Developing your staff

There are many ways for you to provide support and development but which of these are best in any particular situation may depend on factors such as:

  • the development needed i.e. the gaps between their current level of skills, knowledge and behaviours and those required to achieve their objectives;
  • other factors such as their preferred learning style;
  • the needs of the Faculty/School/Service.

Below you will find some examples of the kinds of activities that could be used to help your member of staff in their learning and development. These are not exhaustive but should give you an idea of the broad range of options you may have.

On the job

  • Involvement in projects/tasks
  • On the job training
  • Coaching from manager/team members
  • Team meetings and briefings
  • Involvement in meetings
  • Networks/groups
  • Observing others
  • Problem solving with colleagues
  • Secondments
  • Work shadowing
  • Job rotation

Off the job

  • Internal/external training courses
  • Study for qualifications
  • Attendance at conferences
  • Mentoring
  • Action learning
  • Team building activities
  • Involvement in professional associations
  • Reading/journals
  • Online learning resources
  • Webcasts/Podcasts

Where you decide a formal training course is the most appropriate way forward, further details of courses run through OD&PL (formerly SDDU), IT and the LOGIK Centre can be found on their web sites. OD&PL also provides on-line learning resources and suggested reading around some key topics.

Advice and support can also be sought from your local HR Manager/Officer.