Support staff will find that taking professional development seminars is easier next term due to the efforts of the Task Group for Support Staff Professional Development (part of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues), which has arranged for a series of lunch-hour seminars to be held at convenient locations on the main campus.
Courses offered by the Office of Organization and Employee Development have been adapted to a series of one-hour noontime classes. The first series, "Career Assessment Workshops for Support Staff," is scheduled to begin on February 6 from noon-1pm. Seminars on negotiation skills, conflict resolution skills and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator will be offered in the months ahead.
Additional information will be sent to all support staff in January by e-mail and campus mail. Flyers with descriptions of each seminar series will be sent to staff via campus mail at least a month before each series begins. People will be asked to register in advance and commit to attending all sessions in a series.
The seminars are being offered through the support and assistance of the Human Resources Department, the Office of Organization and Employee Development, and the Ombuds Office.
For more information, contact task group co-chairs Phyllis King, administrative assistant in the Provost's Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Anne Wasserman, assistant to the director in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, email@example.com, or send e-mail to the entire task group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 10, 2001.