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Awkward!

Tips on how to stay professional in the face of ridiculousness

THE OFFICIAL STORY: This course will review interpersonal communication techniques and tools for facilitating positive employee relations.

THE REAL WORLD TRANSLATION: We will review some fun ways to professionally and successfully handle the bizarre and awkward situations we face.

You know, like: Jen's perfume is bothering Carol. No one cares about Steve's six cats. Sue gets upset when John clears his throat so vigorously in meetings.

Us HR folk often become the mediators of unusual interpersonal issues. Though we may want to ignore them, doing so can allow the situation to blossom into a real problem. This course will dive into methods you can use to nip awkward situations in the bud. (And some techniques on how to keep a straight face.)

Specifically we will go through:

  • The how & why
  • Communication tools
  • Practical approaches
  • Systemic solutions
  • & Application scenarios.

It should be fun. Join me!


Your Instructor


Catherine B. Iste
Catherine B. Iste

Catherine fell into HR 20 years ago and hasn't looked back. Her specialties and interests include ethics, difficult HR and organizational dynamics issues, the pursuit of work/life balance, and discussing and writing about them all. She is a feature writer and HR columnist, with articles appearing regularly in national professional publications. In addition to running betterHR, Catherine currently speaks at interesting conferences, advises executives she likes and teaches business ethics for UCSD Extension. Catherine has earned her MBA, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP and is a licensed private investigator.


Frequently Asked Questions


Is this course pre-approved by HRCI?
This program has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward the PHR®, SPHR®, and GPHR® recertification by the HR Certification Institute.
Is this course pre-approved by SHRM?
betterHR® is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about the certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.
What happens after I click the enroll button?
You will be asked to provide your name and email so we can add you to the school roster. We will also send you a welcome email that explains all of the benefits of being a student, course discounts and special offers. Yay.

This course is not open for enrollment.