Our comprehensive training and leadership development programs ensure that every associate has a path to achieve professional growth. Our extensive course offerings and educational partnerships strengthen associate effectiveness in their current positions while expanding their prospects for career growth. These programs include comprehensive, in depth curricula for frontline associates as well as leaders at every level, from newly promoted managers to Company officers.

Personal Productivity

In 2013, Learning & Development launched its new instructor led class, Personal Productivity. Participants learn how to identify workplace stressors that are barriers to productivity and how to manage them. They discover various approaches to prioritizing tasks, setting goals, and working more purposefully on tasks and projects. Participants also learn how breaking low productivity habits and replacing them with high-focus habits can transform the way they accomplish work tasks.

Thriving Through Change

Learning & Development designed and facilitated an instructor-led class called Thriving Through Change to provide leaders with important skills to support their teams through the merger, specifically the “people side of change.” The critical role the immediate manager plays in associates’ responses, reactions, and actions during change cannot be understated. By developing behaviors that facilitate dialogue and a trusting environment, managers can have a significant and positive influence on their team’s engagement and performance during times of uncertainty. Nearly 1,500 corporate and field leaders attended this training.

Lominger Competencies

In 2013, Office Depot incorporated and rolled out the Lominger Competencies. HR Business Partners, Organizational Development consultants, recruiters, and trainers all became certified in “Leadership Architect 101®,” a comprehensive, integrated set of tools that give executives, managers and HR professionals the ability to put research-based leadership and organizational development best practices into action. Leadership Architect 101 establishes a common “competency” language helpful in identifying critical skills needed for individual and organizational success.