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Coping with Change workshops teaches the skills to handle a dynamic environment.
Life is change. Change, whether it is viewed positively or negatively, produces stress. A change event can be unexpected, or one that has been expected, but is unwelcome. Regardless, everyone has a different perception of change and different reactions to the stress caused by change. These reactions vary from time to time, depending on the event that caused the stress, and on other stressors that are evident at the same time.
Not only does everyone react differently to change, but each person’s response is further compounded by the varying reactions of others to the same new event. Participants in CMI’s Coping with Change workshops first learn to identify their own reaction to change and then learn how to identify and deal with other people’s reactions. Reactions are predictors of ongoing behavior and are examined so that participants begin to understand the expanding ripples of their immediate and long-term responses.
Diversity workshops and Cross-Cultural Training answers the current need to build stronger teams with a variety of strengths.
Successful organizations know that diversity and cross-cultural trainings are necessary ingredients for successful and productive teams that allow organizations to gain a competitive edge in an increasingly global community. For over twenty-five years, CMI has provided insightful training, materials and train-the-trainer workshops for businesses in a variety of industries that recognize the need for diversity and cross-cultural education.
Diversity and cross-cultural training should not be a static process that is written once and presented over and over again throughout the years. CMI’s unique approach to this training includes a work style preference component so that all participants learn their own communication style, the styles of others, and how to determine and utilize preferred methods of communication in all situations. This approach allows participants to learn the basics so that they can apply those principles in an ever-changing situations.
Diversity training has existed for quite a while in some form or another, although different labels were used in the past to refer to this type of training, such as race relations training and multicultural education. As the labels suggest, diversity training aims were to combat racism, sexism, exclusion, and ethnocentrism in the workplace. However, today’s global marketplace offers an additional connotation which is more positive, an adds the dimension of cross-cultural training. Diversity and cross-cultural training aim to assist individuals and companies to recognize the need for, and the methods too, appropriately communicate with individuals from a world of backgrounds, with a world of different work style behaviors.
Diversity and cross-cultural training are an essential part of a successful company’s overall well-being.
CMI trainers use their expertise in:
- Evaluating conflict and providing resolution guidelines
- Preparing organizations for increases in racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity
- Selecting and preparing employees for international work
- Safeguarding against harassment and unfair employment lawsuits
- Taking advantage of employee diversity to increase productivity
- Conducting cultural audits
Stress Management is a ready solution to one of the greatest problems of the modern workplace.
Stress is part of our daily lives. All organizations suffer increased medical costs and lost productivity as a result of employee’s ongoing and unmitigated stress levels. Stress is contagious and group stress interferes with organizational success. By teaching employees to better process their negative reactions to the workplace and personal stressors, an organization can be productive and successful even in the most challenging of times.
CMI has assisted organizations of all types with concepts, techniques and programs designed to assess employee stress levels and remediate performance problems caused by employees’ inability to cope with stress. When stress levels are defined, employees learn to recognize the signs of negative reactions to stress in themselves and others, which is the first step in the process of dealing equitably with challenging situations. The results of stress management training are increased productivity, a more engaged workforce and a workplace environment that fosters individual initiative.
When employees are taught how to cope with stress in positive ways, their improved performance reflects directly on your bottom line.
Cost effective ways to assist employees effectively handle stress make sense. CMI designs programs that are appropriate for your organization’s operating style and culture.
An assessment of employee / group stress levels is the first step to ensuring that programs match your employees needs. CMI uses proprietary and validated assessments which provide employees with useful information regarding their current stress levels.
The results of the stress level evaluations, combined with your organization’s requirements allow CMI to then design specific remedies, including individual and group information and counseling sessions.
Group workshops include information for your employees which includes:
- Discovering their own personal stress triggers
- Minimizing or eliminating common stress
- Emptying “stress buckets” regularly to prevent loss of productivity
- Improving their coping methods
- Methods for gaining greater work/life satisfaction
- Identifying stress in others to improve relationships and decrease group stress
Conflict Resolution stops little issues from turning into damaging, time-consuming struggles.
Conflict resolution workshops are often the most highly valued and regularly attended offerings that CMI provides. This is because conflict resolution is generally not provided at all or is provided very late in the game, as a result of obvious difficulties in the workplace. The saying, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,” applies to all of CMI’s conflict resolution programs.
In order to improve successful results, CMI takes a common sense approach to providing information that will provide quick, positive results. Success breeds confidence in the new techniques and participants will learn to understand how conflicting goals can be handled effectively, without allowing them to turn into personal dislikes.
Participants find that using techniques to reduce conflict make the workplace more comfortable as teamwork increases and individuals re-engage in shared projects. The result is that groups learn to move beyond personal grievances toward mutual success.
Improving Job Performance workshops identify the responsibilities and outline the goals.
Poor job performance affects the individual, the supervisor, and the organization. At the crux of the problem is often confusion concerning responsibility. Who is responsible for a person’s performance? Quite often, the low performing individual finds a number of people and things to blame, but never begins to internalize the fact that each of us are responsible for our own actions and for our reactions to obstacles.
CMI’s Improving Job Performance workshop allows participants to identify whether or not they, themselves, control their daily lives. Those who are convinced that regardless of what they do, their job and life success is guided by forces outside of their own control learn how to re-evaluate “cause and effect” and to approach analysis in a more positive manner. Exercises with measurable outcomes are completed, with the expectation that they will be utilized for all continuing tasks. Those whose assessment results indicate that they understand that results are based on their actions are given a separate set of exercises to support their problem-solving approaches. These participants will continue to record and strengthen successful work behaviors.
Financial Planning workshops serve outplaced, transitioning and retiring employees.
CMI offers financial planning as part of the outplacement process and as a stand-alone service. Our personalized financial management planning and wealth management strategies workshops are always provided by an SEC registered representative. CMI’s areas of expertise include estate, education, insurance and retirement planning.
Financial planning is an important component of the outplacement process as the transition from a consistent, known income stream to the financial uncertainties associated with career transition can be frightening and intimidating. CMI offers financial analysis and planning for transitioning clients, including:
- Financial Assessment
- Cash Flow Analysis
- Debt Management
- Budget Creation and Management
- Insurance and Risk Management
- Long-term Goal Analysis and Associated Investment Strategies
More About the Financial Planning Workshops for Transitioning Employees
CMI’s premier services and resources address important wealth management needs including:
- Achieving Financial Goals
- Tax Planning
- Developing an Estate Plan
- Determining Insurance Needs
- Selecting the Best Property to Gift
- Refining an Investment Strategy
- Transferring Business Ownership
- Protecting Assets
- Reducing Estate Tax Bills with Charitable Gifts
- Planning for Children’s Higher Education
- Making the Most of Retirement Accounts
More About the Financial Planning Workshops for Retiring Employees
Retirement planning is in many ways an inventory process that examines current financial status, projects your needs, and calculates how much you must save to meet those needs. CMI provides step-by-step planning to develop a personal retirement plan that fits the specific goals and circumstances of its clients. Personal consultation planning includes:
- Estimating Risk Tolerance
- Anticipating Living Expenses
- Estimating Retirement Income Needs
- Calculating Cash Value Projections
- Identifying Realistic Goals
- Reviewing Investment Selections
- Assisting in Asset Allocation