HR Basics for Managers Series

This is a City Learning Point online training series

If you work in a Minnesota city or local government and you supervise others, Human Resources Basics for Managers is for you! You will learn the basics of human resources to help you navigate employment laws and effectively lead your staff. All the laws, examples, and exercises in this training apply specifically to Minnesota cities. We gathered extensive input from city directors, managers, and supervisors throughout the state representing a variety of city departments.

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Intended audience:

  • City or local government leaders and employees who manage or supervise others.
  • City employees or elected officials who have responsibilities in human resources.
  • Emerging leaders and supervisors.

Fee: $30 for League members or $60 for non-members per person for each course, with group discounts available (see more details at right).

Courses:

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Course HR101—Role of a Supervisor: Leading in Local Government

Supervisors in local government face unique challenges. This is true whether you were promoted from within, recently changed careers, or are well-established in your current role. This course will help you understand supervisory roles, styles, and responsibilities. You will also take time to reflect on your past experiences and plan action steps to become the best supervisor you can be. This course is also a great refresher for experienced managers. (This course is approved for one POST credit.)

Course objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the unique skills required of supervisors versus individual contributors.
  • Recognize the similarities and differences between supervisors in local government and the private sector.
  • Apply the seven distinct roles that supervisors play in the workplace.
  • Use knowledge of your preferred supervisory style to adapt to workplace situations.

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Course HR102—Driving Employee Performance: A Roadmap for Results

As a supervisor, you are in a unique position to help create a work environment where employees are enabled to perform to the best of their ability. This course will introduce you to the Performance Management Cycle, a tool to guide you through the process of setting expectations, coaching, documenting, and evaluating employee performance. You will practice skills to better manage your most valuable workplace assets . . . your employees! (This course is approved for one POST credit.)

Course objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the responsibilities of a supervisor in the performance management cycle, including setting expectations, observing and documenting performance, coaching, and evaluating performance.
  • Define, reinforce, and communicate expectations in multiple ways.
  • Document performance legally and effectively.
  • Apply a step-by-step approach to coaching for reinforcement or improvement.
  • Prepare and conduct performance evaluations effectively and legally.

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Course HR103—Select for Success: Effective Interviewing and Hiring

In order to be successful, supervisors must build effective teams. A big part of building a successful team involves choosing the right team members in the first place. This course will help you effectively gather information to improve your evaluation of candidates while avoiding legal pitfalls. (This course is approved for one POST credit.)

Course objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use a gap analysis to define position requirements.
  • Develop an interview selection process that meets the veteran’s preference requirements.
  • Develop legally defensible interview questions that gather information to effectively evaluate candidates.
  • Create legally defensible documentation of the selection process.
  • Systematically evaluate candidate information to make better hiring decisions.

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