Private Sector Training Courses

FELTG training isn’t just for federal agencies – we have several training programs for private sector organizations as well. Check out the list below.


PS-1: The Supervisor’s Role in EEO (1 day)

For many managers, the world of Equal Employment Opportunity is not just mysterious, but also foreboding. FELTG’s instructors aim to make it less so. An understanding of the EEO laws helps supervisors spot potential issues before they rise to the level of discrimination or harassment. Find out the role that you, as a supervisor, play and what you should do each step of the way. Failure to understand the process will lead to costly mistakes, with emphasis on the word costly. Attendees will leave this course with a thorough understanding of Equal Employment law basics and tools to help prevent harassment and discrimination before it starts.

Course Topics: The role of EEO protections in the workplace; defining protected categories: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability and reprisal; filing requirements; your organization’s legal obligations; liability in EEO cases; what to do if you’re a Responding Management Official in a complaint; defending against frivolous complaints.


PS-2: Preventing and Correcting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (1/2-1 day)

The #MeToo movement has had a clear influence on the workplace. There has been a noticeable increase in sexual harassment complaints, as well as fear and concern among supervisors about when actions or comments rise to the level of harassment. Supervisors who attend this course will learn their responsibilities to respond to harassment claims, as well as how to effectively address situations before they rise to the level of harassment.

Course Topics: Definition of sexual harassment; circumstances that constitute harassment; roles in harassment; tangible employment actions; hostile work environment harassment; same-sex harassment; company liability; strategies for prevention.


PS-3: Understanding Reasonable Accommodation (1 day)

How do you determine if an employee is disabled? What does qualified individual mean? What exactly is the interactive process? And how do you know if an accommodation is effective? This course will answers those questions, and dive into some of the most perplexing reasonable accommodation challenges, including requests to telework, leave as accommodation, who chooses the accommodation, invisible disabilities, and more.

Course Topics: Your organization’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act & Amendments Act; relevant regulations; the reasonable accommodation process; defining an individual with a disability; major life activities and substantial limitations; essential job functions; the interactive process; types of reasonable accommodation; denying accommodation; undue hardship; special challenges in reasonable accommodation.


PS-4: Conducting Effective Misconduct Investigations (1-2 days)

So, you’ve been told there’s potential misconduct by an employee, and you’ve been tasked with performing an investigation. Where do you begin? This thorough one- or two-day training will get you up to speed on the procedures and best practices for conducting investigations in the workplace, from planning the investigation to fact-finding and all the way to testifying at a deposition, hearing, arbitration or trial.

Course Topics: Criminal v. tort activity in the workplace; necessary evidence; misconduct-based investigations; fact-finding; employee legal rights during an investigation; testifying at hearing; Privacy Act considerations; investigating harassment complaints.


PS-5: Effectively Managing and Communicating with Your Employees (1-2 days)

There is a significant difference between managing and leading, and we’ll explain that difference in detail. Attendees will leave this training with the know-how to use social styles to communicate and manage conflict with precision, and a structured approach to high-stakes conversations.

Course Topics: Managing vs. leading; identifying and honing your supervisory skills; managing difficult employee personality types; managing a multigenerational workforce; managing a mobile workforce; using structured communication with your employees; conflict resolution skills; utilizing a team-based approach in your organization.


PS-6: Mindset Matters: Making the Transition from Individual Contributor to Supervisor (1 day)

Receiving a promotion is a career highlight. However, if that promotion means you’re now supervising your former co-workers, then it also means you’re about to navigate the trickiest part of your career. This one-day course is perfect those who have been promoted, or hope to be promoted at some point.

Course Topics: Assessing existing managerial knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence; understanding the art and science behind managing others; differentiating between a general mindset, positional mindset, and job-specific mindset; understanding the traits that directly correlate with the ability to accurately assess performance; create a personal development strategy to transition to supervision.


PS-7: Leadership Deep Dive (1-2 days)

Take one or two days to submerge yourself into this interactive course led by nationally recognized leadership scholar and trainer Dr. Anthony J. Marchese, and you’ll leave with a roadmap for continuously improving your leadership skills. The content can be emphasized and focused for the needs of the group in attendance.

Course Topics: Equipping individuals at all levels with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and confidence to lead with excellence; research-inspired best-practices and a practice-driven approach to increasing leadership effectiveness; self-assessments; an easy-to-remember framework for managing conversations with employees; strategies for cultivating high-performing teams; recommendations to increase your influence within your organization.


PS-8: The High-Performing Team (1 day)

This interactive, full-day learning experience is based upon Social Styles, an industry-tested assessment that helps leaders leverage individual personality types and strengths to promote accurate communication, diminish unhealthy conflict, and increase individual and collective performance. The High-Performing Team, led by nationally recognized leadership scholar and trainer Dr. Anthony J. Marchese, includes assessments, relevant articles and videos, real-life simulations, and practical suggestions for ongoing sustainability.

Course Topics: The neuroscience behind peak performance; the composition of teams of excellence; strategies to understand and negotiate individual difference; align team goals with those of your organization.


PS-9: Handling Behavioral Health Issues and Threats of Violence in the Workplace (1-2 days)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Shana Palmieri will share practical and clinical guidance on how to avoid, manage and prepare for workplace crises — and properly deal with them should they occur. What are the warning signs that an employee may become violent? What are the best accommodations for employees with various mental health conditions? What’s the best way to intervene when you think an employee is suicidal? 

Course Topics: Your organization’s legal obligation to provide its employees with a safe workplace; ADAAA requirements on accommodating individuals with mental impairments and other behavioral health issues; types of mental disabilities and how they may exhibit in the workplace; dealing with suicidal employees; dos and don’ts when working employees who have behavioral health issues; myths and facts about targeted violence in the workplace; individual characteristics that put an employee at higher risk of committing an act of violence; steps to take if someone becomes violent in the workplace; developing and implementing an in-house threat management team to deal with threat assessments; risk management; the best ways to keep employees safe during a crisis.


PS-10: Strengths-based Strategies for Success (1 day)

Managers who help employees identify, develop, and strategically apply their strengths create a culture of high employee engagement and performance. According to Gallup, 67% of employees who strongly agree that their manager focuses on their strengths are engaged in their jobs.  And according to OPM, 47% of disengaged millennials will leave their current employer for a culture where they feel they better “fit in.” This fun, interactive session will provide a tool for participants to assess their own strengths and plug in to the organizational mission.

Course Topics: Encourage a safe environment to explore their strengths; identify strategies for embedding strengths into job execution; introduce learners to the completion of their own Strengths-Based Strategies for Success Development Plan. Learners will leave with increased self-awareness, awareness of others, and practical tools to extend and apply their learning.

Upcoming Training Events


Oct
31
Tue
Virtual Training Event – Advanced MSPB Law: Navigating Complex Issues
Oct 31 – Nov 2 all-day

Download Individual Registration Form

Course Description

Do you want to take your knowledge and understanding of MSPB law to a new level? Have you let your skills languish while the Board sat empty and quorum-less for several years? Want to confidently address the knotty Federal employment law issues that challenge even the most experienced advisors?

FELTG’s three-day Advanced MPSB Law: Navigating Complex Issues is an in-depth, highly interactive virtual training event that will not only meet all those needs, but help you reach the top of your game.

During Advanced MSPB, FELTG’s team of top MSPB practitioners and topic authors will move beyond the foundations discussed in MSPB Law Week and dive deep into high-level discussions on effective strategies and techniques for managing disciplinary and performance issues, including those that crossover with EEO.

Tuesday, October 31

Discipline Issues: Understanding the nexus requirement; progressive discipline; alternative discipline; comparator employees, and more.

Wednesday, November 1

Performance and Probationary Challenges: Writing effective performance standards; managing up and down performance; understanding and utilizing employee probationary periods, and more.

Thursday, November 2

Reasonable Accommodation; Mixed Cases. Reasonable accommodation and the intersection with performance and conduct; mixed cases; and more.

Date and Time

October 31 – November 2, 2023

1 – 4:30 pm ET each day

Instructors

Deborah Hopkins, Ann Boehm, Bob Woods

Registration

Download Individual Registration Form

Pricing

Early Bird Tuition (register by October 16):

  • 3 days = $1095
  • 2 days = $875
  • 1 day = $450

Standard Tuition (register October 17 or later):

  • 3 days = $1195
  • 2 days = $975
  • 1 day = $550

Seminar registration includes a printed copy of the materials. In order to have the best chance to receive materials by the training date, please register by October 16 and provide a shipping address, and your materials will be sent via USPS Priority Mail. Registrations received after October 16 will also receive printed materials, which will be shipped Priority Mail when registration is received; they may not arrive in time for the training.

 

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Zoom for this Virtual Training Institute event. Many government computers and systems allow Zoom access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • Group rates are available for agencies registering 10 or more individuals for the full event. Group discounts are available through October 16, 2023.
Nov
14
Tue
Virtual Training Event – Clean Records, Last Rites, Last Chances, and Other Discipline Alternatives
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Course Description

If you’ve attended FELTG accountability training, you know the numerous pitfalls that can derail an agency’s disciplinary action, whether it’s suspension, demotion, or removal. But even when executed correctly, traditional discipline can sometimes make a bad situation worse. For example: You suspend an employee and create more work for everyone else on the team. Sometimes, the most “effective and efficient” approach is not a traditional disciplinary action. Late last year, OPM issued regulations that removed a prohibition on clean record agreements, returning to agencies a tool “to resolve informal and formal complaints.” It is one of many alternative disciplinary tools Federal supervisors have. In this two-hour virtual training, FELTG President Deborah J. Hopkins will explain why, how, and when to use numerous alternative actions, including not just clean record agreements, but also:

  • Last chance agreements
  • Last rites agreements
  • Paper suspensions
  • Reprimands in lieu of suspensions
  • And more

The goal of discipline is to rehabilitate. In certain circumstances, alternative sanctions are the more effective approach. You’ll leave this session knowing how to identify the right disciplinary alternative for your situation and the appropriate steps to see it all the way through successfully. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Appropriately draft documents for alternative discipline.
  • Explain the difference between last chance agreements and last rites agreements.
  • Discuss the benefits of reprimand in lieu of suspension.

Registrants will also receive a copy of the textbook UnCivil Servant: Holding Federal Employees Accountable for Performance and Conduct, 5th Ed., by William Wiley and Deborah Hopkins. Register now for this engaging, timely, and highly useful training. The program will be held from 1 – 3 pm ET.

Date and Time

Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 pm eastern.

Instructor

Deborah J. Hopkins

Registration

Download Individual Registration Form

Price

  • Early Bird Tuition: $345 (payment required by October 30)
  • Standard Tuition: $375 (payments made October 31 or later)
  • Want to register a group? Group discounts are available through October 30. Contact FELTG.

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Zoom to broadcast this Virtual Training Institute event. Many government computers and systems allow Zoom access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • Group rates are available for agencies registering 10 or more attendees for the full event. Group discounts are available through October 30.

Cancellation and No-show Policy for Registered Participants: Cancellations made after the cancel date on the registration form will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. Pre-paid training using the “Pay Now” option will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. No-shows will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses.

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