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Special Topics

This category includes a variety of courses designed to review specific and trending topics and training needs within the university.

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The “Grab n’ Go” series provides attendees with information on various topics related to work, personal success and goal-setting. These succinct, one-hour courses provide strategies that can be immediately applied on the job. Many of these courses feature experts from outside RIT who provide fresh ideas. We hope you can attend multiple sessions throughout the series to fill your toolkit. 

Courses

The current economic climate brings both challenges and opportunities from a financial perspective. You may wonder during these challenging times: “What should I be most careful about” and “What should my family and I work towards?” The 10 financial tips discussed in this work shop will get you on the road to financial well being during challenging times.

  1. Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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This course will touch on pertinent topics such as how to prevent identity theft, common ways identity theft occurs, and what to do if you become a victim of identity theft. Participants will also be educated on the resources available to them if an identity theft situation occurs.
 

  1. Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 9:30am to 10:30am
  2. Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am
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Many of us are impatient at times. And when we lose control of our patience it hurts not only us, but those around us. Impatience raises our stress levels and over time can even inflict physical harm to our bodies.
But it seems that patience is a skill that is quickly diminishing, but one that constantly needs improving. You see examples of impatience and patience throughout each day; when you’re stuck in traffic, when you’re waiting in line for the grocery store, and when your children are taking too long to get ready for school in the morning. Even if you don’t rate your own level of personal patience as being very high, the good news is that with practice, you too can learn to be more patient in your life.

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Using the philosophy that “those who are happy at home perform better on the job,” this workshop was developed
for those who feel burdened with too many responsibilities and without enough time for personal enjoyment. This
workshop will help participants explore and define home responsibilities, identify career requirements and prioritize
leisure time. The resulting better balance will help achieve more in one’s career and at home.

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In today’s work world, we often need to work in groups of people who have many differences, and yet are supposed to seamlessly form an effective team. We’ve all heard the term “teambuilding,” and at one point or another most of us have gone through a teambuilding process, whether we know it or not. But what exactly is teambuilding and how can it be successfully used to help diverse groups work together more effectively? Understanding the main building blocks and development stages of teams can give any group of people the right tools to form a cohesive and productive group.

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Overwhelmed by all of the investment choices in your retirement plan?  Feeling intimidated by investment decisions? Finance and Administration is now offering the first course in the Financial Education Series: Beginner's Guide to Investing designed specifically to alleviate the anxiety associated with making investment decisions. The topics covered in this course include:

  • Why companies issue stocks and bonds
  • What a mutual fund is
  • Why individuals invest in stocks 
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Whether in your personal or your professional life, are you the kind of person that brings out the best in others? Do people shine around you, or do they tend to withdraw, hesitant to show their best? Some people seem to have a knack for challenging, motivating and inspiring their friends, family members and coworkers. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to do your part to make sure others are at their best around you.

  1. Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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An important part of recruitment for faculty and staff positions is dispositioning the candidate pool during the initial review process. This class will demonstrate how to disposition candidates, and functionality in the system for ease in the process.

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Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the “mind/body connection.” When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right. For example, high blood pressure might develop after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one. People with good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress
and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships. Poor
emotional health can weaken your body’s immune system, making you more likely to get colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times. Also, when you are feeling stressed, anxious or upset, you may not take care of your health as well as you should. You may not feel like exercising, eating nutritious foods or taking medicine that your doctor prescribes. Abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs may also be a sign of poor emotional health.

  1. Monday, November 9, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillian and Al Switzler, is a course that teaches how to create alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high stakes, emotional or risky topics, at all levels of our organization.  This activity – focused session gives participants a sample of the full 16 hr. course.  Along with seeing the crucial conversations model in its entirety, this activity-focused session gives participants the opportunity to learn what creates a crucial conversation and practice 2 of the 16 skills described throughout the full course.

 

The full book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High is available to RIT staff, faculty and students on E Learning Zone.

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How to use Career Zone to effectively manage your candidate pool during the search process.

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The United Stated Department of the Treasury has proposed a set of financial core competencies that will be used to establish a clear understanding about what all adults should know regarding the basic concepts of financial literacy. The five core concept areas identified are:

›› Earning
›› Spending
›› Saving
›› Borrowing
›› Protecting against risk

This session covers the basics (or essentials) of each area and describes practical skills needed to competently address (or manage) their personal finances.

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Why do some people seem happy and others just seem miserable all the time? Science suggests that each person has
a range in their capacity to experience happiness and that range is different for each person. However, it is possible to
live our lives in the upper end of that range if we apply ourselves and follow certain principles. There is no one key to
happiness but a set of principles that are critical to follow. This training incorporates a brief happiness questionnaire,
a description of the various factors associated with happiness and concludes with a substantive discussion of specific
ways to increase your happiness potential.

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There are many effective tools in Career Zone that you as an employee have access to. Come learn the ways to use Career Zone!

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Each year private foundations give away $50 BILLION in grants. The Office of Foundation Relations has helped RIT secure $30 million in grants over the last five years. Come to any one of these sessions to find out how they can help you obtain funding for your work.

 

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As we move through life, our needs, priorities and situations change, as well as our skills, competencies, interests and values. How often do we take the time to assess our current situations to see if it aligns with our work/life goals? When attempting to achieve these goals, are work or personal habits working for us or against us? Developing new success habits that move us toward our goals will help us achieve better results in our work and personal lives.

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Receiving criticism is an important and valuable skill. To achieve success in any endeavor we must be able to tolerate critical feedback and learn from it. However, receiving criticism is difficult for most people. Upon receiving criticism we feel vulnerable and become defensive and thereby miss opportunities to benefit from feedback. This workshop will help you explore why we become defensive, deliver tips for knowing when your “hot button” has been pushed and how to accept and integrate useful criticism. The training will also instruct though examples and/or role plays.

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This session will review the new online payment options including Special Assignment and Add Pay types.  In addition we will be reviewing the new  approval rules and hierarchy for all payment types including Adjunct and Overload payments.

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While you obviously need the appropriate knowledge and skills to do your job, the mind-set with which you approach your work plays a dominant role in your ability to perform. If you’re discouraged, you work sluggishly, think small and give up easily. However, when you feel good, confident and exhilarated you can win people to your side and create dazzling projects. This workshop will help participants explore how attitude can change their life and will provide them with opportunities to develop a more positive mind-set.

  1. Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
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There are conversations in which the stakes are high: asking for a raise, ending a relationship, giving a critical
performance review, confronting disrespectful behavior, apologizing or disagreeing within a group. This workshop isabout developing the skills to initiate the conversations which most people find difficult, unpleasant and generally avoid.You will learn the practical skills involved in framing a problem without blame or defensiveness and how to keep theconversation productive.

  1. Monday, September 14, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Global financial markets and the state of the U.S. economy continue to dominate the headlines. Take advantage of this latest opportunity to improve your knowledge in the areas of financial markets and investments. Finance & Administration is now offering the second course in the Financial Education Series: Intermediate Guide to Investing. The topics covered in this course include:

  • How and where are securities traded
  • The role of fund managers
  • Investment strategies employed
  • Role of diversification in a portfolio
  • Key information to look for in a prospectus
  • Lifecycle funds
  1. Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
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Did you know that RIT now has a site license for Faculty/Staff and Student Employees to utilize unlimited Teleconferencing?  The product is called BlueJeans.  Join us for an introduction into this great service that works with any PC, Mac or even just a telephone.
 
You will learn in this introductory class:

  • How to access your BlueJeans account that is already built here at RIT
  • How to schedule meetings and learn about your private constant meeting room
  • How to use the software using any web browser or their own custom app.

Bring a laptop, a smart phone or tablet to the class and you can setup your account while you learn all the exciting features.  (Not a requirement to attend)
Experience the benefits of better communication and collaboration provided by face-to-face video conferencing. (Saving you valuable time)

  1. Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Lynda.com is an online learning platform with video tutorials in a number of disciplines: 3D, video, business, photography, web design, graphic design, and more. The number of courses is over 3,000 and new content is added weekly from respected professionals. This course is designed to help RIT faculty and staff navigate through Lynda.com. We will also explore the reporting features in Lynda.com and E-Learning Zone so learners will know how they can view the courses they have completed.

  1. Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  2. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  3. Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
  4. Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am
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This course is specifically designed for people that have not had an opportunity to create a resume in the past or have limited experience in creating a resume.  It will share a basic understanding of resume writing and the guidelines associated with composing a resume.

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Professional comedians shouldn’t be the only people to use smiling, laughter, humor and play as part of their daily routine. These skills are valuable for everyone. A good smile has long been a key tool for anyone who needs to influence others. Laughter is now shown to improve our pain tolerance. Humor and play can be the building blocks of problem-solving. Together they can improve our happiness and effectiveness.

  1. Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 9:30am to 10:30am
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As announced in our recent benefits open enrollment newsletter, we have selected GuidanceResources® as RIT’s new provider of employee assistance program (EAP) services as of January 1, 2015. Your GuidanceResources benefits will give you and your family members confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. These services are provided at no charge to you. 
What is the EAP? The EAP can help you live the life you want, achieve your personal goals and work through the issues that may be challenging you. The EAP is a free-of-charge, confidential service that provides work-life support, legal and financial consultation, and counseling. The EAP is available to you, as an RIT employee, and to your eligible family members. The EAP is completely confidential. No information about your participation in the program is provided to RIT.
 
Life can be stressful. Your EAP is designed to provide short-term counseling services for you and your family members to help you handle concerns constructively, before they become major issues. Call any time about concerns such as marital, relationship and family problems; stress, anxiety and depression; grief and loss, job pressures and substance abuse.  Resources are also available to assist you with matters such as child and elder care, legal and financial concerns.
 
 
Please join us to learn about our new EAP program!
 
If you are unable to join us but want to contact the EAP, you can reach them as follows:
Call toll-free: 844-572-9730/V and 800-697-0353/TTY
Go online: www.guidanceresources.com; enter the Web ID: RITEAP

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As announced in our recent benefits open enrollment newsletter, we have selected GuidanceResources® as RIT’s new provider of employee assistance program (EAP) services as of January 1, 2015. Your GuidanceResources benefits will give you and your family members confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. These services are provided at no charge to you. 
What is the EAP? The EAP can help you live the life you want, achieve your personal goals and work through the issues that may be challenging you. The EAP is a free-of-charge, confidential service that provides work-life support, legal and financial consultation, and counseling. The EAP is available to you, as an RIT employee, and to your eligible family members. The EAP is completely confidential. No information about your participation in the program is provided to RIT.
 
We understand that as a Manager or supervisor you manage many roles and we think that the EAP can help support you both professionally and personally. The EAP can be a referral resource for you when you may have an employee who is facing challenges that may at some point impact their work. Examples of this would include, loss of a child care, new concerns about an elderly relative, family discourse that they may have shared, challenges outside of work etc. The EAP can be there as an expert to help guide employee’s and support them to be successful in their responsibilities.
 
Life can be stressful. Your EAP is designed to provide short-term counseling services for you and your family members to help you handle concerns constructively, before they become major issues. Call any time about concerns such as marital, relationship and family problems; stress, anxiety and depression; grief and loss, job pressures and substance abuse.  Resources are also available to assist you with matters such as child and elder care, legal and financial concerns.
 
 
Please join us to learn about our new EAP program!
 
If you are unable to join us but want to contact the EAP, you can reach them as follows:
Call toll-free: 844-572-9730/V and 800-697-0353/TTY
Go online: www.guidanceresources.com; enter the Web ID: RITEAP

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Stress is experienced in the body as tension. To manage stress we have several choices: reduce or eliminate the stressor, think about the stressor differently so it no longer causes tension or change the way our body reacts to stress. The course will address the third option through exploring a variety of relaxation techniques to calm the body and mind. The class will allow participants to learn and experience several simple relaxation tools such as progressive muscle relaxation, abdominal relaxation breathing and visualization.

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“Living the Good Life!” How often have we heard that statement? Usually it’s meaning is about happiness, health and satisfaction within our lives. In this session we’ll discuss what’s needed to accomplish “the good life”: what to bring along on life’s journey, what to leave behind, what to acquire along the way.

  1. Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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In these sessions, you will receive tips to identify, control and prevent ergonomic risk factors at home and at work.

Topics covered include:

  • What is Ergonomics?
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Risk Factors
  • Ergonomics everyday
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When we use it properly, email is an incredibly useful communication tool. Unfortunately, many of us feel overwhelmed by the amount of email that we receive and are unsure how to organize it. However, there are ways to manage your email so that you're more productive. This session is designed to be an open discussion about the various tools within Microsoft Outlook that we often overlook.  We’ll share some of our tips and tricks for taming the email beast and we welcome any ideas you’d like to share with the group.

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The idea of mindfulness or being mindful is complete engagement in the present moment. It is a state where you are not thinking, reflecting, judging or deciding, but are instead simply experiencing the things currently in your available experience. In many ways people are largely unaware of our present moment, and often operate on “auto-pilot” to some degree. The auto-pilot mode is our default mode of operation. Even when we find ourselves in a pleasurable
quiet moment we automatically begin to daydream about others, plan/worry about the future or ruminate about the past. We miss living in the present moment because we fail to pay attention to it. Mindfulness is about waking up to the present moment and paying attention to our experience. Learning mindfulness is not difficult; however, it is difficult to remember to do it. This training discusses mindfulness and how to incorporate its practice into your life.

  1. Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:30am to 10:30am
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This session reviews the basic navigation and functionality of E-Learning Zone as well as how to utilize the Center for Professional Development for your professional development interests and needs.

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Taking time to clean out your paper files is about as exciting as when your mother told you to clean your room. Who has time for that when there are so many projects hanging over your head? Yet, chances are your file cabinets are so full they are about to explode and you’ve restored to stacking and stuffing your paper. On top of that, do you really know what is in all of those files? Take the first step to reclaiming your filing cabinets and learn about how to conduct a successful File Clean Out Day.

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The Office of Staff Recruitment is offering hiring managers and supervisors the opportunity to improve their hiring processes to select the best candidate for the position. We will be introducing the new staff recruitment selection & hire process checklist. In addition, three key areas addressed will be:

  • How to write an effective external job posting
  • Partnership with staff recruitment during the hire process
  • New-Guidelines for Hire & Selection Process
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Work, family and personal life responsibilities can feel overwhelming, and it sometimes seems as if a 24-hour day simply isn’t long enough to get everything done. Unfortunately, no one has yet found a way to add a 25th hour to the day, so we’re all forced to do the best with the time we have. By following the principles discussed in this workshop, you may still never get everything done, but you should feel more in control of your very busy life.

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Whether they take place in the workplace or in one’s personal life, conflicts are inevitable; however, that does not mean that they must always be damaging. When emotions are understood and reason is used to handle conflict, the result can actually be strengthened relationships rather than damaged ones. This workshop discusses how you can replace pure emotion with rational decision-making when dealing with conflict.
 

  1. Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Goal setting gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. The process of setting goals allows you to choose where you want to go in your personal life as well as your professional career. A life without goals is like a road trip without a map. By knowing exactly what you want to achieve, you are less likely to get lost, and you will be happier and less frustrated along the way.

  1. Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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