Program Highlights-Professional Development Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Program Highlights

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August 28, 2014
Maximize Your Productivity: Create a Priority Plan, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Connan, University Center
Ever feel like there is not enough time in the day? Often we have so much to do and we find it difficult to get everything completed. Prioritization is the key to ensuring the right things are accomplished at the right time. In this workshop, we will examine strategies to determine what tasks need to be completed first. Then, each participant will develop a prioritization plan using valuable prioritization tools.

September 3, 2014
New Hire Orientation, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, University Center
Are you new to the university? Do you have a new staff member within your organization? The New Hire Orientation program is designed to welcome new staff members formally to the university. New employees are encouraged to attend within their first thirty days of employment to obtain useful information about the institution, resources, services and employee benefits.  

September 9, 2014
Efficiency Matters: Administrative Strategies that Work, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, University Center
Being successful in your role is a result of many factors. Having the right skills, knowledge and commitment is critical. What are the best ways to manage phone calls, emails, directions from the boss and all of the student or staff questions AND get your work completed? This session will explore administrative strategies that can assist in managing these everyday challenges. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to share their proven tips and learn from one another.  
September 10, 2014
Building Your Organization One Hire at a Time: Recruiting, Selecting and Onboarding, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Connan, University Center
Reviewing one hundred resumes for one position is a daunting task. Who is the best candidate? This session will provide participants guidance on evaluating organizational staffing needs, writing position descriptions and classifying positions appropriately, creating position postings that engage the appropriate candidate pool, designing effective interview processes and establishing solid onboarding practices.

September 16, 2014
Communication Primer, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., 322 Tepper
What did you say? What did you mean? What response did you receive? This session will serve as a primer for communication strategies in the workplace. This interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to practice communication techniques that will support effective communication in the workplace.

September 24, 2014
Success Starts With Me: Strategies for Success in Your First Year, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., McKenna/Peter/Wright, University Center
Transitioning to a new role and responsibilities can be a challenge. Understanding expectations, knowing what resources are available and feeling a part of the organization are all very important. This session will provide participants with strategies to navigate a new role, department and institution.

September 30, 2014
Assertive Communication Part One, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Connan, University Center
Assertive communication is one of the most effective and diplomatic ways to deliver ideas, thoughts and opinions. This active workshop, Part One of a three-part series, will provide participants with key strategies for communicating assertively while demonstrating respect for others.