Saint Louis University

Employee Development Programs

We have several popular workshop topics that can be tailored to fit your organization's needs. We can mix and match the topics listed below or utilize SLU's vast resources to develop the areas you seek. We can also offer your employees opportunities for continuing education credits or design a program that is eligible for college credits. Let us create a customized professional development program to fit the employees of your organization.

Workshop Topics

Team Dynamics and Team Building
This program provides research-based information and teaches skills that can help teams maximize interaction and outcomes. It is applicable to anyone in an organization who is assembling a temporary or permanent team or already works in a team or department that would like to improve teaming processes and performance.

Topics include:

  • Differentiating teams and working groups
  • Making a team successful
  • Understanding how different motivational tendencies can affect team success
  • Working together more effectively
  • Building and leading teams
  • Maximizing team interaction and decision making

Leadership Development
More and more companies are beginning to suffer from leadership deficits that lead to unethical behavior in the workplace. Recent research also indicates that employees require career development opportunities in their companies. There is a need to strengthen existing leadership and to prepare future leaders. This program can target both types of participants. The program includes assessing one's leadership strengths and weaknesses and creating a leadership development plan.

Topics include:

  • Situational leadership
  • Coaching others
  • Fostering organizational vision
  • Strategic planning issues in organizations
  • Aligning strategy, structure, and culture

Stress and Stress Management
Stress costs U.S. companies an estimated $300 billion a year in absenteeism, healthcare costs, and lost productivity. This program provides participants with tools to replenish personal resources, to become more resilient to demands and to achieve greater emotional well being. Previous studies have shown that program participants exhibit decreased stress and depression, improved mood and work perceptions, higher productivity and lower absenteeism.

Topics include:

  • Managing workplace stress
  • Designing a comprehensive stress program
  • Using self-managed work teams to reduce the impact of stressors
  • Evaluating stress in the workplace

Healthy Workplace
Contemporary employees increasingly express a need to be engaged by their employers. With work-life balance and health and safety issues on the rise, organizations are finding that they must be creative in meeting employee needs in order to remain competitive. This program is directed toward organizations that are interested in identifying healthy workplace issues or developing new healthy workplace initiatives, based on the work of the American Psychological Association.

Topics include:

  • Creating effective two-way communication between the organization and employees
  • Linking healthy workplace programs to organizational outcomes
  • Diagnosing the health of an organization
  • Cultivating employee engagement in the workplace
  • Thinking through different healthy workplace programs

Employee Motivation
Employee motivation is a constant concern within organizations. Many organizations implement techniques such as Management by Objectives, 360 Feedback and compensation bonuses as ways to motivate employees to perform at a higher level. Unfortunately, this one-size-fits-all approach often does not yield results because all employees are different and require different motivational techniques. This program is directed toward organizations that are interested in finding new ways of unlocking the intrinsic motivation of their workforce.

Topics include:

  • Motivating others
  • Assessing motivational tendencies
  • Using the Inventory of Work Attitude and Motivation (iWAM) as a tool for selection, management, and group development

Mentoring and Employee Development
Many organizations are beginning to recognize the importance of retaining and developing their competence employees. Mentoring is a powerful way to help employees develop. This program is applicable to organizations that are interested in improving the development of employees through a mentoring process.

Topics include:

  • Designing, implementing, and evaluating effective mentoring programs
  • Successful mentors, proteges and partnerships
  • Mentoring principles, processes and roles

Managerial Communication
Few skills are as important to business and career success as the ability to communicate effectively. This program will help employees develop effective communication skills, with emphases specifically placed on interpersonal, public speaking in small and large group settings, business writing, technological workplace (such as email and PowerPoint) and negotiation skills. In doing so, employees will have a much clearer understanding of the components of strategic business communication and apply them in numerous business contexts.

Topics include:

  • Strategic communication
  • Effective business writing
  • Effective technological communication relating to email and PowerPoint
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Interpersonal communication (one on one)
  • Public speaking - small & large group presentations
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Effective listening skills
  • Assertiveness

Influence and Credibility at Work
The ability to work with and influence others is a key workplace skill. Furthermore, leaders must be able to align their people with the mission and vision of the organization. This program provides in-depth training on the sound use of tactics to influence work behavior and attitudes in an upward, lateral and downward direction. Participants will identify their preferred approach and learn how to flex their style according to the context and desired outcomes. Methods for building credibility and trust in professional relationships will also be discussed.

Topics include:

  • Understanding position and personal power
  • Utilizing social influence strategies across contexts
  • Building credibility and trust in work relationships

Balanced Scorecard Approach
The Balanced Scorecard is an approach to strategic management that has become popular in contemporary organizations. This program specifically targets those who would consider using a balanced scorecard approach as well as those who desire some assistance in constructing or implementing a balanced scorecard.

Topics include:

  • An introduction to the balanced scorecard
  • Using business metrics in constructing a balanced scorecard
  • The role of variances in the balanced scorecard approach
  • Using the balanced scorecard to take corrective action

Total Quality Management
Total Quality Management (TQM) is a way of increasing the quality of an organization's products or services. A TQM approach provides employees with more autonomy and control in improving the way products and services are provided to consumers. Participants will learn more about TQM, how to design and implement a TQM approach, and how to improve existing TQM processes.

Topics include:

  • An introduction to TQM
  • Organizational requirements for a successful TQM program
  • Designing a TQM process
  • Implementing TQM

Basic Principles of Financial Management
An organization's bottom line is taking on a renewed importance in modern business. It is no longer the sole responsibility of financial officers to keep track of the financial performance of the organization. Instead, more and more managers are becoming responsible for ensuring the financial viability of their departments. This program targets participants that have little formal training in financial management. Participation in this program will increase participant understanding financial reports, and how to use that information to make sound decisions.

Topics include:

  • A basic understanding of financial reports
  • Using financial management to build accountability in organizations
  • Financial planning and analysis
  • Measuring financial performance

For more information or to begin exploring the best options for your organization, please contact:

Justin Smith Justin Smith, MSHE
Community Outreach Coordinator 
Saint Louis University
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