Academy for Supervisors: AFSU
To complete the Academy for Supervisors training track you must:
- Enroll in TrainAlaska for the Academy for Supervisors PREREQ (AFSU) Modules course.
- Go to this website for more information on completing the online modules. Locate and complete each AFSU module and follow the instructions on that page.
- Enroll in TrainAlaska for the Academy for Supervisor (AFSU) course. This is a three (3) day instructor led class room component. You can and should enroll in this at the same time you enroll in the modules. You do need to complete the modules before you attend the classroom course.
- Attend the classroom component of the course.
Note: It is possible to get credit for just the online modules. This does not mean you will have completed the AFSU training track, but recognizes that you completed aspects of AFSU, via the modules. This is a good option for those that cannot get to training venues for the classroom portion.
This three-day course is designed for newly-appointed supervisors and more experienced supervisors when their knowledge and skill development needs can be met by AFSU course learning objectives. In the modules, supervisors will learn the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for the lawful, ethical, and effective supervision of State of Alaska employees. In the classroom students will put that knowledge in to practice and build on the information learned in the modules.
Additional Information: The Academy incorporates content from a number of Division of Personnel & Labor Relations´ (DOP&LR) classes into one course. The information is integrated with Academy content and is specifically presented to draw connections between the various subjects in the context of effective leadership and managerial principles. In addition, the Academy provides a three-day forum for supervisors to network with peers and develop partnerships both inside and outside their departments that enhances state services.
If you are unable to attend the Academy, some of the knowledge and skills taught in AFSU are offered in the following one-day DOP&LR courses:
- A Respectful Workplace (half-day course)
- Interpersonal Skills Fundamentals Workshop
- Performance Management
- The Disciplinary Process
- Workplace Alaska for Hiring Managers (A Self-Learning Course)
Course Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course participants will:
- have knowledge of your role and responsibilities as an agent of the State of Alaska as an employer organization.
- have an understanding of and be able to develop strategies for dealing with the challenges and expectations associated with your transition from individual contributor to your responsibility to get work done through others.
- be able to articulate how your attitudes and behaviors drive employee and constituent perceptions of the State of Alaska.
- examine the legal and ethical requirements and responsibilities associated with your job and upon completion of application exercises, demonstrate knowledge of federal and state statutes, collective bargaining agreements, personnel rules, standard operating procedures, and other mandated guidelines that apply across all operating departments of the State of Alaska Executive Branch.
- demonstrate personal commitment to your organization's culture of integrity.
- recognize, reinforce and model ethical and compliant behavior.
- use the L.E.A.D.™ Model to respond appropriately to "integrity moments."
- have knowledge of how your actions can result in significant personal and organizational liabilities.
- have knowledge of the concepts and behaviors associated with the skill of Assertive Communication.
- have knowledge of how and why the victim attitude blocks empowered communication and precludes interpersonal effectiveness.
- have knowledge of the characteristics of an Empowered Attitude and how an Empowered Attitude influences choosing Assertive Communication Skills.
- have knowledge of the five key competencies of Emotional Intelligence and the attitudinal and behavioral characteristics of an emotionally intelligent supervisor.
- have knowledge of the Four Fs (Be First, Fair, Firm & Flexible) of leadership.
- learn the skill of One Minute Goal Setting®.
- learn the skill of One Minute Praisings®.
- learn the skill of One Minute Reprimands®.
- have knowledge of the State of Alaska Performance Management Model.
- have knowledge of legally defensible interviewing and hiring practices and procedures.
- have knowledge of the State of Alaska’s online recruitment system, Workplace Alaska and have authorization to request a Workplace Alaska Hiring Manager User ID and Password.
- have knowledge of the basic recruitment and hiring concepts and practices associated with screening, interviewing, and selection.
- be able to identify and describe the tasks associated with each of the four phases of the Coaching Process.
- have knowledge of the policies and procedures for writing an employee performance appraisal.
- be able to articulate the purpose and process of progressive discipline as an element of performance management.
- have knowledge of how to avoid the nine most common “legal landmines” associated with discipline in employer organizations.
- have knowledge of the role of the Union Representative in disciplinary actions.
- have knowledge of State of Alaska employee performance documentation and practices.
- learn the difference between assigning tasks and delegating tasks.
- obtain tools to plan for continuous improvement of your supervisory skills.
- commit to meeting with your manager to discuss your experience in the Academy For Supervisors and establish a supervisory skills coaching relationship.