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Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic
Mar 1, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Mar 1-5, 2021(11am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Mar 8-11, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Change Management
Mar 9-12, 2021 (12pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Building Trust in the Workplace
Mar 29-April 1, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategic Workforce Planning
Apr 7-9, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organization Development Foundations
Apr 12-15, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 19-23, 2021 (10am-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Apr 26-30, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 3-6, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Performance Management
May 10-13, 2021 (1pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Workplace Restoration
May 10-13, 2021 (10am-2:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Coaching Skills
May 17-20, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 31-June 3, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organizational Design
Jun 7-11, 2021(11am-3:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Relations Foundations
Jun 14-18, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Jul 19-23, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Sep 13-17, 2021(11am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Managing Unionized Environments
Sep 14-17, 2021 (11:30am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 20-24, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Change Management
Sep 20-23, 2021 (12pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Sep 27-Oct 1, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Building Trust in the Workplace
Sep 27-30, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organization Development Foundations
Oct 4-7, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategic Workforce Planning
Oct 5-7, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Oct 18-22, 2021 (10am-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Oct 25-29, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Performance Management
Nov 1-4, 2021 (1pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 1-5, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Coaching Skills
Nov 15-18, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organizational Design
Nov 22-25, 2021 (11am-3:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Relations Foundations
November 29-December 3, 2021: Kingston
Negotiation Skills
Dec 6-10, 2021: Kingston
There is nothing currently scheduled in this area. Please contact us to discuss your company’s professional development needs: irc@queensu.ca or 1-888-858-7838.
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Mar 1-5, 2021(11am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic
Mar 1, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Mar 8-11, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Change Management
Mar 9-12, 2021 (12pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Building Trust in the Workplace
Mar 29-April 1, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategic Workforce Planning
Apr 7-9, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organization Development Foundations
Apr 12-15, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 19-23, 2021 (10am-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Apr 26-30, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 3-6, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Workplace Restoration
May 10-13, 2021 (10am-2:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Performance Management
May 10-13, 2021 (1pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Coaching Skills
May 17-20, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 31-June 3, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organizational Design
Jun 7-11, 2021(11am-3:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Relations Foundations
Jun 14-18, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Jul 19-23, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Sep 13-17, 2021(11am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Managing Unionized Environments
Sep 14-17, 2021 (11:30am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 20-24, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Change Management
Sep 20-23, 2021 (12pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Sep 27-Oct 1, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Building Trust in the Workplace
Sep 27-30, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organization Development Foundations
Oct 4-7, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategic Workforce Planning
Oct 5-7, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Oct 18-22, 2021 (10am-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Oct 25-29, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Performance Management
Nov 1-4, 2021 (1pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 1-5, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Coaching Skills
Nov 15-18, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organizational Design
Nov 22-25, 2021 (11am-3:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Relations Foundations
November 29-December 3, 2021: Kingston
Negotiation Skills
Dec 6-10, 2021: Kingston
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Mar 1-5, 2021(11am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Collective Bargaining During a Pandemic
Mar 1, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Mar 8-11, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Change Management
Mar 9-12, 2021 (12pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Building Trust in the Workplace
Mar 29-April 1, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategic Workforce Planning
Apr 7-9, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organization Development Foundations
Apr 12-15, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 19-23, 2021 (10am-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Apr 26-30, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 3-6, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Workplace Restoration
May 10-13, 2021 (10am-2:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Performance Management
May 10-13, 2021 (1pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Coaching Skills
May 17-20, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 31-June 3, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organizational Design
Jun 7-11, 2021(11am-3:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Relations Foundations
Jun 14-18, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Jul 19-23, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Sep 13-17, 2021(11am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Managing Unionized Environments
Sep 14-17, 2021 (11:30am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 20-24, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Change Management
Sep 20-23, 2021 (12pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Sep 27-Oct 1, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Building Trust in the Workplace
Sep 27-30, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organization Development Foundations
Oct 4-7, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Strategic Workforce Planning
Oct 5-7, 2021 (1pm-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Oct 18-22, 2021 (10am-4:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Negotiation Skills
Oct 25-29, 2021 (10am-5pm ET): Virtual Seat
Performance Management
Nov 1-4, 2021 (1pm-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
HR Metrics and Analytics
Nov 1-5, 2021 (10am-3pm ET): Virtual Seat
Coaching Skills
Nov 15-18, 2021 (11am-4pm ET): Virtual Seat
Organizational Design
Nov 22-25, 2021 (11am-3:30pm ET): Virtual Seat
Labour Relations Foundations
November 29-December 3, 2021: Kingston
Negotiation Skills
Dec 6-10, 2021: Kingston
There is nothing currently scheduled in this area. Please contact us to discuss your company’s professional development needs: irc@queensu.ca or 1-888-858-7838.

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Deborah Hudson, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: February, 2020

Workplace investigations have become commonplace across Canada. Many Canadian jurisdictions require that employers implement workplace harassment and discrimination policies, which often include mandatory investigation provisions. Whether or not investigations are legally mandated, it is sound practice for an employer to conduct an investigation when there may be potential workplace harassment, human rights violations, breach of company policy, criminal activity, security breaches, legal action, or media scrutiny. more

Joan Sabott, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: December, 2019

Conflict is tough for most of us. According to many physiologists, we tend to tap into several simple strategies when faced with conflict: fight, flight, or freeze. As a result, we likely aren't reducing unnecessary conflicts, and effectively dealing with necessary conflicts in productive ways. So many opportunities are lost because we aren’t engaging well. Being effective at conflict, both in a proactive and reactive way, demands that we work at it as an ongoing and everyday activity. In essence, it is a lifestyle choice in how we talk, problem solve, inquire with others, and arrange our processes and teams. more

How OSSTF Used Custom Training to Improve their Workplace Relationships

Cathy Sheldrick, Queen's IRC Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Publication date: June, 2019

Building relationships in the workplace is hard – and it takes work. It’s even more difficult when you work in a unionized organization which has traditionally adversarial relationships. But these days, organizations like the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) are stepping away from the attitude that, as a union, you have to be in ‘fight mode’ all the time. They are working towards accomplishing more for their members by trying to have better relationships with management. This is where the Queen’s IRC Relationship Management in a Union Environment program comes in. more

Earl Manners, Queen's IRC Speaker
Publication date: May, 2019

Just as leadership styles and organizational work have evolved, so have perspectives on performance evaluation. Traditional performance evaluation is hierarchical, control-oriented, and focused on individual ranking and grading. Present-day performance evaluation is relational, facilitative, and focused on development and problem-solving (Leadership, R. Lussier, et al). In Ontario, teacher performance appraisal requirements and processes are legislated. While the legislation is founded on a more traditional “three strikes you are out” mandate, the philosophy and practices are more contemporary. more

Kari Boyle, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: March, 2019

It is common for employees to seek help from their manager if they are experiencing conflict or relationship challenges in the workplace.  What are your options as a manager to respond in a way that provides benefits to the employee, to the workplace as a whole and to you?  Consider this scenario: You are Karen’s manager. more

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