New Talent Development Classes – Relevant Training for Today’s Evolving Workforce

Here at Vermont Panurgy, we have witnessed firsthand as our clients and trainees have undergone radical transformations in their workplace, roles, expectations and procedures. Meetings are now primarily virtual, oversight of daily labor is greatly reduced, productivity measurements have had to adjust, performance reviews are more challenging, the list goes on. If you’ve had to re-envision your own job and the roles of your team, welcome to the club!

We understand that changes in the work environment require new tools to keep getting the job done. That’s why we are working hard to identify and prepare new Talent Development courses to help your employees and management stay confident, skilled and able to keep tackling their jobs. Here are some brief descriptions of just a few of some of our new classes, tailored specifically for the modern workplace.

Managing the Virtual Workplace

A survey undertaken by Owl Labs found that during COVID-19, nearly 70 percent of full-time workers in the United States were working from home. Of those surveyed, they indicated that after the pandemic ends, 92 percent expect to continue working from home at least one day per week, while 80 percent anticipate they will work from home at least three days a week. Make sure you’re on top of the virtual workplace trend with this one-day Managing the Virtual Workplace training course.

Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry, also known as AI, is a method for implementing change that is rooted in being positive, sharing stories of things that work well, and leveraging people’s strengths and the power of co-creation to initiate lasting, powerful changes that can make an organization the best it has ever been, because of people who care and are committed.

This comprehensive course focuses on appreciative inquiry using the 4-D model. Through a tangible approach, attendees will come away from the course ready to apply what they have learned back in their own workplaces.

Managing Difficult Conversations

Participants will learn the benefits of positive intent, active listening skills, and asking strategically relevant questions to get to the heart of any conflict or situation. Participants will study the processes of framing their conversations, selecting environments beneficial to their conversational goals, and creating safe environments when speaking. These tools will ultimately help learners get to the root of any problem.


“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

This proverb demonstrates the advantages of collaboration, which are essential in today’s business world. Collaboration involves people working together to produce a shared goal or result. Working collaboratively ensures greater success, or as the proverb says — going farther.

In order to be successful, organizations must learn what collaboration entails, what a collaborative environment looks like, gain an understanding of the advantages and obstacles, and how to develop strategies to improve a collaborative work environment.

Building Better Teams

Teams are the most important foundation on which successful organizations are built, and trainers who facilitate Building Better Teams as a one-day training course will help business leaders create effective, motivated, and productive teams. This courseware has been designed to impart to workplace leaders the value of working as a team.

These team builders will learn to: develop and enforce team norms and ground rules; generate and approach contracts; identify their own unique style and represent that in their team dynamic; leverage their knowledge to grow and lead effectively; build trust and develop the team’s maturity as a unit; and communicate with presence and impact.

Let us know if we can answer any questions or suggest other classes to help you or those who work with and for you to meet the needs of your evolving workplace.  Contact: Diane Stowell at or (802) 658-7788 ext. 224. 

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