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Learning and Organizational Development professional development archive of ZOOM sessions from March 2020-July 2020. Please view these recordings if you were unable to attend live or wish to revisit the content.

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Welcome to Mindset Monday, the beginning of your new week. Please take some dedicated time to review the message and jot down your answers to the personal reflection questions. Use this time to set your mind on the days ahead and support your navigation of this coming week.

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Learning and Organizational Development

April 13, 2020
April 20, 2020
April 27, 2020
May 4, 2020
May 11, 2020
May 18, 2020
May 25, 2020
June 1, 2020
June 8, 2020
June 15, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 29, 2020
July 6, 2020
July 13, 2020
August 3, 2020
August 10, 2020

Session Date Title and Description
Session 1

March 31, 2020

Telecommuting creates unique circumstances for employees who have children at home. This zoom session will provide an opportunity for employees who have children at home to engage in the exploration of strategies and ideas that support the creation of a positive environment for everyone. Click here to watch session 1
Session 2

April 7, 2020

We continued our initial conversation, discussed the Activity Log that was presented and your findings as you completed it. Our goal is for you to identify those times when your day did not go as planned and how to re-frame your days to maximize your effectiveness professionally and personally. Click here to watch session 2 or to read comments.
 

Session 3

April 14, 2020

Join us as we discuss engaging activities for children and families as you continue to telecommute. We will explore various options and ideas that can assist your navigation of the reality of simultaneously being an employee and caregiver. Click here to watch session 3.
Session 4

April 21, 2020

We will continue our discussion on activities for children and families. Click here to watch session 4.
Session 5

April 28, 2020

We will continue our discussion on working at home with children. Last session we spoke about activities and identified our need to care for ourselves. Please join us to share tips and offer suggestions on how we can care for ourselves, children and continue to work. Click here to watch session 5.
Session 6

May 5, 2020

Telecommuting creates unique circumstances for employees who have children at home. This zoom session will provide an opportunity for employees who have children at home to engage in the exploration of strategies and ideas that support the creation of a positive environment for everyone. Click here to watch session 6.
Session 7

May 12, 2020

Shared Thinking. As adults, how do we keep ourselves from taking over situations and handling their problem solving? We will discuss this concept to minimize the impact on us as caregivers. Click her to watch session 7.
Session 8

May 19, 2020

Respectfully Negotiating with Children – We discussed respectful ways to negotiate with children while modeling life skills that will positively impact communication and the future. Click here to watch session 8.
Session 9

May 26, 2020

Activities for Children: Telecommuting creates unique circumstances for employees who have children at home. This zoom session will provide an opportunity for employees who have children at home to engage in the exploration of strategies and ideas that support the creation of a positive environment for everyone. Click here to watch session 9.
Session 10

June 2, 2020

Telecommuting creates unique circumstances for employees who have children at home. This zoom session will provide an opportunity for employees who have children at home to engage in the exploration of strategies and ideas that support the creation of a positive environment for everyone. Click here to watch session 10.
Session 11

June 9, 2020

Telecommuting creates unique circumstances for employees who have children at home. This zoom session will provide an opportunity for employees who have children at home to engage in the exploration of strategies and ideas that support the creation of a positive environment for everyone. Click here to watch session 11.
Session 12

June 23, 2020

Telecommuting creates unique circumstances for employees who have children at home. This zoom session will provide an opportunity for employees who have children at home to engage in the exploration of strategies and ideas that support the creation of a positive environment for everyone. Click here to watch session 12.
Session 13

June 30, 2020

Telecommuting creates unique circumstances for employees who have children at home. This zoom session will provide an opportunity for employees who have children at home to engage in the exploration of strategies and ideas that support the creation of a positive environment for everyone. Click here to watch session 13.
Session 14

July 7, 2020

Telecommuting creates unique circumstances for employees who have children at home. This session focused on “Growth Mindset” Igniting a growth mindset in ourselves and in our children to thrive during the pandemic. Click here to watch session 14.

Session Date Title and Description
Session 1

March 25, 2020

Best Practices and Resources for Telecommuting

Join us as we review some best practices to maximize the effectiveness of telecommuting. We will discuss how intentional design and behaviors can assist you as you navigate this current reality. Click here to watch session 1 or to read comments.

Session 2

April 1, 2020

Resilience

This temporary new normal has been a series of disruptive events. This zoom session will provide an opportunity for employees to listen and engage in conversation that will help us continue to build our resiliency as we adjust and assimilate to the current state of our professional and home world. Click here to watch session 2

Session 3

April 8, 2020

Staying Positive: Creating & Sustaining Positivity

What’s good? Staying Positive during these challenging times. This temporary new normal has created challenges to maintaining a positive outlook. This zoom session will provide an opportunity for employees to listen and engage in conversation that will help us continue to maintain a positive outlook as our professional and personal lives coexist. Click here to watch session 3

Session 4

April 15, 2020

Take a Break!: Let’s Discuss Regular Disconnects from Telecommuting
Establishing regular disconnects from your work is important to create healthy work/home boundaries. In this session we discuss how intentional behaviors can create and maintain healthy work/home boundaries. Click here to watch session 4
Session 5

April 22, 2020

Let’s Put the Communication in Telecommunication

Communication is a complex practice under the best of circumstances. In this session, we will discuss how communication has changed as we work by telecommuting. We will communicate how we effectively communicate when in-person communication is not an option. Click here to watch session 5

Session 6

April 29, 2020

What’s Next? Effective Telecommunicating Prioritization

What we do first and what is most urgent/important requires we effectively prioritize our work. In this session, we will discuss how to gain insight and critically think about what needs to be next. We will place priority on making prioritization a part of our daily telecommuting work. Click here to watch session 6

Session 7

May 6, 2020

Are You Experiencing “Zoom-itis”?

Zoom-‘itis’ is real and leads to attention fatigue. Our telecommuting reality will continue into the summer as we re-enter campus in phases. As video connections have become our standard, there are impacts and effects we will feel and experience while we depend on this technology. We will join together and discuss the reality of Zoom-‘itis’ and attention fatigue. Click here to watch session 7.

Session 8

May 13, 2020

Guest Session: The Do’s and Don’ts of Public Information

This guest speaker session is presented by Communications and Marketing. PR Specialist Charles Primm, will review the University of Tennessee and the State Public Records Act. Charles will discuss the Do’s and Don’ts of Public Record Requests. Click here to watch session 8.

Session 9

May 20, 2020

Checking In Too Much or Checking Out Entirely

Checking-in with your supervisor and your supervisors expectations of checking-in requires a balance of expectations. Have you created that balance? We will discuss the pitfalls of over-reporting and under-reporting and engage in discussion around finding that optimal frequency. Click here to watch session 9.

Session 10

May 27, 2020

Celebrate Our Accomplishments

We will share accomplishments and celebrate our successes as a way to wrap up May. Click here to watch session 10.

Session 11

June 3, 2020

Don’t Be Alone- Isolation and Its Impact on You

Are you alone or isolated? Is this an unintended consequence of remote work or is there something that draws you to being on your own? We will discuss the dangers of isolation, discuss ways to identify isolation and focus on staying fully connected with each other. Click here to watch session 11.

Session 12

June 10, 2020

Are You Introverted or Extroverted? Inclusive Discussion of Popular Identities

We will explore our personality preferences and how we receive energy as we continue to telecommute. Click here to watch session 12.

Session 13

June 17, 2020

BIAS PREFERENCES IN TELECOMMUTING. Are you biased? We all are…

How do your biases influence your remote work behaviors and are you aware of them? We will discuss these questions as some continue to work remotely and some are now phasing into work back on campus. Click here to watch session 13.

Session 14

June 24, 2020

Are You Energized by Optimism? A Realistic Look at Our Current Status

Our daily lives are full of ups and downs. Good news, not so good news, bad news. COVID flattening, COVID spiking. Remote work, phasing back into campus. Join us for a discussion on optimism and how our energy is impacted by it. Click here to watch session 14.


Takeaway Thursday’s are a deeper exploration of one area of specific content presented in the Wednesday Leadership Development session from the week prior. These video posts will bring additional inspection into the behavioral characteristics of the topic. What does that concept look like and what does it sound like in action?

Positivity and Affiliation – April 16, 2020
Break Behaviors – April 23, 2020
Communication and Caring – April 30, 2020
Prioritization – May 7, 2020
Zoom “itis” – May 14, 2020
Public Records – May 21, 2020
Colleague/Employee Check-ins – May 28, 2020
Accomplishments and Challenges – June 4, 2020
Introvert or Extrovert – June 18, 2020
Bias: We All Have Them – June 25, 2020
Optimism – July 2, 2020

Learning and Organizational Development will continue Zoom Professional Development sessions on Friday’s with a Lunch and Learn series. Please join us as we continue this new chapter in professional development.

McClung Museum – May 8, 2020
Discuss what SMART goals are and how to create them – May 15, 2020
Best Practices of Email Etiquette – May 22, 2020
Mindfulness – May 29, 2020
Optum-izing Your Benefits – June 5, 2020
3 P’s of Effective Meetings – June 19, 2020
Mental Well-Being – June 26, 2020


This newsletter style publication will highlight Learning and Organizational Development (L&OD) efforts over the past week as a wrap up and reminder of the concepts and discussions that took place.

April 17, 2020
April 24, 2020
May 1, 2020
May 8, 2020
May 15, 2020
May 22, 2020
May 29, 2020
June 5, 2020
June 12, 2020
June 19, 2020
June 26, 2020
July 3, 2020