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Majority of Ohio University employees agree professional development seminar was beneficial


An overwhelming majority of Ohio University classified and administrative employees who attended a professional development seminar in Baker University Center Ballroom late last month said the information was positive and beneficial for their work environment.

“Survey results indicate that employees were overwhelmingly positive about the content and the facilitation of these sessions,” said Chief Human Resource Officer Colleen Bendl. “The presenter was engaging and the content appeared to resonate with everyone in attendance.”

Two hundred nineteen administrative and classified employees participated in a seminar led by Tracy Kitts, owner of Tracy Kitts Consulting, while an additional 65 participated online via a live stream. Of those who participated, 152 responded to a survey asking their opinion about the presentation.

Ninety-eight percent of the 152 responses rated the seminar as excellent, very good or good. Of those who participated in the seminar, 44 percent work in an administrative role and 56 percent are classified employees.

“I was happily overwhelmed with the registration response because we did not know what to expect,” said Misti Smith, development coordinator in the Office of the Dean in the Russ College of Engineering & Technology. “Many thanks to everyone who helped achieve a very successful seminar.”

Those at the seminar learned why a common purpose, shared core values and practicing good communication are important in creating an ideal workplace. Teamwork goals and creating a positive work culture with well-intended core values which are shared in a fun, supportive, trusting and challenging way also were discussed.

"We all want to be respected for the work that we do, but sometimes forget that the only way to get respect is to appreciate and respect others,” Kitts said. “It was great fun discussing this topic with such an engaged group.”

Kitts formerly oversaw the internal operations and finances of a 2,300-plus member organization of business incubator managers, developers and other economic development professionals across 60 nations.

“I found the presenter both interesting and entertaining. His use of personal experiences helped make his point,” noted Floyd J. Doney, academic advisor in The Patton College of Education.

The seminar was organized by the Classified and Administrative Senates, with support from the offices of the President, the Executive Vice President and Provost, and the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

To view the Professional Development Seminar courtesy of WOUB Public Media, click here.