Policy Number: 203Responsible Office: HR/Training and DevelopmentEffective Date: 4/1/01Revised: 9/1/07; 11/15/11; 8/3/17
This policy applies to regular full-time and part-time staff and administrators.
The University's performance management program, Recognize Excellence and Development (RED), provides an important link to training and development activities for employees. Encouraging employees to develop new skills and providing them with opportunities for growth and development within their current job and/or a new job are part of a supervisor’s role in the performance management cycle. By coaching and providing developmental feedback, supervisors emphasize how much they value their employees. When employees are given opportunities to grow and develop, they are more likely to feel valued, leading to a higher level of job satisfaction.
Development planning is an important part of the RED process. The Professional Development Plan section is located on page 2 of the RED form. Supervisors should partner with employees to establish a plan to identify key skills, knowledge and abilities to develop or improve, and activities to build each development area (see examples of development activities below). The supervisor and the employee should agree on Action Steps and a Timeframe for the completion of each activity. Finally, the Results column of the plan is used at the end of the appraisal cycle to evaluate the employee’s progress in each area assigned for development.
Supervisors can support employee development in many ways:
Employees, too, can get involved:
Development is often thought of as classroom training, but it is really much broader than just this, and can include many other activities that help employees build skills, knowledge and abilities. A good place to start is by visiting the Internal Career Development web page provided by Human Resources. Here, a career mobility toolkit will guide employees to many resources available at the University. Following are many examples of development activities that employees can explore:
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