People Management 101


The University of Waikato is committed to the development of staff in management roles. This programme provides an overview of University of Waikato processes, practices and expectations of people managers across all academic and general staff roles. It will also look at personal strengths, different management styles and the situational contexts in which they are most applicable.

The programme will also provide the opportunity to develop a network of peers in similar roles to help develop a supportive learning community.

Target Audience

The programme is designed for staff who currently manage others, particularly those with little or no previous people management training or who require a better understanding of University of Waikato people management processes, practices and expectations. We will develop other programmes as part of our leadership and management development suite over time, including components for staff who aspire to be people managers in the future.

Managers who are interested in attending should, in the first instance, discuss participation with their direct manager and apply with their support to Karen Davies ([email protected]).

Note that the programme will be limited to 16 participants. It is expected that we will run this programme annually - more frequently if there is sufficient demand. We usually need at least 10 participants because of group exercises and discussion.


The programme is comprised of:

  • A personality assessment (using the Five Factor Model/Big 5)
  • A two day programme covering people management processes, practices and expectations at the University of Waikato
    • Using your strengths and being aware of blind spots when managing people in a range of different situations
    • Understand University policy and procedures within each stage of the Employee Life Cycle (including recruitment, onboarding and induction, ODR, professional and career development, reward and recognition, exit and offboarding)


The Organisational Development Unit will lead the programme with other presenters drawn from staff in key human resources, organisational development and health and safety roles.