Academy for Supervisors: AFSU
This five-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. Supervisors will learn the basic knowledge and skills necessary for the lawful, ethical, and effective supervision of State of Alaska employees.
Please note: Do not enroll in the Academy (aka AFSU) unless you can and will attend the entire five-day course. Prior to attending, overtime eligible employees must obtain approval of overtime for homework assignments--typically a total of approximately three hours for the five-day course.
Additional Information: The Academy incorporates content from a number of Division of Personnel & Labor Relations´ (DOP&LR) classes into one week-long 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 five-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 five-day 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.