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New online learning opportunities to successfully work from home

Registration open to UM employees

May 12, 2020 — 

After it was announced that UM employees would transition to working remotely due to COVID-19, Sandra Woloschuk started connecting with people about what the university could offer to support employees working in this new environment.

Woloschuk, associate director of learning and organizational development (LOD) quickly learned that employee needs centered on communication, collaboration, isolation, and some of the logistics involved in helping people to remain productive and feel connected.

They started by transitioning existing workshops, including the ones in the HR certificate programs, to synchronous online delivery and then created seven new workshops and three learning labs focused on working remotely in teams, time management, virtual meetings, building resiliency, and adapting to change.

“The response has been very positive, and we are happy to offer these resources to the community,” says Woloschuk. “These workshops will help people develop the skills that they need at this time.”

UM employees are encouraged to register for the upcoming online learning opportunities. Space is limited so register as soon as possible. 

More offerings of these workshops will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Time Management

May 12, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

In this workshops participants will explore strategies related to focus, productivity and task management. Through identifying our own peaks of productivity (and ability of self-management) participants can take charge over their busy workloads, becoming more effective for themselves and their teams.

Virtual Meetings

May 20, 2:00 to 3:30 pm; June 4, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Virtual meetings are a great way to bring people together when participants are separated by physical distance or other barriers.  In this workshop participants will observe how to plan and facilitate a structured and productive meeting using accepted protocols and etiquette.

Managing Teams in an Online Environment

May 22, 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Leading and managing a team can be trying under normal circumstances, but the virtual environment brings its own challenges. In this workshop participants will examine different approaches and supports to effectively manage a team virtually. Topics will focus on how to manage ongoing tasks, individual accountability and maintaining ongoing communication and collaboration within the team.

Learning Lab: Adapting to Change

May 14, 1:30 to 2:30 pm; May 20, 1:00 to 2:00 pm; June 1, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

In times of change, prioritizing a balance between current state management and future recovery planning requires consideration and clarity. In this learning lab, participants will examine and apply a three-step approach to identify their personal change adaptation strategy.


To register or learn more about LOD workshops, please visit: LODReg

More information about other LOD services can be found on the LOD home page

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