Langara is committed to developing and engaging its employees. Each semester, People and Culture offers complimentary professional development sessions to all staff. Upcoming offerings are listed below; please note that pre-registration is required. 

PD session topics are generated through employee feedback. Is there a career-related topic that you want to learn more about? Do you know of any engaging, insightful speakers, or want to lead a session of your own? Are you a leader looking to host a session for your area? Connect with us at hrupdate@langara.ca.

Registration Process

To register for a PD session, please complete and submit the registration form for the session you are interested in.

Sessions will be capped at 25 participants (unless otherwise stated). If a session reaches full capacity, we will establish a waitlist. In consideration for waitlisted participants, we request that all registrants notify us at least 48 hours prior to a session if they are no longer able to attend. Attendance will be taken at each session; registrants who miss more than two sessions without notice will only be able to register on the waitlist for future sessions.


For information on wellness-related development opportunities, visit the Wellness Initiatives page. For information on faculty-related development opportunities, visit the TCDC iweb and Ed Tech's workshops page.

Looking to brush up your computer skills? Learn a second language? Continue your educational goals? All employees eligible for benefits can apply for tuition fee waiver or reimbursement. To learn more about the courses and tuition benefits offered at Langara, visit our Tuition Fee Benefits page.

Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Facilitator: Roy Johnson, The Neutral Zone

Most of us nod our heads and agree that working professionally and respectfully
together is important. Still, academic workplaces encounter acts of disrespect and
harassment. This interactive workshop challenges participants to clarify the type of
workplace they want and examines the barriers to achieving this. Participants leave with
a deeper understanding of expectations for workplace respect, and with practical tools
they can use right away to prevent bullying and harassment and to effectively deal with
it if it happens.

Click here to register for this session.

 

 

Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm 

Facilitator: Roy Johnson, The Neutral Zone

Part of working effectively as a team is giving and receiving feedback to promote insight
and workplace satisfaction. Having different styles and points of view inevitably lead to
“pinch points” or conflicts in our work relationships. This is especially true for clientfacing
teams who must navigate organizational policies and procedures that are
sometimes at odds with client expectations. Dealing effectively with feedback and
conflict are hallmarks of a harmonious and happy team. This engaging workshop helps
participants learn about their communication style preferences and develop counterintuitive
strategies gleaned from evidence-based research that really work to promote
healthy communication and joint problem-solving. Participants leave with practical skills
and tools to immediately improve their teamwork and communication.

Click here to register for this session. 

 

Time: 12:30 pm-2:00 pm 

Facilitator: Roy Johnson, The Neutral Zone

Though most of us don’t see ourselves as racist, sexist or in any way discriminatory,
research and current media #metoo and #BLM discussions prove to us that we all have
biases that can affect our judgment and behaviours without us even being consciously
aware. This dynamic workshop gives participants an opportunity to safely examine
unconscious bias, to reflect on their own potential implicit judgments and to apply
practical tools for managing and overcoming unfair and unhelpful biases. This leads to
improved communication, decision-making and teamwork.

Click here to register for this session.

Time: 2:30 pm-4:00 pm 

Facilitator: Roy Johnson, The Neutral Zone

An avalanche of emails, phone calls, customer challenges and project demands
bombard us on a daily basis. In trying to keep it all together, sometimes it feels like you
are attempting to braid together a bunch of writhing snakes. The challenge of trying to
keep on top of everything can lead to increased stress, decreased work performance
and even illness. This course will be useful to anyone who has to wear many hats in the
workplace, particularly those who work on several project teams at the same time. This
course will benefit anyone who finds that they can’t find enough hours in the week to
get the job done. Participants learn how to identify their time wasters, conquer their
procrastination and handle competing priorities. Participants leave having learned how
to delegate and help effectively, and with the magic art of saying “no."

Click here to register for this session. 

Time: 12:30 pm-2:00 pm

Facilitator: Roy Johnson, The Neutral Zone

 

Organizational change and ambiguity are facts of modern academia. Then something
about the global COVID pandemic seemed to overwhelm many of us with work while
isolating some of us from supports. Being able to respond effectively to change and
manage our stress are now critically important skills for professionals. In this session,
participants will reflect on the effects of change and stress on them and their colleagues
and will leave with insights and practical tools they can implement to protect
themselves for stress and master influencing others positively to cope with, and even
excel during inevitable organizational and global changes.

Click here to register for this session.