MIT will host the third annual Support Staff Professional Development Toolkit event on Thursday, June 11. A collaboration between the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (WGSSI) and the Human Resources Department, the event features a series of workshops that give support staff an opportunity to focus on their professional development.
The toolkit event is coupled with the annual Support Staff Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by WGSSI and funded by HR. The toolkit and the luncheon are open to all support staff, but separate, advance registration is required for each activity.
Building on last year's model, each workshop will be presented by a support staff person and a colleague from HR. This year's event will cover the following topics in one-hour workshops: "Communicating Upward," "The ABCs of Diversity and Inclusion," "Promotions and Transfers at MIT," "Toolkit: Skills and Job Families at MIT," and "Networking for Your MIT Career."
"The toolkit event is one way to show our commitment to investing in our support staff. We hope with enough advance notice that managers and supervisors will encourage their staff to participate in this event," says Human Resources Vice President Alison Alden. "It's always important that we find the time for developing our support staff."
The direct link for registering for the luncheon -- http://web.mit.edu/membership/lunch.html -- will go live on May 18 and will remain active until May 29.
The link to register for the Support Staff Toolkit will also go live on May 18, at which time an e-mail reminder will be sent. Go to http://web.mit.edu/sapwebss and click the training tab and then "Training Catalog and Registration." Click "Career Management and Employee Benefits" and look for "Support Staff Toolkit Introduction."
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 13, 2009 (download PDF).