Disciplining Bad Managers

Learn the causes of bad management and what strategies might be employed to address it.

 

Three in five employees who leave their company do so out of frustration – and it almost always has to do with how they work with their managers. In many organizations, managers behave poorly, negatively affecting employees and the workplace environment and putting their companies at risk. Bad management behavior can range from minor to major offenses but can be destructive, eventually chase away great employees, and sometimes even cause a lawsuit. Learn the causes of bad management and what strategies might be employed to address it.

 

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to discuss why it’s important to focus on leadership development.
  • You will be able to explain the causes of bad management.
  • You will be able to identify what strategies to address bad management.
  • You will be able to recognize how bad managers can put your company at risk.

Gaining Self-Awareness of One’s Own Character

Understand the steps of self-awareness and maximize management skills.

 

Regardless of your profession or industry, your career success rides on your ability to lead, manage, and get along with your colleagues. Even when personal feedback is presented to us, we’re not always open to it because honest feedback isn’t always flattering. Consequently, many of us have a pretty low level of self-awareness.

Becoming self-aware is an essential first step toward maximizing management skills. Self-awareness can improve judgment and help identify opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

Dangerous Interview Questions: What Will Keep You Out of (or Open You up to) Litigation

Ensure you know what you can and can’t ask during an interview and avoid legal headaches for your company.

 

Interviewing prospective employees is not just an important skill for a company to master, but it also has to be done in line with applicable legal limits. No matter how much an employer wants to know about a candidate, there are limits to what a candidate can legally be asked. Employers who fail to ensure that their interview process meets legal requirements run the risk of having to defend costly lawsuits stemming from a perception that a past employment decision was premised upon legally inappropriate areas of inquiry. Understand the do’s and don’ts of employment interviewing and gain practical advice to best train your employees in complying with all required legal rules and limitations in the hiring process.

 

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to explain what questions are legally allowed.
  • You will be able to review appropriate in-house interview programs and procedures.
  • You will be able to recognize legally inappropriate questions.
  • You will be able to identify problems with your staff interviews of prospective employees.

Hourly and Daily Planning

Learn how to be more intentional with your time and get the most out of your days and hours.

 

Many people start their day with the best of intentions but quickly get sucked into the busyness and minutia of the day. There are big goals or projects they want to get to someday but never get around to it. Some even make a plan, but it gets set aside, derailed, or is unrealistic. This course will highlight how efficient planning requires a small investment of time yet provides a huge payoff to your productivity. We will discuss ways to be strategic with your time, help optimize your focus and energy, and minimize those things that pull you off track. The material will also include practical strategies for eliminating time wasters and inefficiencies, creating more realistic task lists, improving focus, and tips to stop procrastinating and start doing. If you are ready to be more intentional with your time, join us for this course and get the most out of your days and hours.

Accounting and Taxation of Home Office Expenses and Deductions

Identify and understand the requirements for claiming the home office deduction.

 

Questions about the home office tax deduction have moved onto the center stage since the pandemic began. Not only are remote employees questioning the availability of this deduction, but there has been a measurable increase in the number of new businesses (U.S. Census Bureau reports that there were 4.4 million applications for new businesses in 2020, 5.4 million applications in 2021, compared to 3.5 million in 2019), many of which will qualify the owners for home office tax benefits. Take a deep dive into the home office deduction with this course, and you will be able to answer all the questions your clients have and present them with the knowledge they need to move forward with the home office deduction if it is appropriate for them.

 

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to define the requirements for claiming a home office deduction.
  • You will be able to describe the types of expenses that qualify for a home office deduction.
  • You will be able to discuss the differences between the regular and the simplified methods for calculating the home office deduction.
  • You will be able to to review the benefits and detriments of claiming a home office deduction.

Essential Job Functions According to the ADA

Understand your legal obligations under the ADA and avoid pitfalls that lead to discrimination and failure-to-accommodate claims.

 

Most employers know that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires reasonable accommodation of disabled applicants and employees, but few have a deep understanding of the crucial role that essential job functions play in that analysis.

Additionally, when and how to engage in the interactive process under the ADA is critical but can be tricky to execute in a legally defensible way. This course will help you understand employers’ legal obligations under the ADA and navigate around common pitfalls that often lead to expensive discrimination and failure-to-accommodate claims.

 

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify essential vs. marginal job functions under the ADA.
  • You will be able to review your job descriptions to ensure they accurately reflect the essential job functions required for each position.
  • You will be able to recognize when the obligation to engage in the ADA interactive process is triggered.
  • You will be able to describe best practices and common pitfalls for reasonable accommodations under the ADA.

Top Payroll Mistakes: How to Prevent and Correct Them

Learn how to avoid and correct the most common payroll mistakes professionals make.

 

Payroll-related mistakes happen, and there can be serious legal consequences when they do. At some point, you just might need to obtain legal guidance to help you and your company make any mistakes right. This course will help you identify common payroll mistakes and learn how to avoid or fix these mistakes.

 

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to discuss any payroll mistakes with your employees.
  • You will be able to explain how to avoid a payroll-related lawsuit.
  • You will be able to identify the most common payroll mistakes.
  • You will be able to recognize how to fix a payroll mistake.

Team Building From the Inside Out

Gain a better understanding of how to build your team from the inside as a team member.

 

Group-development activities like team building can significantly improve organizational performance. In addition, team building enhances customer/client satisfaction. Learn to align your team around specific goals, establish clear lines of accountability and responsibility for team members, build effective working relationships through effective communication skills, and identify common mistakes and solutions to challenges in teams. Further, you will learn how team building gives your organization a competitive edge over competitors.

Implementing Strategic Planning: Vision Statement, Mission Statement, Values

Learn to create a strong, inspiring vision and mission statement.

Many organizations do not revisit the vision, mission, and values in conjunction with their strategic planning. Which often causes a disconnect with their current state of operations. Rather than taking the time to update or review these elements, they assume that their internal and external customers will know who they are and what they stand for. This course will help managers and leaders understand how to incorporate the revisitation or revival of their vision, mission, and values as they strategically plan to increase productivity, engagement, and revenues. They will learn the importance of communicating their WHY and how to reinforce their core values to their employees and customers.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to define how to create a strong, inspiring vision and mission statement.
  • You will be able to describe what strategic planning includes and how to implement effectively.
  • You will be able to discuss methods to identify, implement, and review the vision, mission and strategic plan.
  • You will be able to describe an effective plan to present to upper management, board of directors, or other leadership entities.

Living With the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act

Explore what is covered by UPMIFA and many common misunderstandings about its scope and limitations.

 

The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) was released for State enactment in 2006, following five years of study and drafting by the Uniform Law Commission. Within three years, it had been adopted by a majority of all states, and within five years, it had been adopted by 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands leaving only two jurisdictions in the country where it is not the law governing the investment and expenditure.

Almost 20% of the labor force in the United States is directly affected or employed by charitable organizations, and since the Act governs the use, management, and expenditure of trillions of dollars, its importance and impact on our daily life cannot be overstated. This UPMIFA Update Program will review the origin and rationale of UPMIFA and explain its continued importance and popularity as the primary source of law governing this vital portion of the United States Economy.

This course will explore what is covered by UPMIFA and many common misunderstandings about its scope and limitations. We will also review some of the developments in the law since its 2006 creation, including variations in some state versions of the Act, several important appellate court interpretations of UPMIFA, and the ongoing legislative pressure to make further changes in this vital statute.

 

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to discuss the importance of proper classification of gifts.
  • You will be able to define the legal obligations of the board of an NPO.
  • You will be able to describe the requirements of law under UPMIFA.
  • You will be able to explain what UPMIFA does.