Strengths-based Strategies for Engaging and Retaining Title X Staff Workshop

1.00 hr
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Staff Retention and Wellness Title X Family Planning Program
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Staff retention is a long-standing challenge for many family planning agencies, a reality made worse by the pandemic.  
This interactive workshop introduced participants to strengths-based management, an approach shown to increase staff engagement, retention, and productivity. Participants learned the evidence for strengths-based management, concrete ways to apply this approach to day-to-day operations, and how to build a supportive organizational climate that increases staff retention while reducing burnout. 
This workshop was intended for Title X staff in management positions, including program managers, administrators, clinic directors, and HR staff. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Julie Rennecker, PhD, BSN, who brings extensive experience in staff development in health care settings.


  • Dr. Julie Rennecker, BSN, PhD, Founder and Chief Catalyst of Syzygy Teams

Learning Objectives:

  1. Differentiate between staff “strengths” and “competencies”
  2. Articulate how a strengths-based approach affects staff members' job performance and job satisfaction
  3. List three ways to immediately apply strengths-based management in day-to-day employee interactions
  4. Identify opportunities for extending strengths-based management into their agency's standard HR practices (e.g., performance evaluations, job descriptions)

Time: 1 hour

Certificate of Completion: Yes - available after completing the evaluation at the end of the recording

Video Chapters

  • Introduction
  • Background: Theory and evidence for strengths-based management (14:31)
  • Application: Managing your own strengths (39:13)
  • Managing your team's strengths (1:07:20)
  • Takeaways (1:12:25)

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