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Learn how to work smarter: UCOP workshop this Thursday, July 25

Are you overwhelmed by persistent interruptions and constantly changing priorities? Do you feel bombarded by information and nonstop email? Get ready to make some changes in how you work.

UCOP HR Learning and Development is offering the full-day course, Accomplishing More with Less, this Thursday, July 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room.

This fun and engaging workshop will help you learn new ways to approach your work that will empower you to work not harder, but smarter. It provides breakthrough techniques for managing your time and priorities as well as organizing your to-do lists, email and documents. Enroll now through the UCOP Learning Center.

Goals include:

  • Learn to better manage interruptions and stay focused while still being responsive to the needs of your team members.
  • Work more strategically instead of working harder, manage competing priorities and better align daily activities with your goals.
  • Become invigorated and re-energized in the workplace and outside of work.

The class is facilitated by Pierre Khawand, who founded People on the Go in 2000 to help business professionals effectively manage the use of email, office applications and other technologies that have sped up the pace of the contemporary workplace.

The workshop features segments on establishing daily goals, creating an email management system and using such tools as action plans to improve workflow. Also included are individual and team exercises, collaboration best practices and techniques for managing interruptions and stress.

Prepare for performance appraisals

Also coming up are these workshops to help both staff and supervisors prepare for performance appraisals, due this fall for all UCOP employees:

Employee Role in Performance Appraisals

This two-hour workshop gives you pointers for collaborating with your supervisor, taking an active role in the evaluation process and ensuring that it includes a professional development plan.

  • Thursday, July 25, 9 to 11 a.m., 1217 Kaiser
  • Wednesday, July 31, 1 to 3 p.m., 5320 Franklin
  • Thursday, Aug. 8, 9 to 11 a.m., 1217 Kaiser
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1 to 3 p.m., 9204 Franklin

Setting Performance Expectations, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 5320 Franklin

This course for UCOP managers and supervisors builds your skills in setting performance expectations for your employees, an important component of the performance appraisal process that gives you specific criteria on how to evaluate performance at the end of the year.

Conducting Performance Appraisals, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 5320 Franklin

This course for UCOP managers and supervisors provides tools to clearly communicate with an employee about past performance, assess job satisfaction and make plans for future performance and professional development.

Enroll through the UCOP Learning Center:

  • Log in with your UCOP user name and password.
  • Search for the class title.
  • Click REGISTER next to the class, then SUBMIT.

If you enroll in a class and are unable to attend, please be sure to cancel your registration so that your slot can be made available to others interested in the class. Cancel through the Learning Center 48 hours before the scheduled class time, or contact HR Coordinator Doris Parham at or 987-0031.

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