Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Gaps in the workforce, specifically in the trades, have become an ever-increasing problem that left unchecked, will have negative long-term effects on society.  As the current workforce takes their knowledge and experience into retirement, there are not enough people being trained to fill the gaps being created. 

The Office of Professional and Workforce Development at the University of Florida is working to identify and unify resources in a collaborative approach to solving this problem and effecting positive change in our community. 

Essential Skills Workplace Success

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Everyone has a perspective or lens to evaluate situations, make decisions, set goals and develop plans. This program polishes an individual’s lens ensuring an effective combination of past, present and potential realities for maximum results.

Objectives:

  • Use a decision checlist for increased effectiveness
  • Learn how to use a framework to gain support for decisions
  • Identify why a process is not working
  • Communicate problems or opportunities for improvement
  • Develop an action plan to achieve goals
Strategic Decision Making

The ability to make effective and timely decisions is an essential skill, which impacts daily business operations. This program provides the essential skills needed to make strategic decisions.

Objectives:

  • Respond decisively and consistently when faced with situations that require a decision
  • Determine how to prioritize and categorize the decisions you need to make, based on the content and the context
  • Recognize and compensate for styles and emotions in yourself and in others taht affect decision quality
  • Use a Responsibility Chart to ensure effective follow through on decisions is accomplished
Emotional Intelligence

Understand and manage one's personality and build respectful and trusting relationships across diverse situations

Objectives:

  • Develop emotional intelligence in themselves and recognize it in others
  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of emotional intelligence and its importance in leadership
  • Comprehend their personal style and behavioral tendencies
  • Communicate with increased empathy, cooperation and teamwork
Ethical Thinking

Building a culture of ethical behavior in the organization is challenging. Learn howt o make the right choices for the right reasons and gain a framework for values-based choices

Objectives:

  • Recognize perceived and/or real conflicts of interest
  • Seek to collaborate and discover mutual benefit and what's best for others
  • Learn how to demonstrate your values in the workday, even when faced with difficult challenges
Communication Skills and Conflict Resolution

Learn the skills to facilitate, communiate and foster effective communiction throughout the organization, especially when dealing with conflict

Objectives:

  • Understand what it means to have professional presence in effective communication
  • Handle communication, conflict and challening conversations skillfully
  • Have a greater understanding of the components of EQ and its impact on the job
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently conduct challenging conversations
  • Gain guidelines and practice giving and receiving effective feedback
Writing Proficiency

Excellent writing skills are critical to business success. learn to improve writing skills, avoid common grammar and spelling mistakes, and basic editing

Objectives:

  • Develop powerful openings and closings to capture and retain attention
  • Identify the reader's needs and expectations
  • Gain techniques for editing and proofreading
  • Determine means to communicate effectively
  • Practice new skills in reports, memos, e-mail and letters
Public Speaking

This training program is designed to provide people with the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver high impact presentations for maximum impact

Objectives:

  • Analyze internal and external audiences
  • Structure a presentation for maximum effect
  • Deliver a presentation dynamically and confidently
  • Use your eyes, voice, and body for emphasizing points and commanding the room
  • Prepare and use PowerPoint slides to enhance their message, not detract from it
Excel and Microsoft Word Basics

Learn the essential skills necessary for success and efficiency at work. In this workshop, you will learn basic Word and Excel skills.

You will learn how to create and manage Word documents, organize information in tables, perform calculations on data, create graphs and charts

Objectives:

  • Create and edit Word documents
  • Learn keyboard shortcuts and how to use the tools in Microsoft Word
  • Create formulas and perform data calculations with Excel spreadsheets
  • Learn how and when to use the Autofill tool in Excel
Leadership Essentials

This workshop provides a strong foundation for both new and seasoned leaders. Participants will be empowered and strengthened in leadership knowledge and skills gaining firsthand experience in dealing with critical business issues and challenges

Objectives:

  • Transition from individual contributor to leader
  • Learn the two sides of conflict and how to deal with difficult people
  • Recognize participant's strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for development
  • Practice blending and capitalizing various styles
Teamwork

It is critical in every work setting to be a team player and effectively alongside your colleagues. This session explains the characteristics of effective and ineffective tams and you will learn how to diagnose and correct important team issues

Objectives:

  • Develop an effective team structure in order to set and achieve common goals and outcomes
  • Clarify team roles and responsibilities, including virtual team members
  • Know the stages of team development, the leader's role in each stage and how each stage impacts work
  • Use appropriate and effective team communication techniques