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Build your professional skills this February

February is almost here and UCOP Learning and Development has planned an exciting array of courses to help you meet your professional development goals!

All listings reflect Pacific Time; select each course name to register. All courses are virtual unless otherwise noted.


Zoom Advanced
Feb. 6, 1:10 – 2 p.m.
Learn the features Zoom offers to improve your virtual experience. This workshop will cover personal meeting IDs, advanced web portal settings, advanced scheduling options, screen sharing options, smart recording, zoom rooms and event spaces. There will also be time for attendee questions.

Excel: Intro to Data Analysis
Feb. 7 & Feb. 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Understanding how to analyze data is essential for making key decisions in any organization. Microsoft Excel facilitates this process by offering several tools to help users analyze large amounts of data. This course will teach you how to use these features to unlock Excel’s analysis power. Topics will include: analyzing data in lists and tables, summary-based IF functions, chart tools and building and working with pivot tables and pivot charts. Participants must attend both sessions for course credit.

Box Fundamentals
Feb. 22, 2 – 3 p.m.
This course provides an overview of Box, the cloud-based service that provides secure file storage and file sharing for UCOP. Learn how to use Box, collaborate with colleagues within and outside of UCOP, comment directly on files, manage folder permissions, create shared links, and more. You’ll also have a chance to ask IT administrators any additional questions.

Excel Advanced Data Analysis
Feb. 27 and March 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This two-part workshop will cover essential Excel skills, including working with multiple worksheets and workbooks; sharing, protecting and automating functionality of workbooks; an introduction to Macros and VBA; dynamic arrays; functions, such as “filter,” “sort by” and “unique”; data analysis, auditing, and forecasting; trends; and regular and 3-D mapping.

Personal and professional knowledge

UCOP Safety: Basic Awareness
Feb. 1, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Melissa Collins, program manager for security, risk and resilience, will facilitate this live virtual class featuring basic safety tips to help employees feel informed, alert and safe as they travel to and from the workplace. Extra time will be allotted for questions and feedback. Melissa, a safety expert, joined UCOP after serving 20 years with the UC San Diego Police Department, where she retired as a lieutenant.

Social Emotional Learning at Work: Creating Connection and Belonging at UCOP
Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Incorporating the principles of social and emotional learning (SEL) at work enhances our ability to communicate and connect with a range of people in healthy ways. Research indicates that focusing on SEL at work can lead to greater employee satisfaction and retention. At this session, SEL expert, author and educator Rachelle Rogers-Ard, Ed.D., will provide frameworks and interactive exercises to support building connections between peers and teams. *Participants must attend both sessions for course credit.

New Employee Orientation (Oakland)
Feb. 13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Franklin Lobby 1
Starting a new job or at a new UC location can be daunting. New Employee Orientation is designed to facilitate a smooth transition to our organization with topics including UC and its history, UCOP organizational overview, tools, resources, safety and compliance. All new employees are encouraged to attend a session as soon as possible following their date of hire.

The Science of Managing Stress
Feb. 16, 10 – 11 a.m.
Job stress can be all-consuming — but it doesn’t have to be. Find ways to identify your triggers, keep perspective, learn helpful strategies, and know when to seek help.

Managing Implicit Bias
Feb. 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this course, attendees will debrief the UC Managing Implicit Bias Series. Join a supportive group of colleagues in discussing challenges and strategies around managing implicit bias. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of their implicit biases and their ability to promote equity, diversity and inclusion wherever they are. Note: To register for this class, you must have completed all six courses in the UC Managing Implicit Bias Series.

For people leaders

GROWing your Check-In Conversations for Managers
Feb. 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
GROW is a popular coaching framework used around the world for problem-solving, goal-setting and performance improvement. This interactive session allows managers to discuss and practice using the GROW framework as a strategy and tool to support engaging STEP Check-in conversations. Participants must take the ecourse “GROWing your Checkpoint Conversations” before this class.

GROW Plus: Accountability Conversations for Managers
Feb. 22, 1 – 3:30 p.m. | Feb. 27, 1 – 3:30 p.m. | Feb. 29, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This is the second part of the required live training series on manager and employee performance conversations. This training answers the question: “What do I do when my coaching is not improving performance?” In this virtual, live, and highly interactive workshop, we will cover: providing productive critical feedback, managing emotions, creating efficient documentation and holding effective accountability conversations. Managers will also practice role-playing accountability conversations using the UCOP GROW Plus framework.

People Leader Forum – Promotion and Equity Process
Feb. 23, 1 – 2 p.m.
People Leaders Forums are monthly opportunities for supervisors to connect, develop leadership skills, build community, share best practices, swap strategies for navigating current challenges and learn to better support themselves and their teams. In this session, UCOP Compensation Manager JJ Lerma will explain the promotion and compensation equity review processes.

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