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Course Categories

Benefits Orientation & Workshops
Career Development
Communication
Diversity & Inclusion
Leadership, Management & Supervisory Development
Productivity, Effectiveness & University Budgeting
Technology
UC Compliance & Policy
Worklife & Wellness



Benefits Orientation & Workshops

  • Benefits Orientation Schedule
    Benefits Orientation for employees who are newly eligible for Full or Mid-Level benefits is held on a regular basis.

  • Retirement & Savings Workshops
    UC offers a range of retirement planning and financial education classes to help you make the most of the UC Retirement Savings Program.


Career Development

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Communication

  • What is Your Conflict Management Style?: Free
    May 1, 2014 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Ideally, when faced with conflict, we are all able to adapt our response to fit the circumstances. In reality, many of us have a habitual, “one size fits all” response, based on personal history and temperament. Using the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, this workshop will help participants identify their own conflict management preferences relative to five universal styles. We will also explore the stages of conflict (including recognizing early signs), and appropriate and inappropriate applications of each conflict management style.

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Diversity & Inclusion

  • Diversity & Inclusion Workshops
    The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers training that promotes career development, academic and staff employee retention, and provides diversity and compliance education. We seek to educate academic and staff employees about best practices aimed at creating an environment that values diversity and inclusion, is free from bias, and in which all employees are able to succeed.

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Leadership, Management & Supervisory Development

  • Writing & Delivering Performance Appraisals: Free
    June 10, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    In this classroom session managers and supervisors will learn the requirements and techniques for writing and delivering meaningful performance appraisals. Build understanding of how to plan, communicate and document in preparation for writing performance appraisals. How to base the performance appraisal on the job description, expectations and goals. Learn strategies for building a narrative, providing evidence of behaviors, and highlighting the impact of performance. Receive pointers for discussing the appraisal, utilizing self appraisals, and avoiding appraisal pitfalls. Review the appraisal forms and gauge the appraisal ratings.
    Instructors: Bill Parro, Assistant Employee & Labor Relations Manager, and Renée Mayne, Employee & Labor Relations Manager

  • Writing & Delivering Performance Appraisals: Free
    August 05, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    In this classroom session managers and supervisors will learn the requirements and techniques for writing and delivering meaningful performance appraisals. Build understanding of how to plan, communicate and document in preparation for writing performance appraisals. How to base the performance appraisal on the job description, expectations and goals. Learn strategies for building a narrative, providing evidence of behaviors, and highlighting the impact of performance. Receive pointers for discussing the appraisal, utilizing self appraisals, and avoiding appraisal pitfalls. Review the appraisal forms and gauge the appraisal ratings.
    Instructors: Bill Parro, Assistant Employee & Labor Relations Manager, and Renée Mayne, Employee & Labor Relations Manager

  • Webinar: Writing & Delivering Performance Appraisals: Free
    July 1, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    In this webinar managers and supervisors will learn the requirements and techniques for writing and delivering meaningful performance appraisals. Build understanding of how to plan, communicate and document in preparation for writing performance appraisals. How to base the performance appraisal on the job description, expectations and goals. Learn strategies for building a narrative, providing evidence of behaviors, and highlighting the impact of performance. Receive pointers for discussing the appraisal, utilizing self appraisals, and avoiding appraisal pitfalls. Review the appraisal forms and gauge the appraisal ratings. Internet and phone access are required to participate in the webinar. Instructors: Bill Parro, Assistant Employee & Labor Relations Manager, and Renée Mayne, Employee & Labor Relations Manager

  • Webinar: Writing & Delivering Performance Appraisals: Free
    July 29, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    In this webinar managers and supervisors will learn the requirements and techniques for writing and delivering meaningful performance appraisals. Build understanding of how to plan, communicate and document in preparation for writing performance appraisals. How to base the performance appraisal on the job description, expectations and goals. Learn strategies for building a narrative, providing evidence of behaviors, and highlighting the impact of performance. Receive pointers for discussing the appraisal, utilizing self appraisals, and avoiding appraisal pitfalls. Review the appraisal forms and gauge the appraisal ratings. Internet and phone access are required to participate in the webinar. Instructors: Bill Parro, Assistant Employee & Labor Relations Manager, and Renée Mayne, Employee & Labor Relations Manager

  • Webinar: Writing & Delivering Performance Appraisals: Free
    August 13, 2014 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    In this webinar managers and supervisors will learn the requirements and techniques for writing and delivering meaningful performance appraisals. Build understanding of how to plan, communicate and document in preparation for writing performance appraisals. How to base the performance appraisal on the job description, expectations and goals. Learn strategies for building a narrative, providing evidence of behaviors, and highlighting the impact of performance. Receive pointers for discussing the appraisal, utilizing self appraisals, and avoiding appraisal pitfalls. Review the appraisal forms and gauge the appraisal ratings. Internet and phone access are required to participate in the webinar. Instructors: Bill Parro, Assistant Employee & Labor Relations Manager, and Renée Mayne, Employee & Labor Relations Manager

  • Building Motivation and Morale: 1201 Shaffer Road, Training Room 161 -  Free
    July 30, 2014 1:25 pm - 2:55 pm
    Managers and supervisors will learn tools to assess the current state of morale in their unit and ways to strengthen morale and motivate their staff during this session. Participants will walk away with an understanding of how deal with low morale and the some practices on how reward and recognize others. The session will be facilitated by Wally Anderson, LCSW.
    Participants will:
    • Understand the difference between building morale versus motivating employees
    • Learn to assess current levels of motivation and morale for their workgroup
    • Identify strategies for maintaining or rebuilding employee morale
    • Develop action plans for helping employees achieve their goals
    • Learn how set a positive example for staff
    Intended for: Managers and Supervisors

  • Building Successful Teams: 1201 Shaffer Road, Training Room 161 -  Free
    August 6, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Managers will learn to identify the characteristics of effective teamwork, influence the work group function and recognize the signs of a team in trouble. This program will help participants form and maintain effective teams, and improve productivity and morale.
    Program highlights:
    • Define teamwork
    • Identify the qualities and characteristics of an effective team
    • Determine your individual work style
    • Learn how to modify your work style for team effectiveness

    Intended for: Managers, Supervisors and Team Leaders

    Presenter: Colin McKechnie
  • Coaching Techniques: 1201 Shaffer Road, Training Room 161 -  Free
    August 12, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Learning about coaching and development helps managers and supervisors acknowledge and apply appropriate techniques in their communications with employees. Participants will be able to successfully identify and address coaching situations, maintain workplace relationships with subordinate staff, develop employees, and improve productivity and trust.
    Program highlights:
    • Identify the value of coaching and development
    • Apply basic coaching competencies
    • Recognize when to coach

    This session is intended for managers & supervisors, participants should not attend this workshop with their direct reports.


    Presenter: Colin McKechnie

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Productivity, Effectiveness & Budgeting

  • What's My Budget?: Free
    April 30, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Ever had trouble figuring out your budget or deciphering status reports on your budget? This class will cover a wide range of budget basics - everything from what is a FOAPAL and why it is important; reading reports; utilizing information systems; and making resource projections. Attendees are invited to bring their toughest or nagging budget challenges. Time will be provided for questions, advice, and help solving your budget conundrums.

  • Demystifying Financial Transactions: Free
    May 19, 2014 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    A follow-up the the "What's My Budget?" class, this session will provide a more in depth explanation of the Financial Transactions report. The class will review the flow of information between campus financial systems, and provide guidance on decoding expenses on the Financial Transactions Report. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions specific to their own units' financial transactions.
  • The University's Budget: Free
    May 29, 2014 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    This session provides a general overview of the University's Budget and includes information on the major funding streams, the purpose of the budget and the systems we use to track and manage the University's resources. The class will provide insights into how the budget is developed, UC Office of the President funding formulas, the UCSC campus budget processes, and the assumptions that guide our planning. Highlights of the latest budget news will aslo be presented.


Technology

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UC Compliance & Policy

  • Fair Hiring: Best Practices in Staff Recruiting: Free
    Email Lori Castro, lhcastro@ucsc.edu for information on instructor-led workshops.
    Attracting and hiring the most qualified candidates to fill staff positions are essential to achieving our mission at UC Santa Cruz. Fair Hiring: Best Practices in Staff Recruiting is one of several UC Santa Cruz mandatory trainings. In this training, you will learn campus best practices to ensure fairness and excellence in all stages of the recruitment process.

  • Greenwashing (Online): Free
    Don't get taken in by deceptive marketing. Learn to buy green for UCSC.

  • Preventing Workplace Violence
    The intent of this handbook is to establish a Zero Tolerance Standard with respect to acts of intimidation, threats of violence, or acts of violence relating to the workplace (violence which stems from an employment relationship) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It is intended as a guide for employees, supervisors, and managers and has been prepared to aid in the recognition and response to employee workplace violence. A safe and secure workplace is essential to carrying out the mission of the University; the campus and its employees are committed to working together to create and maintain a workplace that is as free as possible from forms of harassing and threatening behaviors.

  • Safety Training
    EH&S provides training to UCSC staff, faculty, and students in a variety of environmental, health, and safety topic areas. Some courses are held on a regular, rotating basis, and can be found on the schedule maintained as part of the BAS Events Manager online registration system. Some are seasonal, depending on specialized needs or are presented as part of an ongoing series.

  • UC Compliance Trainings
    The Regental Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services (ECAS) has developed mandatory compliance training that reinforces the University of California Statement of Ethical Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct

  • UC Ready Training & Information Sessions
    Business Continuity Planning helps an organization respond to the impact of an emergency event or unplanned interruption to normal operations, and be able to continue to provide a minimum acceptable level of service during and in the immediate aftermath of such an event.

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Worklife & Wellness

  • Heart Health: Free
    February 13, 2014 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Dr. Johnson will outline the vital steps you need to know to prevent heart disease. He will review the latest research on what lifestyle changes have the most impact, summarize the new national guidelines on cholesterol management and provide tools on how to calculate your own risk.

  • Plant Based Diet 101 - What does it mean and Why should I do it?: Free
    March 26, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Come and learn why a diet of all plants may be just the dietary move your body has been asking for. Participants will learn multiple reasons why eating vegan is great for health and great for the planet. Vegan food samples will be served and sample recipes will be provided.

  • Plant Based Diet 201 - How to Implement!: Free
    May 21, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    In this second class of a 2-part series, we will explore what a day of balanced vegan eating looks like. Attendees will participate in vegan meal planning and sample local vegan treats.

  • Emotional Intelligence Series - Introduction to Emotional Intelligence: Free
    May 7, 2014 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    This 2-hour introductory class is the first in a series of 5 classes designed to present the concepts of emotional intelligence as explained by Daniel Goleman, psychologist, researcher and author. This class will introduce the concept of emotional intelligence, explore how the brain works in relation to emotions, consider how negative emotions hijack rational thought, look at the low road and high road pathways of the brain in relation to thought and emotion, and we'll learn that self-coaching could be an effective way to create new brain pathways. This class kicks off the remaining four classes that will approach the Goleman model of emotional intelligence: Self-Awareness Self-Management Social-Awareness Relationship-Management It is recommended but not necessary to take all five classes in the series.

  • Emotional Intelligence Series - Self-awareness: Free
    May 14, 2014 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    We know we have emotions, but we sometimes aren't aware of them until it is too late. This 90-minute class explores the first facet of Daniel Goleman's 4 categories of Emotional Intelligence: Self-awareness. Viktor Frankl posits that between stimulus and response is a space, and in this space is the power to monitor and make an appropriate response. This class discusses how we can become more conscious of our response mechanisms. The brain is capable of rewiring itself throughout our lives, and this class will offer what are called low-road and high-road techniques of building our neural circuitry that will serve to help us thrive in the workplace.

  • Emotional Intelligence Series - Self-management: Free
    May 21, 2014 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Managing emotions includes staying open to feelings and responses, learning from them, and using the information to modify reactions, make decisions and choose appropriate behaviors. This 90-minute class explores how we process emotions, how we can cope with negative emotions, learning to attune ourselves to positive emotions and how we can transform unhelpful emotions into more positive actions. You will learn a quick technique called emotional CPR to help us thrive in the workplace. This class is part of Daniel Goleman's 4-part principles of Emotional Intelligence.

  • Emotional Intelligence Series - Social-awareness: Free
    May 28, 2014 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    This class explores the third part of Daniel Goleman's 4 Principles of Emotional Intelligence: Social-Awareness. We know we have emotions and we recognize and try to monitor them. This class deals with understanding of what is going on with other's behaviors, thoughts, emotions and perceptions. Empathy is the ability to stand in another's shoes, to be able to nurture and grow positive relationships. This class looks at competencies of social awareness, how to monitor what is going on with others, the recognition that emotions are contagious, the ability to identify verbal and non-verbal triggers, and how we can listen more deeply.

  • Emotional Intelligence Series - Relationship Management: Free
    June 4, 2014 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    The last of the series of classes on Emotional Intelligence explores Daniel Goleman's 4th Principle: Relationship Management. This 90-minute class delves into the skills of understanding emotions, thoughts and behaviors of others that leads to effective interpersonal communication for everyone involved. Building these skills leads to influencing others, handling conflict effectively, and becoming a leader that embraces the Principles of Community here at UCSC. The class explores the competencies and benefits of relationship management such as building connection, relating authentically, and creating a positive work environment.

  • UCSC Wellness Workshops
    UCSC Wellness encourages and supports a healthy and thriving campus community.  We help you attain your highest level of well-being through wellness and health outreach, programs, classes, and education.  

  • UC Living Well
    Welcome to UC Living Well a holistic portal providing faculty, staff and retirees with physical, emotional, and financial resources to promote a healthy culture at the University of California.



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