A good employee is an educated employee. Sierra HR Partners offers a variety of training workshops covering a wide range of business development topics, from harassment and discrimination prevention to increasing productivity, accountability and morale.

Sierra HR’s harassment and discrimination prevention training is presented in a fun and interactive forum. The employee workshop provides examples of what unlawful harassment is and what it is not; conflict resolution skills; and ways to minimize gossip. Your organization’s harassment policy and reporting procedures can also be folded into the course materials to customize the program for your company. In addition, the supervisory workshop includes all components to satisfy the elements of AB 1825, requiring all employers with 50 or more employees to provide two hours of interactive sexual harassment and anti-abuse training to all supervisors every two years. Employees and supervisors will leave with a clear understanding of their responsibilities in preventing and responding to harassment in the workplace.
Turnover is costly, time consuming and a downright hassle. With the cost of turnover estimated at 45–50 percent of an employee’s annual salary, it’s important to hire right the first time. Employers can alleviate this burden by adopting a structured hiring process focused on behavior-based interviewing. This workshop provides hands-on practice in preparing and delivering interviews that draw out behavioral examples of past performance in order to predict future behavior, rather than relying on a “gut feeling”. In addition, attendees will be able to understand and avoid legal pitfalls associated with poor interviewing techniques.
When done properly, a performance appraisal is a valuable tool for both the employer and the employee in increasing productivity and achieving business goals. This workshop focuses on what sets the tone for conducting effective performance evaluations. Those who attend will learn valuable skills on how to prepare for and draft effective performance evaluations, how to facilitate and manage the evaluation session, and how to create an atmosphere that encourages discussion for employee development, action, and improved performance.
Positive reinforcement inspires people to think beyond their immediate interests and focus on the concerns of the organization as a whole. Supervisors frequently focus on addressing errors and the negative aspects of an employee’s performance often overlooking the positive. Therefore it is important to create an environment where managers recognize everyday success to encourage initiative and support of the company’s mission. This workshop will provide tools and hands-on practice to deliver creative and appropriate recognition that specifically rewards desired results to enhance productivity, morale, and the organization’s competitive edge.
Effective communication is an essential part of enhancing and maintaining key business relationships. The challenge can be properly identifying your own communication style along with determining different communication style tendencies. This workshop will help participants learn how to understand assumptions and presumptions that impact communication, determine communication style tendencies, recognize autobiographical responses to communication and how they interfere with effective listening, as well as how to improve essential communication and listening skills.
Organizations today require a working environment where everyone is willing and able to work together in new and collaborative ways. This interactive workshop illustrates how five basic principles can create a collaborative climate where everyone is able to cooperate, share ideas and work together for a common purpose. These basic principles help individuals at every level of an organization put shared values into practice, develop strong work relationships, and create a high performance workplace culture.
When coaching and training aren’t enough to turn an employee’s performance around, supervisors need to step in and take prompt and decisive action. This workshop provides processes and hands-on practices for correcting problems in ways that positively influence future behavior, avoid guilt and punishment tactics, and minimize costly wrongful terminations.
In today’s high-pressure work environments, emotions are bound to erupt and chances are all employees have felt those moments when unwanted emotions intensify. The challenge is to prevent the negative emotions from building to the point where they inhibit rational thinking and productive interactions. During this workshop, supervisors and employees will learn valuable techniques to address and diffuse three stress levels of emotionally charged situations.
Today’s leadership roles require more than setting goals and giving orders. Effective leaders must empower employees through clarifying the common vision, tapping into employee motivation, and providing training to ensure behaviors align with the mission and goals of the organization. This may include helping a poor performer improve, coaching your best performer to be even better, or providing training to help employees acquire new skills in a demanding market. This course covers proactive strategies to help supervisors and trainers enhance training effectiveness and allow adult learners to reach their full potential.
When working under deadlines and pressures in today’s competitive economy, it is inevitable that conflicts and disputes between diverse co-workers will arise. This workshop prepares supervisors to deal with these conflicts as they occur, rather than allow them to build up and spill over onto other workers. Those who attend will learn useful approaches for describing the results and standards the team is expected to achieve, delivering encouragement to other team members to enable them to help each other, and identifying the proper procedures and resources for getting things done.
Ever feel like you are running in circles and not getting anything done? Is everyone else setting your priorities for you? This workshop illustrates practical and proactive strategies to effectively manage your workload and juggle competing priorities. Participants will learn how to identify and act on first priorities, enhance key relationships for greater effectiveness, minimize time-wasters, and exercise integrity in the moment of choice to act on what matters most.
Achieving the results you need from employees in both quality and productivity depends largely on how clearly those expectations are defined and how consistently you hold employees accountable for meeting them. From orienting a new employee, to delegating an assignment or adding new responsibilities, these skills will help avoid costly misunderstandings and ensure that the highest standards and priorities are met.
This workshop provides an overview of key requirements based on federal and state regulations to help supervisors better understand their role in partnering with HR to ensure compliance.  Join us and learn how to arm your supervisors, managers and HR staff with up-to-date information about essential employment law to create a consistent and compliant workplace.
This interactive workshop covers effective strategies that enhance supervisor effectiveness. Participants will learn how to be proactive and not reactive when dealing with employee issues, along with how to recognize employee cues for coaching and motivating. This workshop will also help participants understand that developing employees is a direct reflection of the supervisor’s performance, ways basic principles can be used to enhance employee performance, and how to tie leadership action with the company’s values and goals.
This program can be delivered in a one-on-one coaching format, or as a Lunch & Learn topic in 60 – 90 minutes. The content includes techniques for collecting employee data, examples of effective exit interview tools, and methods of analyzing the data to apply it to strategic business objectives and on-going improvement.
Your style and personal brand are much like your business cards in that they serve as the first introduction to who you are as a professional. Having the right clothes for the right business situation sends an important message. Like a smile and a handshake, your appearance displays a nonverbal message that is just as important as the verbal skills you will use to represent yourself, your company, and your colleagues well. Attend this workshop and learn how to professionally present yourself to the world for success.
In today’s economy, businesses cannot afford to pay for preventable safety citations. Our safety seminars are custom designed to help clarify California safety regulations so you aren’t paying unnecessary fines. We cover key safety regulations with which every business must comply, demonstrate strategies to prevent and respond to a workplace accident, the essentials for creating an Injury & Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) for all businesses, along with examples of the most common types of safety violations.
(Principles & Habit 1) From the best-selling book by Dr. Stephen Covey, this powerful workshop introduces profound principles that lay the foundation for effective communication and integrity-based leadership. The first module focuses on tapping into one’s leadership potential by becoming more aware of our paradigms, and being proactive rather than reactive. Discussions will reflect the organization’s mission and guide participants toward aligning their actions with the company’s values and goals.
(Habits 2 and 3) Part II focuses on enhancing leadership effectiveness by beginning with the end in mind, and putting “first things” first. Traditional time management has suggested that working harder, smarter, and faster will help you gain control over your life. However, in this practical program, rather than focus on time and things, Habits 2 and 3 emphasize priorities, relationships, and results. Rather than efficiency, the focus is effectiveness. Participants will learn how to identify their various roles and top priorities in their work and personal life, and take control of their scheduling to act on top priorities first and gain greater balance in their life.
(Habits 4 and 5) Part III expands the leadership development journey by highlighting the development of interdependent, rather than dependent or competitive relationships, leading toward improved teamwork, morale and productivity. Key habits include “think win-win” in problem solving, and “seek first to understand, then be understood” for improved communication.
(Habits 6 and 7) Participants will experience the value of working and thinking “out of the box” as they gain a better understanding of synergy. Through creative cooperation and valuing differences, a team and organization will gain the competitive edge. To maintain forward momentum and production capability, the workshop will also address the importance of the final habit, Habit 7–“Sharpen the Saw.”