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Hot Topics in the Workplace for Supervisors and Managers

Ocotber 24
8am -noon
Georgia Dept of Labor
(221 S. Ashley Street)
$25 Members / $45 Non-members
Deadline to register: October 23

Workshop Details

It doesn't matter whether you oversee the huge recruiting department of a Fortune 500 company or if you are the general manager of a small company: If your responsibility consists of supervising or managing others then hot issues will always spring to the forefront.

Today more than ever, you know how important it is to step meticulously while meeting the company’s needs and avoid violating job applicants’ or employees’ civil rights and so much more. Just think for a moment, what are the topics most discussed among supervisors and managers today?

You do not want to miss the FINAL session this year of the Supervisor Essentials Workshop!

Remember, the only kind of training that is important to a business/organization is the kind that gets applied in the workplace—and the Supervisor Essentials Workshops provides this and more.

Workshop sessions below.
Session 1: "OUTBREAK: Combating Substance Abuse in the Workplace"

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 75% of all adult illicit drug users are employed, as are most binge and heavy alcohol users. As a supervisor or manager in your workplace, you play a critical role in keeping your workplace safe. Yet there remains a great deal of denial as well as numerous misconceptions among many employers about who is using illicit drugs and alcohol, and how this can directly impact their bottom line. To add to this dilemma, prescription drug abuse is on the rise along with many other 'substances' like medical marijuana. In this session you will learn why it is important to ensure a drugfree workplace, receive tips on identifying signs and symptoms of substance abuse and learn of the options available for assistance to your employees and colleagues.
Session 2: "Business Law 101 for Supervisors & Managers"

Are you absolutely certain about which job-interview questions spark lawsuits? Or which words written in performance evaluations are almost guaranteed to trigger discrimination lawsuits? Do you thoroughly understand the recent changes to employment-related laws, and how the federal administration is cracking down on employer and manager mistakes? This session will address the legal implications and consequences supervisors and managers must know regarding employment law responsibilities.
Session 3: "RoundUp: Performance Evaluations"

Year end is quickly approaching and you know what that got it...PERFORMANCE EVALUTATIONS. Exciting? Absolutely! There are ways to conduct these meetings so that everyone benefits. In this session you will learn how to accomplish just that and more.
Session 4: "Shh, please listen. It's all About Communication"

Having effective communication in the workplace is the cornerstone of establishing trust within teams and making productivity improvement gains in their performance. Sometimes you only find this out the hard way! In this session you will gain tools on the most effective ways to improve communication in your workplace.

Session 1: "Outbreak- Combating Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Presenter: Denese Henderson
(Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia)

Denise is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She received her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Social Relations in 1976 from Lehigh University. She was part of the first class of women to attend Lehigh University and was among the first three African American women to graduate. While attending Lehigh she also attended Moravian College and obtained her certification in Social Work.

Her background is quite diverse—a true reflection of the many skills and attributes she possesses. Denese’s professional experience consists of retail management for Kmart Stores, Assistant Director of Admissions at Spelman College, Educational Services for the United Negro College Fund, Assistant Director of Financial Aid in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Counselor at Lehigh and Emory University, Director of a Substance Abuse Transitional Living Program for Women in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Personnel at Signet Bank in Richmond, VA and Sales.

Thirty years after receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she began graduate studies in Marriage and Family Therapy at Valdosta State University. While pursuing her graduate degree in 2007 Denese worked part-time for Behavioral Health Services as a substance abuse/mental health therapist and became full- time in August 2009. In June of 2010 she became a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) and then a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in September 2012. She is an Active member of Narcotics Anonymous and has been drug and alcohol free for 17 years.

She spends her free time with her husband and 13- month old granddaughter. When time allows, Denese enjoys acting, reading, educating others about the disease of addiction and motivating others to reach for the stars.

Session 2: "Business Law 101 for Supervisors and Managers

Presenter: Emily Macheski-Preston (Coleman Talley LLP)

Emily Macheski-Preston is a member of the litigation team of Coleman Talley LLP. Coleman Talley is celebrating its 75th year of providing trusted legal services this year, with 28 attorneys in offices in Valdosta and Atlanta. Emily works in a variety of the firm’s practice groups, specializing in business litigation, employment law, and trial defense. Emily attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and Mercer University on full scholarships, graduating with honors and receiving two national titles for her oral advocacy skills. In her employment practice, Emily regularly counsels clients regarding employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, restrictive covenants, independent contractor agreements, employee handbooks and other contractual matters. In addition, she assists clients in defending charges of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Her practice also includes preventative counseling on diverse areas of employment law, such as compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and Equal Employment Opportunity.

In her free time, Emily serves on the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Council as Vice-Chair for Health Care and as Chair of Networking and Community Involvement for the MetroOne Young Professionals. Emily is a member of Wiregrass Technical College’s 2013 Gathering of the Eagles Committee and Attorney Coach for Valwood School's Mock Trial Team. Emily is also the Vice-Chair of the Department of Labor's South Georgia Employer Committee and was recently appointed to the Board for Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Labor and Employment Law Section and a member of the Young Lawyers Division’s Labor and Employment Law Committee.

Session 3: "RoundUp- Performance Evaluations"

Presenter: M. Anne Turner, PHR
(Smith Barnes & Associates)

Anne is a founding partner of SmithBarnas & Associates and serves clients as a HR Advisor. Anne has been working in Human Resources since 1992. She completed her Bachelors of Business Administration at Valdosta State University and maintains her credentials as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the national Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), a partner of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has worked in industries including health care, automotive and manufacturing, professional service and construction. Capable of managing all aspects of the HR function, Anne’s expertise lends itself to employee relations and workplace investigations.

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Session 4: "Shh, please listen. It's all About Communication"

Presenter: Carla Carter-Jordan (Valdosta State University Co-op Ed)

Carla is a graduate of Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communications. She joined the Cooperative Education Team in 2007 as the Cooperative Education/Internship Coordinator for the Cooperative Education Program at Valdosta State University. Jordan is currently the Assistant Director for the Cooperative Education Department.
Carla has served her community as a member of MetroOne Leadership Team 2010, a member of Leadership Lowndes Class of 2009, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. as a member of the Regional Leadership Team’s Chaplain Council and Arts and Letters Committee, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Sister-to-Sister Chair for 2005, and a mentor.

She spends her free time with her husband and daughter. When time allows, Carla truly enjoys facilitating workshops promoting others to pursue personal and professional growth.