Human Resources Tools for Managers and Supervisors

July 30 - September 10, 2019

Presented by Joe Bontke, outreach and education coordinator for the Houston District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Do you need real world solutions to today’s human resources challenges? Do you want to improve your understanding of workplace issues and get applicable answers to tough questions?

This one-day workshop held at a location near you will discuss civility, avoiding top mistakes and unconscious bias, and provide attendees with information needed to conduct an internal investigation.

TAC RMP members can register at no cost but seating is limited to 45 attendees at each event. Lunch is included. Registration closes one week before each event.

County government managers, supervisors and human resources professionals are encouraged to attend this program.

These workshops are being presented by the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool (TAC RMP) and the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP).


Joe Bontke is outreach and education coordinator for the Houston District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Bontke has been in the field of human resources and civil rights for 30 years. He has a bachelor's in philosophy and a master’s in education, has been a human resources director, a training coordinator for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) Technical Assistance Center for Federal Region VI, and was appointed as assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

9-10:15 a.m. Creating a Culture of Civility in the Era of #MeToo
Imagine a work environment where all communications and interactions were conducted in a civil and respectful manner. Co-workers and customers would be treated respectfully on a consistent basis. There would be no place for harassment, discrimination, bullying, workplace violence, unethical actions, or other disrespectful and potentially illegal behaviors. Instead of this idealized picture, studies and polls indicate that workplaces are a reflection of society at-large and that incivility is a serious problem that is getting worse. In this module, Joe Bontke, outreach and education coordinator for the Houston District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, offers a solution attendees can edit and make your own. Take away his compilation of resources to make it work for your workplace.
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.-noon The Top 20 Mistakes Manager Make
What’s in your backpack and is any of it baggage? For today’s multicultural workforce to be effective, we all need to be prepared to engage in open, cross-cultural communications. Staff should be prepared to listen to and understand each other. Does unconscious bias, unspoken interactions and ultimately fear get in the way? This session will get you thinking and maybe acting in a different way with people not like you.
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch & Networking (Lunch Provided)
1-2:15 p.m. Unconscious Bias in Employment Decisions
Unconscious bias (or implicit bias) is often defined as prejudice or unsupported judgments in favor of or against one thing, person or group as compared to another in a way that is usually considered unfair. Because of unconscious biases, certain people benefit, and other people are penalized. In this session, we will explore the best way to frame the bias and deal with it and not act on it.
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-4 p.m. How to Conduct an Internal EEO Investigation
Employers should establish internal procedures for dealing with harassment complaints or grievances to encourage in-house resolution. This training session will give you the tools you need to do it right.
Date Location
July 30, 2019 San Marcos Activity Center
501 E. Hopkins St.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Aug. 13, 2019 Community Center
201 East Madison Ave.
Harlingen, TX 78550
Aug. 22, 2019 Dean Towery Service Center
401 Sgt. Ed Holcomb Blvd.
Conroe, TX 77301
Sept. 10, 2019 Plainview Convention Center
2902 W. 4th St.
Plainview, TX 79072
No continuing education hours are offered.
To cancel your registration, contact Lee Bell-Hovland at (800) 456-5974.
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