‘Workshops For The New Normal’
Maximize your downtime, furloughs, tele-work and more with safe, online Workforce Development solutions from Asnuntuck & Tunxis Community Colleges. Classes are held in real time, online from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day list. Cost is $285 per seat. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Gary Carra at email@example.com or call 860-253-3128 today!
A Mindful Approach to Work
Want to find more meaning in work? Mindful working helps increase effectiveness, decrease mistakes, and enhance creativity. Mindful working means applying focus and presence to everything you do from the moment you enter the building (and before!) Research shows that people spend almost 47 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing. This workshop will help you switch off the anxiety and the “autopilot” and turn on your ability to be connected and mindful. You will be guided in developing mindfulness and attention practices that will show you how to focus on the task at hand, as well as release internal and external distractions at work. You will learn simple but significant mindfulness exercises to help you throughout your day, such as a “mindful morning” routine, a breathwork repertoire, an I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) toolkit, a post work decompression routine, and a nighttime release. You’ll also learn: how to be a mono-tasker rather than a multitasker, how to use “Mindfulness Reminders,” how to slow down to speed up, how to become an “Appreciation Addict,” and how to use self-acupressure points to release anxiety and increase concentration. We will also explore the role of meditation and guided visualization in the class, including at-work practices such as waking meditation, doorway meditation, the three-breath-per meditation, and much more!
Dates: Mondays, September 14, 21, and 28
Train the Brain! Increase Productivity through Neuroplasticity
Neuroplasticity is the concept that the brain is plastic and changeable. Your brain is designed to learn, grow, and rewire itself throughout life. The key: using your brain’s neuroplasticity to create new habits that will enhance the quality of your professional and personal life. You can activate your brain’s “delete button” to change your unwanted behavior, thinking, and emotions. In this highly interactive workshop, you will learn the ten fundamentals of neuroplasticity as you “lay down new wiring” for the brain that will help you throughout your career and into retirement. You will learn about “The Seven Minute Solution” and how to develop micro-habits, discover how to stop “picking fights “with your mind, and practice ways to use tools such as mindfulness and focus to decrease worry and anxiety. Participants will develop a Neuroplasticity Plan with action and “non-action” steps to create a more meaningful and productive life.
Dates: Thursdays, September 17, 24, and October 1
Communication Skills a Must!
Ever think of the perfect thing to say—when it’s too late? Or perhaps you’re becoming frustrated with the amount of explaining it takes for others just to get the job done. This certificate program will help you build essential and effective communication skills—whether you’re interacting with clients or co-workers virtually, reporting upward, or working as part of an actual or virtual team. You’ll learn to manage emotional responses, develop intuition (internal wisdom), create “default language,” and enhance your critical thinking skills under stress to position yourself as a true professional. You will learn: • The five keys to creating effective communications • Strategies for identifying and overcoming listening blocks. • Ways to “read” a person through observing body language “clusters,” including gestures • The Four Basic Communication Personality/Behavioral Styles and how to adapt to each • Eight critical assertive communication practices • Ways to identify and shift ten major “hidden agendas” of others’ • Methods to adjust to how group dynamics and group roles influence behavior • Proven techniques for handling conflict • Techniques for dealing with workplace stress
Dates: Fridays, September 18, 25, and October 2
New! The Virtual Employee: Thriving While Teleworking
Working in a virtual world has its challenges (no quick answers from the next cubicle, no impromptu work conversations), distractions (laundry piling up, kids climbing on laps), and joys (no commute, more flexibility). As working from our dining room tables becomes our new normal, many questions are being posed. How do I interact effectively with co-workers? How do I create a better work-life balance? How do I make sure that my presence and performance is not “out-of-sight-out-of-mind” when it comes to job growth? This workshop is an IRL field guide into the virtual world of teleworking. It addresses the emotional ways we need to adapt to new workplaces, best practices for increasing productivity and job satisfaction when working from home, strategies for establishing boundaries and avoiding burnout, and much more. We will look at ways to maintain a sense of routine and normalcy in work life, reduce urges to seek solutions in unhealthy ways, actively de-stress, and “rewire” your brain to develop productive at-home habits. You will learn from the latest research and tips for developing effective teleworking strategies, as well as share concerns and challenges in a nurturing environment. You will leave with a solid toolkit of best practices, insights, and resources on how to thrive while teleworking.
Dates: Tuesdays, September 22 and 29, and October 6
From Gary Carra
Interim Director of Business, Technology and Industry Training
Asnuntuck Community College
170 Elm Street, Enfield, CT 06082
Phone: 860.253.3128 Fax: 860.253.3067
Tunxis Community College
430 N. Main St.
Bristol, CT 06010