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Course Title: Difficult Conversations

Course Description: OPM developed an online and interactive course, "Difficult Conversations for Supervisors." This course was developed to assist agencies meet the requirements in 5 CFR 412.202. The goal of this course is to provide supervisors with the necessary skills to have the difficult conversation that is inherent when dealing with poor performance and to provide a safe environment to practice delivering difficult conversations.

NOTE: The practice scenarios are only compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) 7 and above; they will not run in Chrome or Safari.

Location: Online

Schedule: 24 hours a day; 45 minutes

Estimated Time to Complete Course: .75 hours

Agency/Vendor Sponsor: OPM

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Cost: Free

Method: Online (hosted on HRU)

HR Technical Competency: Performance Management

General Competency: Oral Communication; Problem Solving

Leadership Competency: Conflict Management; Developing Others; Accountability

Roles:  Technical Specialist Technical Specialist;   Strategic Partner Strategic Partner;   Leader Leader

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

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