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Harness the power of workplace networking at May 19 session

2014 May 8
by HISD Communications

We humans are wired for connection. We survive because we are connected, and the same principle holds true in the workplace.

Employees are wired to connect with others for growth and support, but many shy away from building new relationships because they feel they lack the skills necessary to nourish them or network effectively.

The Onboarding and Organizational Development Department is offering a new professional development session to help employees build their networking skills and make the most of their workplace connections.

“Leveraging Internal Expertise: The Power of Workplace Networking” will take place from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, May 19, at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 W. 18th St., 77092), and participants will:

  • Explore the benefits of building networking into their workplace
  • Identify their personality type and apply networking strategies to complement their style
  • Acquire strategies for building relationships
  • Analyze their personal network and learn ways to strengthen those ties

This session is designed to promote people and team development.

Interested employees should register on eTRAIN using course code #OB0015 (oh, bee, zero, zero, one, five). 

Other professional development opportunities available:

  • Go With Your Gut: Leveraging the Power of Intuition: Offered by HISD’s OODD on Thursday, May 22, at the HMWESC from 9:00 a.m. until noon, this workshop will explore the five workplace intuition styles and provide tips on how balance intuition with reasoning to make better decisions, identify solutions to problems, and increase employees’ value to an organization. Select course code #OB0014 in eTRAIN.
  • PowerPlay: Fitness and Learning in the Classroom: Offered by the Children’s Museum of Houston to teachers of grades 3–5 on Saturday, May 17, this workshop will explore creative ways to combine health and fitness with everyday core subjects to get students moving. Details are here.
  • Summer Energy Field Trips: Offered by the Houston Museum of Natural Science to secondary science teachers starting June 16, these three-day workshops will let educators explore the topics of power plants, drilling, and technology. Details are in this related flyer (.pdf).


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