Seventeen staff from the Community Guidance Center took part in the CGC Professional Development Day last Friday at the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort.
The first half of the training covered problem solving in the workplace and teamwork and team-building. Island Training Solutions’ Jim Arenovski conducted the morning training session.
CGC prevention specialist Jody Abraham said everyone had a great time learning from a businessman with the stature of Arenovski.
“We just needed some reminders. We learned basic skills that needed to be built on. Things that we needed to improve to be effective in the workplace and work together as a team. Jim Arenovski has a wealth of experience when it comes to training and the different topics that he tackled related to business and customer service-oriented that’s what we wanted to pick up on, especially now that we’re under the [Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.]. He threw out some humor and some real-life scenario. I think majority of responses is we want to continue our trainings with him,” she said.
CGC alcohol and drug counselor Edward DLC Camacho echoed these sentiments.
“This training was excellent for everyone. I was excited and I picked up new skills. We already have the skills but this training served as a reminder also of what we don’t utilize in our daily conversations or our daily dealing with people. It’s something that we know but we just don’t include or practice. [Arenovski] was an exceptional presenter and it showed by the experience and the examples he utilized during the presentation,” he said.
CGC Tinian coordinator Keith Nabors said the pointers they got will prove handy in enabling the agency to accomplish its missions and goals.
“It was a great training and we learned a lot about teamwork and team-building and the skills involved to make sure that we meet all the goals we set for the team. He had it put together well. He presented it in a way that everyone could understand. There was also a good back and forth interaction between him and the attendees,” he said.
Arenovski said the training is something every business on island should consider for its employees.
“You need to take stock and invest in your staff. These types of training, even though it takes time away from work for a couple of hours, is of paramount importance. This is an investment and your staff will appreciate it and they understand the lines of communication better and role of leadership and management and they will respond better to you and your direction when you have these types of organizational meetings or sessions,” he said.
Arenovski, whose primary line of business is operating gas stations in the CNMI and Guam, said that Island Training Solutions conducts all sorts of training for professional development.
“This one was on problem solving and team building but we do other ones that deal with conflict management, leadership, and it depends on the group and what the organization wants. This is an investment [on what] a government agency or a business has to do to become better. We cannot expect everybody to develop without giving them different tools for which they can learn from.”
The training’s afternoon session covered active, physical and mental activities, energizers, and debriefing to foster teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, trust, and conflict-resolution in the workplace. It was administered by Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc.’s Tom Thornbourgh and Greg Borja.