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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Ontario Tech employees have many opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge they need to advance in their careers. Managers and supervisors are encouraged to support their staff in pursuit of professional development and personal growth in order to contribute to a positive and productive work environment. 

 

May 2022

  • Setting Meaningful Goals

    Title: Setting Meaningful Goals
    Date: Tuesday, May 26
    Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: Virtual Workshop

     

    Overview:

    We all struggle with goal setting and achieving the goals we set for ourselves. Sometimes objectives are not clear, expectations are unrealistic, or we lack the belief that we can achieve our goals. To stretch our capabilities and remain excited about our ambitions, there are specific principles to follow for setting our goals and seeing them through. In this workshop, you will learn those principals so you’re able to approach goal setting in an energized and confident manner and consistently reach your targets.

    Key Benefits:

    • Successfully integrate new behaviours and skills
    • Increase clarity in day-to-day work
    • Boost productivity
    • Improv capacity to meet and exceed targets
    • Strengthen ability to overcome challenges
    • Enjoy greater job satisfaction
    • Improve alignment with team members, leaders and organization

    Participants will learn:

    • What makes S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals
    • Why it is so important to set goals
    • The elements of S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals
    • What to include in your S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals
    • How to communicate your goals
    • How to continually evaluate, reassess and ensure success in reaching your goals

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June 2022

  • Meaningful Partnerships at Work

    Title: Meaningful Partnerships at Work
    Date: Monday, June 6
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Company: Silver Consulting
    Facilitator: Dr. Seth Silver

    Why are some work partnerships exceptional while most are not? How can we establish and sustain an enhanced level of cohesion, connection, and collaboration in the most important work relationship, the one between a manager and team? What could remedy the high levels of isolation and anxiety so many feel at work these days?

    Workplace relationships are the key to success. In particular, the manager-team relationship is vital to group effectiveness and morale. The Workplace Covenant is a process to develop and maintain respectful, trustworthy, aligned and partnership-oriented relationships. This session outlines the need, the process, and then guides participants to develop a Workplace Covenanttm for their own group.

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  • Dealing with Incivility and Negativity in the Academic Workplace

    Title: Dealing with Incivility and Negativity in the Academic Workplace
    Date: Thursday, June 9
    Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Company: Silver Consulting
    Facilitator: Dr. Seth Silver

    If asked, most organizations will state they are committed to having a respectful workplace, where staff can share ideas and do their work without bullying, intimidation, or outbursts of incivility and negativity. Yet according to Harvard Business Review, 96% of employees have experienced strong incivility at work; 48% state they experience it weekly. And according to some research, academic environments are particularly ‘good’ at fostering incivility, negativity and bullying. Depending on where one sits on the organization chart, most employees at academic institutions, whether faculty or professional staff, can relate personally or have been witness to these negative displays at work. Incivility and negativity (and of course the more extreme forms such as bullying, harassment and intimidation) affect morale, productivity, reputations, even the students’ experience and the ultimate success of the school. As with any problem, you have to ‘name it, to tame it’. So this very real academic phenomenon must be recognized, described, and managers must be trained and committed to deal with it.

    In this session, you will:

    • Clarify the school's goals and standards on the work environment and why it matters.
    • Relate personally to experiences of being intimidated, bullied, or show severe disrespect.
    • Understand why these behaviours are often more likely to occur in academia than in the private sector.
    • Learn various concepts and strategies that relate to helping participants, at all levels, to deal with these situations when they occur.
    • Commit to being a part of the solution and helping to reduce and eliminate these problem behaviours from our school.

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  • Managing the Hybrid Workplace for Success

    Title: Managing the Hybrid Workplace for Success
    Date: Wednesday, June 15
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman

    Adapt your management style based on the needs of your hybrid team.

    It’s clear that the hybrid workplace is here to stay. What’s not clear for managers is how to deal with the challenges that come with a hybrid workplace. A recent KPMG Canada survey found that 81% of employees say their managers need to be better trained to effectively manage a hybrid workplace team.

    Discover how to address both the challenges and opportunities to create the best hybrid workplace for your entire team or organization.

    During this session, participants will learn how to:

    • Describe the challenges of a hybrid team and apply practical ways to deal with them.
    • Implement strategies to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equitably, regardless of location,
    • Apply techniques to alleviate the challenges of each role in your hybrid team.
    • Discuss techniques to adapt your management style based on the needs of your hybrid team.

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  • Spheres of Influence

    Title: Spheres of Influence
    Date: Wednesday, June 22
    Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
    Company: The Soft Skills Group
    Facilitator: Diana Kawarsky

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July 2022

  • Creating an Inclusive Hybrid Environment

    Title: Creating an Inclusive Hybrid Environment
    Date: Thursday, July 7
    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman

    Gain strategies to ensure equal visibility and connectivity for your entire team

    If you’re a manager, you know that the hybrid workplace offers attractive benefits for your staff as well as your company. But it also poses several challenges to be implemented effectively. Companies must be careful not to create a two-tier workforce where the in-office people get preferential treatment and better career opportunities than remote workers.

    During this session, participants will learn how to:

    • Develop an inclusive hybrid environment where everyone can freely speak out.
    • Implement Intentional collaboration strategies to improve productivity.
    • Apply techniques to keep your hybrid team connected.
    • Prepare leaders to manage hybrid teams.

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September 2022

  • Communicating with Respect, Civility, and Insight

    Title: Communicating with Respect, Civility, and Insight
    Date: Tuesday, September 20
    Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Location: In person, TBA

    Overview:

    The respectful workplace is one in which all employees are treated fairly; diversity, equity and inclusion is valued; interpersonal communications are positive and collaborative, and conflicts are constructively resolved. In this workshop you will learn how to understand and effectively respond to the intentions and actions of others at work. You will explore how to open the doors of communication and build respectful and trusting communities with your coworkers in a virtual, hybrid work or in person environment.

    Key benefits:

    • Create a psychologically safe work environment
    • Strengthen the work culture of a team
    • Improve morale and team communication
    • Increase productivity
    • Strengthen collaboration among team members

    Participants will learn:

    • To recognize, value, and support a respectful workplace
    • To describe respectful vs. disrespectful behaviours
    • To understand the difference between intent and impact
    • To understand causes and impacts of disrespectful behaviours
    • To effectively respond to inappropriate behaviour as a target and as a witness
    • To recognize the communication preferences of others and adjust for better connection
    • To create a sense of community with coworkers in a virtual, hybrid or in person work environment

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October 2022

  • Boost Productivity with a Growth Mindset

    Title: Boost Productivity with a Growth Mindset
    Date: Tuesday, October 4
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman

    What does it take to create productive, high-performance teams in the hybrid workplace? Key components for productivity are mindset, time management, and focus. Your mindset as a leader and the mindset of your team members helps determine whether your team is willing and able to explore new strategies, seek help from others and capitalize on setbacks. Productivity also stems from effective time management, such as how well you tackle interruptions and manage email overload. The most productive people don’t just manage their time well, they also manage their focus and attention, through sharing information in a timely manner.

    Success in a hybrid environment requires new ways of thinking and the flexibility to respond and change. In this session we explore how to create powerful mindsets, develop effective time management techniques, and increase focus to boost productivity in the hybrid workplace.

    During this session, participants will learn how to:

    • Examine our productivity mindset.
    • Discuss how to shift our mindset for greater productivity.
    • Discuss how to manage challenges to productivity work-life balance issues, inadequate reporting, and inefficient task planning.
    • Identify strategies that can increase your productivity for yourself and your hybrid team.
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships of Trust

    Title: Building and Maintaining Relationships of Trust
    Date: Thursday, October 6
    Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Overview:

    Without trust, our work environments can be stressful, and we can feel like we lack connection and collaboration with our coworkers. In this workshop, you will learn the specific behaviours that inspire trust and how to incorporate them into your work. Sometimes trust is broken or becomes eroded, and you will learn how to restore a trust based working relationship. 

    Key benefits:

    • Enhance collaboration
    • Open lines of communication
    • Deepen working relationships
    • Increase morale and motivation
    • Enhance credibility and influence
    • Improve performance and results

    Participants will learn:

    • Why trust is important
    • The important elements of trust
    • How to build trust with your coworkers, leaders and stakeholders
    • What to do when others enter the working relationship lacking trust
    • How to rebuild trust once it is eroded or broken

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November 2022

  • Mastering Hybrid Leadership

    Title: Mastering Hybrid Leadership
    Date: Thursday, November 17
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Company: Virtual Team Builders
    Facilitator: Claire Sookman

    Hybrid team leadership is a relatively new experience for most organizations. In fact, 65% of experienced leaders have preventable failures in their first attempts at hybrid teamwork. That percentage is even higher for new managers. If poor leadership behaviours go unchecked, they become entrenched and grow over time. These are highly preventable failures that negatively impact the entire organization.

    During this session, participants will learn how to:

    • Discuss the 4 types of hybrid leaders.
    • Rank your leadership skill set.
    • Apply what you have learned to a case study.
    • Describe strategies to implement the six key skill sets of a hybrid leader.
    • Create norms of behavior to foster team connection.

January 2023

  • Leveraging Self-Awareness to Enhance Business Relationships

    Title: Leveraging Self-Awareness to Enhance Business Relationships
    Date: Tuesday, January 17
    Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Overview:

    For us to realize our full potential and thrive in our careers, we must learn to recognize our preferences, strengths and what inspires us to succeed. We must gain insights into the interpersonal challenges faced by our coworkers and ourselves and develop strategies for addressing them. In this workshop, using the robust insights you will gain from completing a DISC Behavioural Styles assessment, you will learn how to recognize key behaviours and preferences in yourself and others and identify where shifts are required to increase trust and collaboration and create stronger working relationships.

    Key benefits:

    • Expand capacity to leverage behavioural strengths to achieve results
    • Better understand the behaviour of others
    • Elevate engagement and foster collaboration
    • Increase ability to meet the needs of others
    • Cultivate deeper working relationships
    • Enrich communication and build trust
    • Increase productivity and results

    Participants will learn:

    • To recognize their DISC behavioural style
    • To leverage the strengths of their behavioural style for better creativity, productivity and results
    • How to “speed read” the behavioural styles of others
    • To appreciate the differences in others
    • To better serve and influence others by flexing their behavioural style
    • To cultivate trust with others by demonstrating the behaviours that connect with them
    • To consider the communication styles of others for improved interactions and decision making

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