April 11, 2016
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

Register now

Understanding the Four Generations of Employees

Today’s workforce is more unique than at any time in history as this is the first time in America that we have had four different generations of employees working together. Generational differences can impact everything from management style, team building, decision-making, handling change, customer service, and organizational productivity.

Each generation has distinct behaviors, attitudes, expectations, habits and motivation. In this dynamic and important one day program, participants will learn about their personal generational style. Plus, they will learn how to bridge their style to be more effective when dealing with others. Through interactive exercises, trainer-led discussions and fun group activities, participants will leave with a new insight into themselves and how to work more effectively with members of the other generations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the four distinct generations
  • Recognize the core values of the four generations
  • Understand what motivates each generation
  • Manage generational conflict and communication gaps
  • Learn from each other and how one may need to change to match other’s generational attitudes

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

Date:  Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Hassenfeld Luria Conference Room

Register now


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.
Hiatt Career Center Webinars for Faculty and Staff

The Hiatt Career Center is excited to open our career webinars to all members of the Brandeis community, including faculty and staff. Our monthly, 60-minute webinars feature expert presenters and career topics that appeal to listeners of all ages and in all industries.

For a schedule of Hiatt Career Center Webinars, please click here.


CPR/First Aid Lifesaving Training

CPR/First Aid Lifesaving Training
For CPR lifesaving training workshops, please click here.

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.