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Supervisor Bootcamp: Management Skills Basics

Friday, September 18, 2020
10:00 am - 12:15 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bios

Agencies serving individuals with ID/A remain faced with significant challenges in recruiting and retaining a new generation of Staff. National turnover rates range from 40% to 70% making service continuity and quality difficult at best. Add the ongoing pandemic and we face a crisis of service. A major variable in staff retention is the quality of your frontline supervisors. Do they have the basic skills to help minimize turnover or have they been “thrown” into their positions with little training?

In this dynamic and humorous training from The Impact Group, staff will learn:

  • Blocking and tackling – the BASICS of supervision.
  • Characteristics of positive supervision.
  • How to use the MAGIC WORD! No, it is not “please.”
  • How to handle conflicts and behavioral correction.
  • 30 supervision “No, no’s!
  • How to be “SIC” but not “ILL”.
  • How to communicate and create a positive work environment

How to Keep it Together During a Pandemic

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Have you had it with this COVID stuff? Are you and your team burned out?

Are you tired of struggling to keep up with all the changes?
This pandemic has upended our lives and taken a toll on our emotions. It’s hard enough to manage as citizens, but when you add keeping individuals and staff safe, healthy, and happy, it can get overwhelming fast!
In this session agency leaders will learn how to:
  • Identify, cure, and even prevent burnout. 
  • Navigate these constantly changing waters and how to help your staff and individuals to do the same.
  • Shift the focus to what can actually be controlled…and then control it.
  • Capitalize on the good that is happening…and add to that good and improve everyone’s mental health at the same time.


Create an Internal Compliance System 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

You know the rules, and your team is trained on the expectations; but your organization still struggles with compliance. There are too many panic moments, too much chaos, and internal and external audits reveal errors. How can this be? The problem is that you don’t have an effective internal quality assurance (QA) system. With an effective internal QA system, CEOs, COOs, program directors, and others in the field will:
  • Catch errors quickly...before they become big problems.
  • Quickly return to your QA system after an emergency or crisis (Never get permanently derailed again).
  • Use a straightforward system of checks and balances to maintain compliance and catch errors, instead of just relying on 1 or 2 key personnel.
  • Practically eliminate the new staff learning curve that inherently creates risk for your agency.
  • Meet the compliance requirement of having an internal compliance system.

In this training participants will map out a high-level compliance blueprint that can easily be adapted for each agency’s unique needs.


How to Create A Year's Worth of Meaningful Activities Based on Just a Few Interests

Thursday, August 20, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Is everybody a little bored? Does it seem like the individuals you serve end up doing the same activities week in and week out? Is it a struggle to come up with new ideas to keep life fresh and interesting for the individuals you serve and keep your DSPs busy and creative? It’s not easy to come up with new ideas day in and day out, but with a little know-how it is possible to leverage an individual’s likes and hobbies to create a robust list of things to do. In this hands-on session by Sara Sherman, supervisors, managers, and others in the field will learn how to:

  • Turn just a few interests of the individuals you support into a full calendar year of meaningful activities. Use an individual’s interests to naturally connect to the community.
  • Empower DSPs to take the reigns in planning, organizing, and implementing these activities.
  • End “same old, same old” forever.


Workplace Stability Training 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
8:30 am - 3:30 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Is your organization struggling with staff turnover? Don't miss this workshop that will provide you with the knowledge and tools for employee retention and performance in an economically diverse workforce. Executives, managers, supervisors, and human resources personnel will gain the tools to improve employee retention and reduce employee turnover while accessing the hidden talent in their organization. Aha!
Participants in the Workplace Stability Professional Development Training will explore a breakdown of the cost of employee attrition—as high as $11,000 per lost employee for some businesses—before moving on to best practices that boost employee retention. From improved recruiting and onboarding processes to promoting valuable employees from within, Workplace Stability covers every stage of the employee life cycle.