'Lunch and Learn' series launched in Liverpool

SUNY Oswego, the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and the Liverpool Public Library have partnered to offer a “Brown Bag Lunch and Learn” professional development program free for employees of local businesses and members of the Liverpool chamber.

“Professional development for employees not only increases an organization’s ability to stay competitive, but decreases employee turnover,” said Paula Behm, professional development specialist at SUNY Oswego’s Institute for Professional and Organizational Development in Phoenix.

“Statistics show that employees who are provided learning opportunities speak highly of their employer, become more self-confident, increase their productivity, provide outstanding customer service and are more satisfied in their jobs.”

The kickoff program will be a four-part series based on the books by Richard Carlson, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work,” facilitated by Behm. “The program will introduce ways to minimize stress and conflict at work while bringing out the best in oneself and others,” she said.

The kickoff series will take place in the Carman Meeting Room of the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., from noon to 1 p.m. on four Thursdays: Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and 23, and March 9.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch. The Liverpool chamber will provide a beverage and dessert.

Registration is required by calling the Liverpool chamber at 457-3895 or e-mailing mary@liverpoolchamber.com. Seating is limited to the first 25 reservations.

The SUNY Oswego Institute for Professional and Organizational Development is dedicated to partnering with business, government and non-profit organizations to develop and deliver customized employee training based on current and future business needs. Its mission, “Your Success Is Our Business,” focuses on bottom-line results.

For more information about the institute, call 312-6430, e-mail phoenix@oswego.edu or visit the Web site at www.oswego.edu/institute.

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(Posted: Jan 12, 2006)