Human Capital

No Cost Video Based Trainings in DOI Talent

Updated 6/15/2020

Below are no cost DOI Talent video based courses that are available for all USGS employees and do not require supervisor approval.

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Available Training

Understanding Unconscious Bias
Overcoming Your Own Unconscious Biases
Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
Outwitting Your Cognitive Bias
Leading in the Post-Pandemic Workplace
Navigating the Post-Pandemic Workplace
Safety Short: Coronaviruses and COVID-19
COVID-19 Safety and Health Awareness Training
Establishing Effective Virtual Teams
Facing Virtual Team Challenges
Contributing as a Virtual Team Member
Telework for Government Employees

 

Understanding Unconscious Bias

Course Number: ​apd_14_a01_bs_enus

Target Audience: Team leaders, supervisors, and managers; anyone who wants to learn how to address unconscious biases in the workplace.

Expected Duration (hours): 0.4

Overview/Description: No matter who you are, you are prey to unconscious biases. To be part of a complex, diverse team you must take steps to overcome implicit and explicit biases and reject social stereotypes. Understanding you own bias, whether conscious or unconscious, is the key. In this course you'll learn about the characteristics of unconscious bias and the nature of buried prejudice. You'll discover how they can inadvertently affect your thinking and decision-making. And you'll learn about the positive things that can happen when you take an anti-biased approach to people and situations in the workplace.

Lesson Objectives:

  • recognize key characteristics of unconscious bias
  • match assumption-based unconscious biases to their descriptions
  • categorize examples of confirmation-based unconscious biases
  • distinguish between unconscious biases related to fixation
  • recognize how addressing unconscious bias can benefit the workplace
  • recognize unconscious biases in the workplace

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Overcoming Your Own Unconscious Biases

Course Number: ​apd_14_a02_bs_enus  

Target Audience: Team leaders, supervisors, and managers; anyone who wants to learn how to address unconscious biases in the workplace

Expected Duration (hours): 0.4

Overview/Description: Each of us is a member of a society that is often partitioned into groups and tribes. While this is common to most societies, it can have harmful effects in the workplace, interfering with productivity and organizational success. We all hold biases, whether conscious or unconscious. Part of understanding the role of unconscious bias in the workplace is admitting to yourself that you, too, hold biases. Once accepted, you can take an anti-bias approach to overcoming unconscious prejudice. In this course, you'll learn how to recognize your own unconscious and implicit bias and how they can fall prey to social stereotypes.

Lesson Objectives:

  • identify how to recognize your unconscious biases
  • identify tactics for observing your own unconscious biases
  • recognize how to overcome unconscious bias by forming relationships with others
  • identify guidelines for avoiding unconscious bias when making decisions
  • identify the tactics for combating bias revival
  • recognize the process for overcoming your unconscious biases

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Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Course Number: ​apd_14_a03_bs_enus

Target Audience: Team leaders, supervisors, and managers; anyone who wants to learn how to address unconscious biases in the workplace.

Expected Duration (hours): 0.4

Overview/Description: Ensuring a diverse, welcoming, and productive organization means overcoming biases. No matter who you are, you are prey to unconscious biases. To be part of a complex, diverse workplace, you must take steps to overcome them. In this course, you'll learn to recognize how superficial differences can contribute to bias and lead to prejudice and social stereotypes. You'll learn specific tactics for combatting unconscious bias and adopting an anti-bias approach. You'll also learn how to be an inclusive leader by using these tactics to overcome explicit and implicit bias across the organization and in the hiring process.

Lesson Objectives:

  • identify the types of differences that can contribute to unconscious bias in an organization
  • recognize subtle signs of unconscious bias in an organization
  • recognize examples of micro-affirmations in the workplace
  • recognize how to lead an organization to overcome unconscious bias
  • identify strategies for overcoming unconscious bias in the hiring process
  • recognize systems that can be put in place to combat organizational bias
  • recognize tactics for overcoming organizational biases

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Outwitting Your Cognitive Bias

Course Number: bs_apd28_a01_enus

Target Audience: Everyone

Expected Duration (hours): 0.3

Overview/Description: In order to make the best business decisions, you need to confront – and overcome – your cognitive biases. In this course, you will learn techniques for identifying cognitive bias, as well as strategies for overcoming specific biases.

Lesson Objectives:

  • discover the subject areas that will be covered in this course
  • identify the causes of cognitive bias
  • recognize the characteristics of three types of cognitive bias
  • identify strategies for avoiding prediction bias
  • recognize the strategies for avoiding decision bias
  • identify the strategies for avoiding action bias
  • Knowledge Check: Understanding Cognitive Bias

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Leading in the Post-Pandemic Workplace

Course ID: bs_ppd01_a01_enus

Target Audience: Team leaders, supervisors, and managers; anyone who wants to learn how to address unconscious biases in the workplace.

Expected Duration (hours): 0.4

Overview/Description: From the MIT Sloan Business School.  This short video course provides a number of excellent ideas on leading your teams through the transition back into the "new normal." With a focus on re-engaging staff,  considering new team ground rules, re-designing work spaces for safety or even continuing with maximum telework, this course provides a logical and well thought out process that all USGS offices will need to consider in the weeks ahead.

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Navigating the Post-Pandemic Workplace

Course ID: bs_ppd01_a02_enus

Target Audience: Everyone

Expected Duration (hours): 0.3

Overview/Description: It’s safe to say that the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every human life on the planet. It has brought with it significant changes to the ways we live and work; turning terms like social distancing and quarantine into household words.  In the aftermath of the worst of it; the world is struggling to create an evolving new normal. What that will look like for businesses and employees as we unplug from working remotely and return to work? How will we reconnect with our coworkers and reestablish working routines? How can we help create a safe working environment by following new procedures? This course focuses on how employees can foster their flexibility and resiliency in the post-pandemic workplace. Materials in this course are based upon content provided in partnership with MIT Sloan Management Review."

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Safety Short: Coronaviruses and COVID-19

Course ID: ehs_hsf_e77_sh_enus

Target Audience: Everyone

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Overview/Description: Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that commonly occur in humans and animals. Most coronaviruses cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses similar to the common cold and flu; and sometimes lower-respiratory tract illnesses; such as pneumonia or bronchitis. Most people will experience a type of common human coronavirus in their lifetime. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a novel coronavirus caused by the human body's reaction to the strain of the virus known as SARS-CoV-2. In these topics; you'll learn what COVID-19 is; who is at the highest risk of contracting it; how it's transmitted; signs and symptoms; and precautions you should take to prevent and treat it.

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COVID-19 Safety and Health Awareness Training

No Course ID and not a video based training

Target Audience: Everyone

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

This is a general awareness COVID-19 training course for DOI employees who are returning to the workplace. This is not sufficient training for personnel who have the potential for increased occupational exposure to the COVID-19 virus, such as medical personnel, emergency response personnel and law enforcement. These individuals must have additional site specific in-person training for respirators and/or other protective equipment.

The COVID-19 awareness presentation below was produced by the National Institutes of Environmental Health and was revised with their permission.

Summary and Objectives: After reviewing this information participants will be able to:

  • Identify resources to stay aware of DOI COVID-19 information.
  • Explain basic facts about COVID-19.
  • Assess the risk of workplace exposure to COVID-19.
  • Define key steps in worker protection.
  • Identify methods to prevent COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.

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Establishing Effective Virtual Teams

Course ID: ald_06_a01_bs_enus

Target Audience: Managers who are leading teams made up of offsite employees or a combination of onsite and offsite employees

Expected Duration (hours): 0.5

Overview/Description: Building and managing teams is enough of a challenge when everyone is in the same location. Collaboration when working on a team that's virtual requires even more commitment. In this course, you'll learn about teamwork and team leadership when working on a virtual team. You'll cover remote management and tactics for communication, assessment, and meetings for virtual teams.

Lesson Objectives:

  • Describe the main areas of concern for a remote manager
  • Recall guidelines for establishing relationships with team members
  • List communication areas in which virtual managers need to establish team standards
  • Categorize communication tools as synchronous or asynchronous
  • Recall strategies for supporting and encouraging virtual team members
  • Recognize guidelines for managing performance among virtual team members
  • Recall guidelines for managing remote team meetings
  • Recognize strategies for establishing and managing a virtual team that can work effectively together

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Facing Virtual Team Challenges

Course ID: ald_06_a02_bs_enus

Target Audience: Managers who are leading teams made up of offsite employees or a combination of onsite and offsite employees

Expected Duration (hours): 0.4

Overview/Description: Virtual teams can face the same difficulties as other teams, but also have unique challenges. In this course, you'll learn how to handle challenges facing your team, and how to evaluate your own style.

Lesson Objectives:

  • Recall tactics for ensuring equal management of onsite and offsite team members
  • List tactics for managing teamwork spread across multiple time zones
  • Identify strategies for ensuring respectful treatment of all members of a diverse team
  • Name approaches for avoiding and handling conflict among remote team members
  • Apply strategies for overcoming communication difficulties faced by a geographically diverse team
  • Recognize the importance of reflecting on your management approach
  • Recognize strategies for working around typical challenges facing remote or blended teams

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Contributing as a Virtual Team Member

Course ID: bs_atm04_a01_enus

Expected Duration (hours): 0.3

Overview/Description: Companies often opt to create virtual teams in place of on-site teams. This allows employees to work from home or remote locations. However, if not managed appropriately, remote working may cause breakdowns in communication, collaboration, and teamwork. In this course, you'll learn how to develop the skills you need to show team leadership and be an effective member of a virtual team. You’ll explore personal traits that are useful when working on a team remotely. You’ll also learn strategies to stay connected with other team members, and ways to manage your time and overcome the challenges associated with managing teams remotely.

Lesson Objectives:

  • There is no objective for the Course Overview
  • Identify the traits that a good virtual team member should possess
  • Identify ways of staying connected and communicating successfully with your team
  • Identify some of the challenges associated with working remotely
  • Identify some of the challenges and considerations associated with managing your time as a     virtual team member
  • Knowledge Check: Contributing as a Virtual Team Member

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Telework for Government Employees

Course ID: fgov_01_a67_lc_enus

Target Audience: Any employee of a US federal government agency who currently teleworks

Expected Duration (hours): 0.7

Overview/Description: This course provides telework guidelines for federal employees. It explains how to determine whether telework is a viable option for you, and how to prepare for a successful teleworking experience. This course also provides instruction on the best practices for teleworking, and how to manage the challenges associated with telework. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.

Lesson Objectives:

  • Recognize the considerations an employee should take when considering telework
  • Recognize what you need to do to prepare for a successful telework experience
  • Identify if telework is right for you and how to prepare for a successful experience
  • Identify best practices for managing expectations and communication
  • Identify best practices for managing your work when teleworking
  • Identify practices for safeguarding data when teleworking
  • Identify the challenges of teleworking
  • Identify the best practices and challenges of teleworking

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