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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information or to begin exploring the best options for your organization, please contact:
Director of Partnership Programs
Saint Louis University
School for Professional Studies