Share your skills during NAU’s 2019 Employee Development Day

March 13, 2019

Employee Development Day at Northern Arizona University is back, and organizers are looking forward to another successful year.

The annual event intends to remind employees that being a lifelong learner is essential in responding to many changes that create an impact, both in and outside of work. Workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 22, focusing on encouraging growth, development and inspiration on both the personal and professional level.

In 2018, more than 500 employees from campuses throughout the state came to Employee Development Day, choosing from more than 40 classes that ranged from personal to professional development. Classes offered are taught by NAU staff and faculty who volunteer to share their experiences in fun, interactive, 60-minute sessions.

This year’s newest volunteer employee could be you.

“The purpose of Employee Development Day is to acknowledge and celebrate those who make NAU successful: our employees,” said Cassie Petit, assistant director of learning and development. “The day is put on for our employees, by our employees, and the most critical part is those who choose to share their knowledge and facilitate a session. Every year we receive an overwhelming amount of positive feedback about the quality of the workshops and the variety of topics offered. Whether you want to teach a session on effective meetings or lead people through the best stretches for runners, we want you to be a part of our day.”

Past classes have included how to spot fake news, weightlifting and other exercise options (workout clothes required), Title IX, types of management, using personality profiles to build your best team and more. Some are taught by faculty members with expertise in the subject; others are taught by faculty or staff who have life experience they want to share. The deadline to submit proposals is April 3, and Petit encourages all employees to participate.

Employee Development Day will be held in the W.A. Franke College of Business and Rolle Activity Center, offering duplicate 60-minute sessions in the morning and afternoon. Once proposals are collected, a list of classes and other details will be provided closer to the event.

Any questions can be directed to Petit at (928) 523-9338 or