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Monthly Manager Sessions

These monthly sessions are meant to provide information, support, and resources specific to the challenges and issues managers encounter. The sessions will be provided in a Teams Meeting format allowing for presentation, questions, and discussion. ESP would like to offer managers the opportunity to gain knowledge and information not only from the formal material presentation, but from the wisdom and experiences of fellow managers.

If you would like to attend one or more of the sessions, please send us an email at MCSC-ESP@michigan.gov. and we will send you the Teams Meeting invite.


As a part of Suicide Prevention Month, ESP will be offering Suicide Awareness and Prevention for Managers.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention for Managers

Employees spend a large portion of their day communicating with their co-workers and managers. As a result, managers may become aware of behaviors that could suggest risk for suicide, making the workplace an important location for prevention strategies.  This session equips managers with information about suicide risks and warning signs, as well as skills and resources for addressing potential concerns.

ESP offers this session on two separate dates. Please note that these are the same session, not a two different sessions in a series. 

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

There will be an attendance limit of 25 managers per session and due to the sensitive topic, the webinars will require cameras be on and participation in virtual break out rooms.


Creating a Positive Workplace Culture for Managers – Tuesday, September 20: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

During times of increased stress, we, along with employees, can experience tension and conflict that impacts interactions in the workplace. When our patience is weakened due to stress, we can be more easily frustrated and less productive. In addition, our communication style may not always be the most effective. This session focuses on increasing our understanding of how stress influences the workplace, recognizing how we can create and model a more positive workplace culture, and strategies to better our managerial communication skills.

Managing Workplace Stress for Supervisors – Tuesday, October 18: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Supervisors can encounter a variety of stressors in the workplace. The importance of recognizing and addressing the various stressors that exist, both at the employee and supervisory level, are key for a successful work area. Managing Workplace Stress assists supervisors in identifying workplace stress and how it can appear in the workplace, as well as provides strategies and techniques for managing stress in the workplace.

Managing Communication and Conflict for Supervisors - Tuesday, November 15: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Communication in the workplace has never been as challenging as it is today. With a blend of in-office, remote, and hybrid work schedules, constant change and the discussion of potentially divisive topics and issues, it is vital that we communicate kindly and productively. This webinar will help identify current communication hurdles and teach methods that can lead to more effective and positive workplace  communication.

Managing Through the Holidays – Tuesday, December 20:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The holiday time can be a fast paced and often changing time of year.  Learn how to identify holiday stress and triggers, at home and at work.  It can be beneficial for managers to increase understanding of potential impact of holiday stress on yourself, your staff, and your team.  Managers will explore tips and strategies to better manage holiday stress and the importance of self-care for leaders especially during hectic months.