Manager Development

Manager Essentials @ UniSA 

Manager Essentials is one of our key development programs for managers, and is designed to support our academic and professional staff leaders to:

  • understand their roles and responsibilities as managers
  • familiarise themselves with key concepts and principles that are critical to their performance
  • receive practical information and strategies from University specialists
  • contribute to a connected community of leaders and build individual networks

In response to Enterprise 25 and participant feedback we will be offering Manager Essentials as a modular program in 2019, with new and existing managers welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. This approach will benefit both new managers to UniSA, and our existing managers interested in refreshing their knowledge and extending their networks as we navigate our new E25 environment.

In each three hour session, participants will receive information and engage in practice and discussion to acclimatise to their roles quickly and confidently - or refresh their knowledge - in the following areas:

  1. Attracting Talent & Setting Up For Success (Planning to Probation)
  2. Performance Development and Management Conversations
  3. Your Workplace Safety and Wellbeing
  4. Finance and Systems for Managers

All managers are welcome to attend any or all of these sessions, though attendance at all four sessions is recommended as part of the induction activities for new managers.

Registration to any or all of the modules can be done easily by clicking the 'register here' button below each module. For further details please contact Megan de Lacy.

Summary of Workshops March - July

WorkshopsDateFacilitator
Manager Essentials - Module 1 - Attracting Talent and Setting Up for Success Tuesday 9 April PTC Specialists
Manager Essentials - Module 2 - Performance Development Management (PDM) Conversations Friday 10 May PTC Specialists
Manager Essentials - Module 3 - Your Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Thursday 13 June PTC Specialists
Crucial and Risky Conversations Tuesday 25 June Corporate Actors Australia
Manager Essentials - Module 4 - Finance and Systems for Managers Tuesday 23 July PTC Specialists

 

2019 Calendar

APRIL 
9

 

Manager Essentials - Module 1 - Attracting Talent and Setting Up for Success
Module 1 has been cancelled

Manager Essentials has been designed to support academic and professional staff managers understand their role and responsibilities, and acclimatise to their role quickly and confidently. 

Manager Essentials will offer the following four key modules that each represent a cornerstone of manager responsibilities at UniSA:

Module 1: Attracting Talent and Setting Up for Success       Tuesday 9 April

Module 2: Performance Development and Management     Friday 10 May
(PDM) Conversations

Module 3:  Your Workplace Safety and Wellbeing                  Thursday 13 June

Module 4:  Finance and Systems for Managers                         Tuesday 23 July


Facilitator:
UniSA People, Talent and Culture  Specialists
Target group: Academic and Professional staff who have direct reports
Date: Tuesday 9 April
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Location: AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

In this session, managers will be taken through the key stages of attracting the best people for vacant positions and inducting a new staff member to the team.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore the key principles of this process, including an opportunity for practice and knowledge sharing as a group on topics including:

  • your role in attracting great talent and the support available
  • embedding Core Attributes
  • options to fill a vacancy (unconscious bias/cultural safety)
  • setting up for success (the 'how to' of induction and probation).

This session would suit managers new to UniSA who want to familiarise themselves with the ‘UniSA way’ of attracting the best talent, or existing managers with a current or upcoming vacancy in their team looking to refresh their knowledge.

REGISTER HERE

MAY
10

Manager Essentials - Module 2 - Performance Development (PDM) Conversations

Facilitator: UniSA People, Talent and Culture Specialists
Target group: Academic and Professional staff (all levels)
Date: Friday 10 May
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Location: AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

UniSA recognises our people are our greatest asset, and we aim to provide managers with all of the tools they need to establish and lead effective performance development and management conversations.

This session provides a foundation for effective PDM conversations and will address your role as a leader within the process. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their current challenges in a safe, confidential environment, and engage in practice around some of the key stages of the PDM process, including:

  • the PDM cycle (prepare, meet, do, review)
  • PDM pathways (performance excellence, lifting performance and performance improvement)
  • investing in professional development and growth
  • crucial conversations: addressing challenges and the supports available for managers.

This session is ideally suited to new managers who want to familiarise themselves with the process, or existing managers working through some current or upcoming difficult conversations.

For those wanting to extend their knowledge beyond the essentials, you may wish to attend the ‘Crucial and Risky Conversations’ session, designed as a follow on to this module.

REGISTER HERE

JUNE 
13

Manager Essentials - Module 3 - Your Workplace Safety and Wellbeing

Facilitator: UniSA People, Talent & Culture Specialists
Target group: Academic and Professional staff who have direct reports
Date: Thursday 13 June
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Location: AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

UniSA is committed to the wellbeing and growth of all our people, both individually and collectively, and the wellbeing of our leaders will be a key area of focus amidst an environment of complexity and change.
This session will give managers the opportunity to focus on their own wellbeing as a key tool to thrive in their role as leaders. Participants will receive practical information to effectively manage their responsibilities around:

  • safety (hazards, injuries, reporting)
  • challenging workplace behaviours
  • understanding mental health, including the supports available
  • 'Manager Assist' – phone based Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for managers
  • equity and diversity of our students and staff
  • UniSA wellbeing initiatives.

REGISTER HERE

 

JUNE 
25

Crucial and Risky Conversations

Facilitator: Corporate Actors Australia
Target group:
Academic and Professional staff who have direct reports
Date:
Tuesday 25 June
Time:
9:00am – 12:30pm
Location:
AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

As leaders, an important part of your role is to ensure your team members have the best opportunity to grow and thrive in their roles through meaningful development conversations. In an environment of complexity and change this is not always an easy task, and this session provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on your strengths and develop your skills in having those all-important conversations with staff.

Working with the team from Corporate Actors Australia, participants will observe and participate in realistically designed 'realplays' and 'forum theatre' to gain insights into your own skills and style.

Participants can observe a 'forum theatre' where two actors run a scripted scene tailored to the challenges UniSA managers face. Participants can suggest changes in behaviour and language, and the actors then replay the scene with the suggested changes for participants to observe the impact.

Participants will also engage in face to face conversations with actors, simulating real workplace interactions. You can try new approaches, rehearse new strategies and put theory into practice in a supportive, safe environment.

REGISTER HERE

JULY 
23

Manager Essentials - Module 4 - Finance and Systems for Managers

Facilitator: UniSA People, Talent & Culture Specialists
Target group: Academic and Professional staff who have direct reports
Date: Tuesday 23 July 2019
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Location: AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

Budgets, planning cycles, systems abound at UniSA, and this session will provide a useful guide for managers to navigate the various processes and systems they will have contact with in their role.
In this session participants will be given the key information on the financial and systems process they will be involved in, and an opportunity to ask questions and engage in facilitated conversation on topics including:

  • budgets and forecasting
  • finance for managers: annual cycles, planning and systems
  • procurement
  • travel
  • our people systems
  • key reports for managers
  • using data intelligently.

This session is ideally suited to new managers wanting to familiarise themselves with the critical elements of finance and systems they are responsible for, or existing managers wanting to refresh their knowledge of new systems and processes that have recently changed or evolved.

REGISTER HERE