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University HR announces training sessions

The following training sessions are offered on campus by the Deaprtment of Human Resources Management. To register, visit or call VeLonda Dantzler at 792-2818. All sessions are held in Room 803, Harborview Office Tower (HOT) unless otherwise noted.

Employee Relations 10: 9 to 11 a.m., Feb. 10
This seminar explores discipline as an effective and positive management tool, using conflict resolution to improve communication and discussing why grievances are good for an organization. Managers are encouraged to attend.

Anti-Harassment Training: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 10
This anti-harassment training provides employees and supervisors with information about harassment and discrimination issues within the workplace.

Employee Performance Management Systems Workshop (EPMS): 9 to 11 a.m., March 24
Do you want to know how to properly use the EPMS form? Are you tired of wondering who to call for information on EPMS? In this seminar, you will learn how to use the EPMS to improve work performance and encourage the growth and development of your employees. Managers are encouraged to attend.

Employment 101/Selecting Talent: 10 a.m. to noon, April 14
This seminar reviews applicable labor and hiring laws, interview techniques and record keeping. At the conclusion of the session, managers will be provided the tools and resources necessary to conduct interviews and make positive employment selection decisions. University managers are encouraged to attend.

2003 Microsoft Excel Simple Formulas : 9 a.m to noon, April 9, Room 405 HOT
Learn to create basic formulas and use more advance functions such as date, mathematical, financial, Logical, data list functions and unusual uses for formulas and functions. Students observe demonstrations of look-up functions. Emphasis is placed on designing formulas to be linked and copied, and linking cells to other workbook pages and files. Prerequisite: Excel Basics or equivalent skills. Cost $50 via IIT.

2003 Microsoft Excel Formats and Charts: 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 19, Room 405 HOT
Learn how to use the charting feature in Excel. Learn how to create, modify, enhance and print charts. Construct a basic spreadsheet and learn how to create numeric, label and date formats; insert and delete rows and columns; change column or row width; sort larger workbooks; and filter. Prerequisite: Excel Basics or equivalent skills. Cost $50 via IIT.

Understanding Compensation and Classification: 10 a.m. to noon, April 21
This workshop is designed to educate hiring managers on the classification and compensation policy. The following topics will be covered, but not limited to: desk audit, re-classification, salary differences, salary adjustments, promotions and updates. The instructor will also discuss the process for creating new positions and descriptions. An overview of relevant MUSC policies and procedures in the state HRM system will be covered. Hiring managers are encouraged to attend.

Preparing for Retirement: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. , May 8; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (part 1), Sept. 3 and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (part 2), Sept. 4
This seminar will help you plan for your future. Representatives from the S.C. Retirement System, S.C. Employee Insurance Program, S.C. Deferred Compensation Program, Social Security Administration and a financial planning company will be available to answer questions regarding retirement.

Friday, Jan. 30, 2009

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