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Building A Thriving Org Culture

November 14, 2020
8:30 AM CST to 12:30 PM CST
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Building a Thriving Organizational Culture: Tapping into the Power of Employee Dissent

In these turbulent, unpredictable times employees have higher expectations than ever for team leads and managers to recognize and effectively respond to their concerns related to everyday operational concerns, customer needs and personal concerns related to both workplace dynamics and work-life integration issues.

Yet due to the intense pressures we are all balancing right now, it can be particularly easy to dismiss employee concerns as less important than immediate “business needs.” However, failing to understand the implications of missing an opportunity to respectfully engage with employee dissent can lead to employee disengagement and broader, longer-term organizational culture damage.

Of course, it can also be difficult to admit that we don’t quite yet know how to best respond to employee dissent or how to recognize it as a valuable form of employee feedback. So, in this session we’ll create a space to have this conversation – defining employee dissent and what contributes to it, and how to effectively and confidently engage in conversations that get to the source of issues of concern.

Most importantly, we’ll discuss how to leverage employee dissent as a valuable form of employee feedback for the good of your team, your organization, and your own professional development as a leader – regardless of your job title.

Presenter Name: Dr. Angie Pastorek

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Presenter Intro: Angie Pastorek, Ph.D., is the program director for the four-course organizational communication graduate certificate and 10-course master’s degree programs at the KU School of Professional Studies at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS. Her teaching and research interests center around organizational culture and communication practices, membership negotiation, workplace power dynamics, and organizational change.

She teaches a variety of graduate-level courses for organizational communication for working professionals, covering topics such as change management, workplace socialization, organizational culture, workplace inclusion & equity, professional writing, and speaking skills.

Prior to joining the KU faculty in 2015, Angie worked for more than 10 years developing and delivering training programs and communication resources for global companies including Siemens Healthcare and Deloitte.

Takeaways: Research-based professional workshop on employee dissent; PDF copy of PPT slides for participants.

Who should attend:  Content will be most helpful for current or aspiring supervisors, managers, and leaders – but all are welcome to participate in this vital workplace culture conversation.

Course Objectives:

You'll learn to:

  • Define employee dissent and the workplace factors that trigger employees to express dissent
  • Identify different forms of employee dissent
  • Discuss why employee dissent can make supervisors, managers, and leaders uncomfortable
  • Explore the relationship between employee dissent and employee (dis-)engagement
  • Identify how to recognize and reframe how you and your workplace view – and engage with - employee dissent
  • Learn conversational strategies to help you and managerial/leadership peers gain confidence in engaging in authentic conversations in response to employee
  • Practice identifying dissent dynamics and responding in a way that builds individual leadership skills and organizational-level capability to respond affirmatively to employee dissent.



$99.00 Member Ticket
$75.00 Earlybird rate before November 11

$115.00 Non-Member
$95.00 Earlybird rate before November 11