IEC’s seminars are not simply training but are fundamentally educational. The goal of every seminar is for the participants to learn new information and new approaches to problems and situations that arise in the work environment. Seminar topics include the following:
• Talk to the Hand: Leading People in a World of Diversity – Using the hand as a metaphor, this program teaches leadership principles as part of required harassment and discrimination training. In this very interactive program, the attendees receive the required training about harassment and discrimination law and they also learn how harassment and discrimination concerns arise, how such concerns affect the individual and the organization and how to be a leader in the organization to not only prevent such concerns but also to improve the functioning of individuals and the organization. This program has been very well received as it meets the requirements for harassment training but in a much more thoughtful and thought-provoking way.
• Talk to the Hand: Leading People in a Changing World – With the same metaphor and using examples, hypotheticals and role play, we discuss 10 key principles of leadership with a focus on managing change.
• Life Cycle of Employment: From Hiring to (we hope not) Discharge – This seminar is for supervisors and managers. It begins with a discussion of management and leadership styles. We then discuss the employee’s reactions and perceptions as management expects change. The seminar proceeds to address the reasons for each element of the employment process (e.g., why are background checks done? Why evaluate performance?) and the legal issues that can arise in the employment cycle—from hiring through discharge.
• Americans with Disabilities Act – This seminar reviews the obligations under federal law and addresses recent court decisions interpreting the ADA.
• Drug and Alcohol Testing – This seminar empowers supervisors and managers to enforce the company’s drug and alcohol policy and, in particular, the reasonable suspicion provisions of the policy. Role-playing is used in this program to give the supervisors and managers an opportunity to use what they have learned.
• Department of Transportation Required Education – This seminar was developed to comply with Department of Transportation requirements to provide one hour of training regarding alcohol use and one hour of training regarding controlled substances to all supervisors and managers responsible for employees covered by the drug and alcohol testing requirements of the Department of Transportation.
• Workplace Violence – This seminar addresses not only the mechanics of handling a threat of violence in the work environment but also addresses the underlying conflicts and ways to minimize anger and violence in the workplace.
• Human Resources “Hot Spots” – This seminar deals with recent Human Resources developments and recurring complex problems. This seminar is tailored to the particular “hot spots” that an employer is facing at the time.
• Workplace Investigations – This seminar lays out the legal requirements for workplace investigations discussing EEOC guidance, and key cases including Faragher and Ellerth. The program details the mechanics of an investigation with role-playing to reinforce the education.