This is a 4 part series for Human Resource professionals. The different sections can be taken together in a series or can be broken out to attend only one or more of the sessions.

Building the Right Team - Best Hiring practices from aligning job descriptions to interviewing questions (90 minutes): This workshop will explore best practices related to designing and filling positions to align with organizational needs. Key questions addressed: Why does a great hire start with an effective job description? Where do you set the bar for candidates to clear for hiring? How do you use interviews to gather information you can actually use to choose between candidates?
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize components of effective job descriptions
2. Determine clear thresholds for evaluation candidate qualifications
3. Design an interview structure to elicit useful information to inform hiring decisions

Setting the Stage - Growing and developing your employees (120 Minutes): This workshop will explore best practices related to integrating new employees and setting your teams up for success.  Key questions addressed include: What do you do once the employee begins?  How do you start them off on the right foot?  How do you keep employees engaged?  How do you identify and address the needs of the employee?
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify elements of productive onboarding processes
2. Construct individualized approaches to performance development
3. Evaluate individual performance within the broader organizational context

Employee Commitment & Engagement in Our New Normal (90 minutes): There are many factors that impact an employee’s commitment to the organization and engagement in their work. When managers focus on these elements, employees excel. In turn, the organization will be more productive and better accomplish its goals. Additionally, as organizations move beyond COVID-19, managers need to consider the impact that the pandemic had on its employees as well as new expectations employees might have for flexibility. Managers who have only worked with full-time, in-person employees may now struggle to engage workers in hybrid work structures going forward. This workshop will explore these elements and more to help managers lead their organizations to success.
Key questions addressed: What elements of employee commitment and engagement should managers focus on? What influence did the pandemic have on the workforce and how might that impact the organization? What can managers do to improve employee engagement post-pandemic? How can managers monitor employee engagement over time to strengthen their employees’ commitment to the organization’s success?
In this workshop, participants will learn to: 
1. Recognize components of employee engagement and commitment. 
2. Identify opportunities and challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic for employee engagement and commitment. 
3. Propose managerial actions that can improve employee engagement and commitment in a post-pandemic setting.

Succession Planning – (90 minutes): This workshop explores a holistic approach to succession planning focused on aligning employees and their skills with the organization’s strategic goals.  Key questions addressed: What are the organization’s mid-term and long-term strategic goals?  What are the critical competencies or (KSAs) needed to reach each strategic goal?  Do your employees currently possess these skills?  If they do, how do you ensure that you keep or build depth in these skills?  If they don’t, how do you address the skills gap?
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Differentiate between important and critical competencies for accomplishing strategic goals
2. Perform a skills gap analysis
3. Develop a plan to strengthen existing skills and mitigate any gaps


Meet Your Instructor: Charity Boyette, TSP Founding Partner, has more than two decades of experience in managing teams and programs, with a particular focus in team leadership, engagement, and development. She currently is an administrator at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she is also pursuing a doctorate in Public Administration. From 2009-2018, she was a management-focused Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State who served overseas tours in Nigeria, Poland, and Belgium, as well as assignments in Washington, DC, including two years on Secretary of State Kerry’s travel team. Prior to her federal service, Charity worked in leadership development, operations, and finance in the U.S. defense industry. She holds an MBA, with a focus in strategic development, from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary and a bachelor’s in business administration from Averett University in Virginia. Kimberly A. Carlson (Ph.D.), TSP Founding Partner, is currently an Associate Professor of Practice in Management and the Director of the Business Leadership Center in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Through this work she provides leadership development opportunities for undergraduate students, and other organizations on a consulting basis. Previously, Kimberly served as adjunct faculty for the Center for Public Administration and Policy and the Political Science Department, and as Assistant Director of Presidential Global Scholars, a semester-abroad program, and Fulbright Program Adviser in University Honors at Virginia Tech. Before joining academia, she worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma City, OK and Pensacola, FL. She holds a B.S. in psychology and B.A. in theatre from Virginia Tech, an MSW in clinical social work from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in public administration and public affairs, with a focus on nonprofit and non-governmental management, from Virginia Tech. Her teaching and research experiences include leadership, organizational and workforce development in national and local organizations, governments, and universities. Particularly, her dissertation research was focused on succession planning processes in university-wide research institutes in public, doctoral universities with very high research activity. 
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