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Kent State University at Stark
6000 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton OH 44720

Phone: 330-244-3512
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Special Topics & Webinars

Special Topic: Supervisory Bootcamp- Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Do your first-time and front-line supervisors have the skills and training they need to be successful in their new roles?

Moving from Peer to Supervisor: Are we still friends?

Moving into a supervisory position can be an exciting and nerve-wracking step. Will my relationships change? What does a supervisor really do? What are my priorities now? These questions and more are addressed in this session. The benefits of attending this session include:

  • Learning about the four basic management functions
  • Clarification of your new role and the new responsibilities and accountabilities
  • Identifying the actions you should take within the first few weeks of being a supervisor and creating a plan for completing them


Employment Law for New Supervisors

In addition to learning new ways of interacting with co-workers, new supervisors also need to know basic Federal and State Laws to help protect the employer from litigation. Participants will learn how these laws impact their daily activities:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act


Special Topic: Lean for Frontline Supervisors- Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The overall success of a Lean transformation depends on leadership, especially frontline supervision.  Supervisors are the critical links between management and the people in the workplace.  They are in a key position to lead and create motivation.  And, most importantly, the supervisors are expected to change the current culture into a culture of continuous improvement.
However, despite these management expectations, most organizations give supervisors limited attention.  Supervisors often manage more people than anyone in the company.  Yet receive the least amount of training.  And, it’s not enough to just include supervisors in training.  The Lean training has to be designed specifically for the supervisors.
This one-day workshop focuses on the fundamental challenges the supervisors face in leading a Lean culture change including:

  • Business Case for Lean (What’s-in-it-for-me?)
  • Supervisor (gemba) waste walks and participation in Kaizen Events
  • Quick look at the Lean Toolbox (including 5S, value stream map, standardized work)
  • How to lead team-based problem solving (PDCA)
  • Employee engagement ideas to sustain process improvements
  • Supervisor engagement ideas to help build a culture of continuous improvement

Special Topics Registration

Mona Zink will assist you with your registration. Call 330-244-3508 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Special Topics are held on a demand basis and may be canceled due to low enrollment.


Previously Recorded Webinar Links

Dealing with Difficult Behaviors

Federal Employment Law