June EFAP News: Improving Workplace Communication

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WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION

JUNE 2015

WHAT CAN I SAY?

With its multi-cultural, multi-generational workforce and increasing reliance on virtual teams, the modern workplace requires effective communication and collaboration more than ever. Effective workplace collaboration is based on interpersonal, professional relationships that are developed through attention to common courtesy, active listening, and situation appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication.

Let LifeScope help by providing you with the tools and resources you need to be a good communicator and collaborator:

  • Articles and tip sheets on communication styles, business etiquette, and team building
  • Audio on listening skills
  • Online training for telephone skills and customer service

24/7 access to confidential counseling and coaching support for workplace issues

FREE WEBINAR: COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR COLLABORATION
Join this webinar to learn about different communication styles, reasons communication sometimes fails, and strategies to create a respectful and cohesive workplace. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars‘ then “Communication Skills for Collaboration” to sign up. If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.

COMMUNICATING FOR BETTER RESULTS

June Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found by logging on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Effective Communication: Basic Skills”- For communication to be effective, it is not enough to merely deliver a message. The message must be received/personalized/understood for the communication to be successful. This article explains the steps involved in the send-receive model of communication, with an emphasis on the importance of active listening.

“Bridging Generation Gaps”- With four generations working alongside one another in the workplace, it is not uncommon to experience generational clashes of attitudes, ethics, values and behaviors. This article offers suggestions for how to work effectively in today’s workplace by respecting differences, looking for commonalities, and leveraging the strengths and ideals of each generation.

The June Calendar, Poster/Webinar Promo, and Spanish Language Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 3 faculty positions, 51 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 5 internal job posting on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

The Week’s Headlines

Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

67 Students Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Photography Exhibit Shows a Century of African American History

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Amidon awarded grant from National Geographic Society

Will Amidon (Geology) has received a grant from the National Geographic Society for a project titled Finding Early Martian Landscapes in Idaho. The goal of this research is to understand the role of glacial outburst floods in forming amphitheater-headed canyons on the Snake River Plain of Idaho. This work should provide useful clues to how similar canyons formed on the surface of Mars. Two Middlebury undergraduates will be working with Will on this project.

Invitation: FIS Host Program Summer Informational Meetings

You’re invited to learn more about the Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program
at one of our upcoming information meetings.

Dear Faculty and Staff–
International Student & Scholar Services invites you to learn more about our Friends of International Students host program.
• The program provides a terrific opportunity for you to meet people from around the world, and to connect with a student in an individual way.
• It’s a friendship program. Contacts between student and family are arranged on your own terms.
• To date, the Class of 2019 will include more than 70 international students, including some U.S. students who live abroad.
• In September, we also will welcome over 12 international exchange students.
• Most of the students participate in our program, so we will need many new hosts.
We will offer several information sessions throughout the summer.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of serving as a host to an international student, please register to attend one of our information meetings in the Service Building, Second Floor, Room 200.
• Tuesday, June 16, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 24, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 15, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, August 12, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
• Thursday, August 20, 5:15-6:00 p.m.

Please feel free to bring your lunch to our afternoon meetings.
We hope you will be able to join us. However, if you cannot attend a session and are interested in the program, please let us know.
TO REGISTER: Please contact Carolyn Dahm, ISSS Administrative Coordinator, by email at isss@middlebury.edu or by telephone at 443-5858. (Your email reply will go directly to the ISSS office mailbox. In either your email or phone message, please provide your name, email address, and phone number.) Even if you have been a host in the past, please contact us to register for a meeting, both to share your experiences with potential hosts and to learn about the upcoming year of the FIS program!
Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.
We invite all who are interested in learning more about the program to attend a meeting.
Please visit our website for more information at: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/isss/fis .

TIAA-CREF One-on-One Counseling Sessions with Erik Moreau

July– September 2015

  • Thursday July 2, Marble Works, Suite 203
  • Wednesday July 15, Davis Library 150D
  • Tuesday July 28, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday August 12, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday August 27, Marble Works Suite 203
  • Wednesday September 9, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday September 16, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday September 30, Davis Library 150D

To schedule an appointment with Erik Moreau, please call the Field Support Team at (800) 732-8353, M-F 8am – 8pm (EST).

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, June 5th

From Remote-Learner, our Moodle Host:

http://moodle.middlebury.edu has been scheduled for Production Upgrade at 01:00 EDT on 5-JUN-2015.

Your site may be unavailable for up to 120 minutes while this action occurs.

Thank you,
RemoteLearner

Staff Council Ice Cream Social – June 10

Staff Council Ice Cream Social!

Meet the newly elected Staff Council members and connect with your representative, enjoy ice cream, and meet and mingle with staff.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 10

Wilson Terrace (area outside of McCullough)

Rain location: Crossroads Cafe, McCullough

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 3 faculty positions, 54 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 1 internal job posting on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

The Week’s Headlines

Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Noah Graham Receives Perkins Award for Teaching

Quoted this Week: Matthew Dickinson on Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Launch

College Counseling Workshop June 5

Board of Trustees Approves Budget, Grants Tenure to Three Faculty

Commencement Highlights: Middlebury Celebrates the Class of 2015

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.