Did You Miss the September Supervisor Summit? Read the Recap

Thursday, October 21, 2021

By Jaclyn Taylor, Coordinator, Employee Development

More than 100 supervisors gathered together on Friday, September 17, 2021, to go over timely updates and connect on the challenges and opportunities we are facing in this unique time.

During the timely updates, supervisors learned about upcoming development opportunities, including the Fall Supervisor Series and the fall development schedule, as well as formal recognition opportunities and pay raise and minimum wage increase plan details.

Natasha McIlMurray, coordinator, organizational design and development, and Jaclyn Taylor, coordinator, employee development, shared the prototype of the newest individual development opportunity available for all employees: MyDevelopment Plan.

Keynote presenter Samuel Dunham, interim director, employee development, shared some reminders on how to be the best supervisors we can be while overcoming burnout and compassion fatigue:

  1. Reflect and focus on your own development – We cannot develop others if we are not developing ourselves.
  2. Look outside of yourself, check on your people – Burnout and compassion fatigue are inwardly focused while engaging employees has an external focus (an eye toward others). The trap in burnout and compassion fatigue is getting out of the cycle, where all you can see is yourself, so one way you can combat that is to choose to intentionally engage with your people.
  3. Focus on what matters and work on what makes a difference  Establish short-term service goals and celebrate all of your team’s accomplishments.

During this time, we also invited supervisors to share their ideas for combatting burnout and compassion fatigue. Take a look at these Supervisor Shared Resources for ideas on books, podcasts, hobbies and songs that your colleagues are using to combat burnout and compassion fatigue.

The next Supervisor Summit will take place on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 9 a.m. Check your email soon for an Outlook Calendar appointment with more information. If you don’t receive the invitation, email Employee Development at orgdevelopment@valenciacollege.edu.

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