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NEW Professional Development Series

Classes meet in person every other Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Middletown Campus.
Light refreshments provided.

Contact us to learn more: 540-868-7021 | [email protected]

Working in a post-Covid world, employees and employers are faced with new challenges in the workplace. How can we promote an environment of wellness and at the same time concentrate on individual and organizational needs? Building emotional intelligence, resilience, a balance of priorities, respect and positive relationships in the workplace can lead to a less stressful work environment and relieve anxiety in our professional lives. Invest in Workplace Wellness through professional growth and development with our Laurel Ridge Community College Workforce Solutions Corporate Training office.

The Golden Rule and Respect

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A recent study of more than 17,000 employees from more than 80 countries revealed that respect for colleagues is key in creating a positive work atmosphere. We all want to feel respected. A respectful work environment motivates us to do our best work, encourages us to support others, and not only produces positive results for the organization, but also allows its employees to have job satisfaction.


  • Examine the behaviors that contribute to a respectful workplace at the individual and organizational level.
  • Recognize the importance of building an organizational culture that fosters respect.
  • Implement strategies to maintain a respectful work environment when faced with stress, uncertainty, and change.
  • Maintain and rebuild respect after there has been an offense.

February 9, 2024, Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Middletown Campus

Developing Positive Relationships in the Workplace

This course will teach participants how to develop relationships with co-workers that are supportive, constructive, encouraging, and free from negative drama or conflict. As a result, employees will create a more harmonious office space, be able to work through disagreements, find more team solidarity, and ultimately have more job satisfaction. 


  • Base every working relationship on a common purpose.
  • Demonstrate actions that build trust and avoid those that erode trust.
  • Model the positive relationship behaviors you seek in others.
  • Manage, not manipulate, relationships.
  • Implement strategies to improve or survive relationships.
  • Set boundaries and stand your ground.

February 23, 2024, Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Middletown Campus


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The average worker encounters many stressors during the day – due dates, meetings, disagreements, difficult clients, and a never-ending flow of assignments. Reports show that 80% of workers feel job stress, and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. In addition, the same study reported that workplace stress caused health difficulties for 65% of respondents, with 10 percent having major effects.

The key to handling stress is not to avoid it but to find methods to work with it. This course will give you tools for identifying workplace stressors and coping strategies, handle daily upsets, improve your relationships with coworkers and clients, identify energy drain and energy gains, and find greater happiness and satisfaction in your day-to-day work life.   


  • Develop mental agility.
  • Develop In-the-moment coping strategies.
  • Identifying and overcoming resistance.
  • Employee strategies to overcome negative internal self-talk.
  • Develop strategies for burnout repair.

March 8, 2024, Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Middletown Campus

Balancing Priorities

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In our increasingly competitive world, we all need to be more productive than ever. Not only must we do our jobs in less time and with fewer resources, but we also often work for more than one boss and on more than one team. This course will enable you to properly prioritize your obligations, allowing you to improve performance and productivity. As a result, you’ll also achieve a better work/life balance, minimize the stress related to managing your tasks efficiently, and, ultimately, improve working relationships.


  • Understand why it is important to manage your priorities.
  • Describe obstacles to managing your priorities.
  • Prioritize your tasks, activities, and responsibilities.
  • Employ strategies for making the best use of your time.
  • Describe ways to use technology to stay on track.

March 22, 2024, Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Middletown Campus

Managing Your Emotions in the Workplace


Emotional intelligence is the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.


  • Avoid Emotional Hijacking
  • Improve your interactions with others by tuning into their thoughts, feelings, and needs.
  • Analyze your thinking to determine if your negative feelings are working for you or against you.
  • Recognize that thoughts drive emotions.
  • Catch your thoughts and feelings before you act on them and decide if they are reasonable.

April 5, 2024, Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Middletown Campus

Classes meet in person every other Friday from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Middletown Campus.

Register five seats in all classes for just $795
OR $195 per individual class!

Contact us to learn more: 540-868-7021 | [email protected]