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People Management 101

Purpose

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. This programme will be supplemented by a series of short modules offered throughout the year around a broad range of University of Waikato specific management functions (such as recruitment practices; managing a budget; health, safety and wellness; having effective PGS conversations; etc.).

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 Mike Bell ([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.

2021 Dates

  • 20 & 21 May
  • 25 & 26 November

Format

The programme is comprised of:

  • A personality assessment (for those who have not already completed one or do not know their 16 personalities preference type)
  • 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, professional goal setting, professional and career development, reward and recognition, exit and offboarding)
  • A twelve month mentoring partnership with a more experienced staff member to help provide ongoing guidance through a normal annual cycle of people management related processes (such as Academic Promotions, GSSR, PGS, etc.)

On successful completion participants will be presented with a certificate of completion.

Presenters

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