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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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8 Ways to Reinforce Community, Values and Common Purpose in Working Relationships

Dawn McDermott, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: October, 2020

I work as a conflict resolution practitioner and “workplace conflict capacity-builder”. I am a strong advocate of workplace community building and I consider myself and to be a multi-partial (rather than impartial) support to all members of my institution. I am also a leader in a department of gifted and diverse human beings. I know that when tough issues arise, a foundation of community will support sustainable resolutions and lasting collaborations. In our current political and pandemic culture, I have been thinking about how our workplace communities can be compromised because of distance and differences. more

Devan Corrigan
Publication date: September, 2020

Workplace investigators and human resource professionals should be cautious of relying on the body language of a witness to evaluate their credibility during an investigation. Fact-finding investigations, especially in cases of harassment, at times turn into an evaluation of one person’s version of events versus another’s, or as some call it, the “he said, she said” dilemma. In these cases, assessing the credibility of the two parties may be the easiest way the investigator can come to any defensible determination relative to credibility. more

Gary T. Furlong, Kenda L. Murphy
Publication date: September, 2020

There are many unanswered questions about Canadian workplaces as we look toward reopening offices. The well-established principles and guidelines that employers, unions and employees have followed for many years will certainly help navigate this process. That said, this pandemic takes us into new and uniquely uncharted waters that may well shift some or all of these principles as we move forward. This article will look at the frameworks in place today, as well as best practices for boldly going where few workplaces have gone before. more

Kari D. Boyle, Queen's IRC Facilitator
Publication date: August, 2020

During one of our Strategies for Workplace Conflicts programs, a participant commented that she told her staff that she didn’t “DO emotion!” I really appreciated her forthright statement which led to a valuable discussion about the place of emotion in the workplace. How do we handle the expression of emotion? Are emotions welcome or not? How do we handle an emotional outburst in a meeting or deal with strong negative emotions between two co-workers in conflict? How do we deal with our own emotions? more

Devan Corrigan
Publication date: June, 2020

It is normal for participants in a workplace investigation to feel some anxiety, but too much worrying can create barriers to obtaining critical information, which is a challenge for investigators looking to build complete and thorough reports. Ensuring participants fully understand the process and their role in it can help alleviate unnecessary anxiety during the investigation. With a greater understanding of the process, participants can feel empowered to speak confidently in the interview and provide the investigator with the necessary information. more

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