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January - June 2022

Self-paced eLearning with live, virtual workshops

Participants will earn a well-rounded foundation in human resource management and learn the personal skills critical to managing individual employees and the expertise needed to be successful in HR management.

 

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Registration Information

$200 per session

 

Build your program:

Select 6 out of the 8 sessions to receive an Essentials in HR Certificate (20 instruction hours) - $1,360. Each session is 2 hours of self-paced eLearning plus a 30-minute virtual workshop with the program instructor.

 

Who Should Attend

  • Entry-level HR business professionals with one to five years of experience
  • Small business owners/managers who oversee the organization’s HR functions
  • People looking to begin a career in HR
  • Agenda

    Crucial Communications

    Self-paced eLearning content:

    January 17 – January 25

    Live, virtual workshop: January 26 | 9-9:30 a.m.

     

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    Mindfulness for HR Professionals
    Self-paced eLearning content:

    February 7-15

    Live, virtual workshop: February 16 | 9-9:30 a.m.

     

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    Legal Context of HR Decisions - Employment Law
    Self-paced eLearning content:

    February 28 - March 8

    Live, virtual workshop: March 9 | 9-9:30 a.m.

     

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    Legal Context of HR Decisions - Employment Discrimination
    Self-paced eLearning content:

    March 21-29

    Live, virtual workshop: March 30 | 9-9:30 a.m.

     

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    Inclusive Leadership: Undoing Unconscious Bias & Emphasizing Empathy
    Self-paced eLearning content:

    April 11-19

    Live, virtual workshop: April 20 | 9-9:30 a.m.

     

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    Corporate Social Responsibility
    Self-paced eLearning content:

    May 2-10

    Live, virtual workshop: May 11 | 9-9:30 a.m.

     

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    Stress Management
    Self-paced eLearning content:

    May 23-31

    Live, virtual workshop: June 1 | 9-9:30 a.m.

     

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    Building Accountability as a Leader
    Self-paced eLearning content:

    June 13-21

    Live, virtual workshop: June 22 | 9-9:30 a.m.

     

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  • Topics

    Crucial Communications

    Bryan Edwards, Ph.D., Joe Synar Chair and Professor of Management, Spears School of Business.

     

    This seminar will advise participants how to communicate more effectively when emotions are involved, the stakes are high, and opinions vary. By better communicating, you will become a more effective leader and thereby positively impact the bottom line of your business. You also will gain knowledge regarding your style under stress. Typically,
    most individuals move towards verbal silence or towards verbal aggression when faced with a crucial interaction at work. By identifying your style under stress, you can better
    tackle methods to increasing your skill in successfully navigating crucial interactions. The takeaway will be an eight-step process that you can implement to sharpen your skills.


    Mindfulness for HR Professionals

    Abbey Davis, MBA, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice for Business Administration, Spears School of Business


    HR professionals wear a lot of hats and support a number of stakeholders across the organization who they work to connect and engage with daily. However, cultivating connection and engagement may seem more difficult than ever before with remote work options, constant distractions, and an ever-increasing focus on maximizing
    productivity. Finding a few minutes in the day to check in and connect with those they support, let alone themselves, may seem like an impossible feat. During this workshop
    participants will walk through a series of practices and exercises to help reconnect with themselves, so that they can in turn finds ways to promote trust and authentic connection with key stakeholders across the organization.


    Legal Context of HR Decisions - Employment Law

    Griffin Pivateau, J.D., Associate Professor of Legal Studies, Spears School of Business

     

    We will examine current issues regarding the law of the workplace. We begin by looking at important questions about the employment relationship. Who is an employee and who is an independent contractor? How can we restrict employees from working for a competitor? What duties does an employer owe its workers? And conversely, what duties does an employee owe to their employer?

     


    Legal Context of HR Decisions - Employment Discrimination

    Griffin Pivateau, J.D., Associate Professor of Legal Studies, Spears School of Business


    We will examine current issues regarding discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination law has experienced large scale changes in the last decade, presenting employers with a shifting liability landscape. In this class, we focus on the statutory regime regulating discrimination. But we look also at the cases interpreting discrimination statutes. Changing interpretations of the law may require employers to change the ways that they deal with interpretation.


    Inclusive Leadership: Undoing Unconscious Bias & Emphasizing Empathy

    Lex Smith Washington, Ph.D., Spears School of Business Senior Inclusion Officer, Associate Professor of Management and William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration, Spears School of Business


    Most informed leaders have learned about unconscious bias and heard that everyone has it. So, what does a conscious leader do to navigate the pitfalls of unconscious biases,
    and more importantly, recognize the barriers preventing their team from reaching it’s full potential? Wake up! The goal of this session is learning, which is the key to inclusive
    cultures. Learning allows us to become more curious, more reflective of our own tendencies, and open to seeing the world around us. Leaders today face new, dynamic and powerful challenges in bringing together and motivating people in their teams and organizations. This take more than brains and brawn – this takes deep and radical empathy, which is a practice that requires not only taking the perspectives of others but also taking action to create positive change.


    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Jennifer Coonce, MBA, Assistant Department Head of Management, Spears School of Business


    During the past two years, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) has moved to the forefront of business discussions. Stakeholder voices are growing louder with expectations that the role of business should include positive social impacts and this position was reinforced by the Business Roundtable in early 2020. While some HR professionals may be tasked with specific initiatives, more frequently HR professionals are being asked by management to own the entire CSR process. In this session, we will explore successful and failed attempts at CSR, as well as...

    • How CSR initiatives can complement your business strategy and strengthen your competitive advantage
    • How to strategically develop, implement and measure Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in your organization
    • How to engage employees, executives and stakeholders to increase positive outcomes for CSR
      The pitfalls of performative CSR activities and how to avoid them

     


    Building Accountability as a Leader

    Pearl Sumathi, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Professional Practice of Management, Spears School of Business

     

    As a manager, you are called to do different things with agility and precision ranging from setting strategy to driving execution. A key skill that is often neglected or not mastered among managers is the ability to hold your team accountable for their work outcomes. In a study in Harvard Business Review, 46 percent of high-level managers were rated poorly on their ability to hold others accountable (2010). Fostering accountability is an art. It calls for a cultural shift and encompasses a set of behaviors that are inter-connected. Being accountable increases employee motivation, which in turn influences their ability to meet commitments successfully


    Stress Management

    Mac McCrory, Ed.D., Adjunct Professor of Management, Spears School of Business


    Stress permeates every aspect of our lives, personal and professional. Stress costs businesses and individuals money, time and energy. This workshop will help participants determine what causes stress in their lives and help them identify viable means of dealing or coping with stress.


    Building Accountability as a Leader

    Pearl Sumathi, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Professional Practice of Management, Spears School of Business


    As a manager, you are called to do different things with agility and precision ranging from setting strategy to driving execution. A key skill that is often neglected or not mastered among managers is the ability to hold your team accountable for their work outcomes. In a study in Harvard Business Review, 46 percent of high-level managers were rated poorly on their ability to hold others accountable (2010). Fostering accountability is an art. It calls for a cultural shift and encompasses a set of behaviors that are inter-connected. Being accountable increases employee motivation, which in turn influences their ability to meet commitments successfully.

  • Presenters

    Jennifer Coonce

    Jennifer Coonce, MBA, Assistant Department Head of Management, Spears School of
    Business


    Abbey Davis

    Abbey Davis, MBA, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice for Business Administration,
    Spears School of Business


    Bryan Edwards

    Bryan Edwards, Ph.D., Joe Synar Chair and Professor of Management, Spears School of Business


    Mac McCrory

    Mac McCrory, Ed.D., Adjunct Professor of Management, Spears School of Business


    Griffin Pivateau

    Griffin Pivateau, J.D., Associate Professor of Legal Studies, Spears School of Business


    Lex Smith Washington

    Lex Smith Washington, Ph.D., Spears School of Business Senior Inclusion Officer, Associate
    Professor of Management and William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration, Spears
    School of Business


    Pearl Sumathi

    Pearl Sumathi, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Professional Practice of Management, Spears
    School of Business

  • Program Policies

    A refund is available given notification no later than 10 days prior to the session. If you are cancelling your registration, please contact the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 405-744-5208 or cepd@okstate.edu. CEPD will send you an email confirming your cancellation.

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