Business and education is changing, but cutting-edge training offered through the Continuing Education division of the College of General Studies (UWM-CGS) at UWM at Washington County and UWM at Waukesha continues meeting the business community’s needs by remaining actively responsive to its needs and concerns.As many employees shift to remote work, how can managers know that their teams are performing to their full potential? How do managers monitor their work? These are all important questions that concern businesses. The new Optimizing Virtual Teams certificate can help your team be more effective. It is specifically designed to help experienced managers engage their remote teams and optimize their performance. The coursework teaches managers to embrace the disadvantages of virtual teams. With nothing to superficially unite people, virtual teams can form bonds with shared values. Mindless distractions are eliminated. Communications are now more deliberate because you can no longer just stop at someone’s desk or tap them on the shoulder.The certificate is offered through UWM at Washington County and UWM at Waukesha’s Continuing Education programs. As dean of UWM’s College of General Studies, Dr. Simon Bronner has a background in organizational development and leads UWM at Washington County and UWM at Waukesha.He is an enthusiastic advocate for outreach and assistance to businesses through Continuing Education’s programs and partnerships. “The Optimizing Virtual Teams certificate is an exciting and affordable way for a business to take its productivity to the next level,” Bronner says.“Their remote teams will be more engaged and operate with a higher productivity rate thanks to newly acquired skills of their leaders.”UWM’s Continuing Education is prepared for all your professional development needs. It can provide small or large corporate training sessions or register professionals for single courses. UWM Continuing Education has flexible learning platforms to accommodate those businesses that prefer online training. Others may require a face-to-face approach or a combination of online and in-person learning and the program offers those opportunities as wellThe program also offers mentors and professional coaches. If you are looking for employment, make sure you have the skills that employers want, including problem-solving, decision-making, communication, data analysis and computer software proficiency. UWM’s Continuing Education offers several courses and certificates to help employees gain these skills.UWM’s Developing Leader certificate program will be offered in Spring 2021 and provides the foundation needed for entry level positions. It is perfect for new leaders or people who want to become leaders. It covers the 4 Cs of successful employees: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. “This certificate has helped professionals move forward in their career and has also provided them with the confidence needed to make that move,” says Holly Wehrhahn, Continuing Education director. If you have been waiting to develop a new skill set, now is the time to act. It has never been easier with so many options available through UWM at Waukesha and UWM at Washington County’s Continuing Education departments.Businesses with six or more employees receive a group discount on classes. For more information, reach out to Wehrhahn directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-521-5460.