Manager Development

Manager Essentials @ UniSA

The Manager Essentials program is an induction to the role of manager, and designed for staff who are new to the University or new to a leadership role within the University. This one day induction event will provide managers with the HR information and resources to acclimatise to the University environment and their role as managers quickly and effectively.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and hear from a range of Senior People, Talent and Culture Professionals who will support participants to:

  • Familiarise themselves with the key concepts and principles of the HR policy framework (the UniSA way) and best practice processes in an interactive environment
  • Understand their role and responsibilities within HR functions including recruitment and onboarding, performance development and management, employment relations and OHSW
  • Receive practical information to answer the question "what do I need to know" as a new manager
  • Find further information, resources and support to assist managers in key areas of management responsibility

Staff with responsibility for the supervision of staff are encouraged to attend Manager Essentials as part of their induction program. A "manager" may be defined as:

  • Staff either recently appointed to a role with management responsibility, or recently gained direct reports
  • Academic and professional staff with responsibility for the performance development more than 2 staff members

Unsure of what to expect? Check our Manager Essentials 2018 Program.

2019 session dates coming soon. Please contact Megan DeLacy to register your interest. 

Managing Well

with Samantha Young, Managing Director: Human Psychology

The content of this workshop includes understanding mental health issues and difficult personality traits and behaviours, as well as individual emotional reactions to challenging workplace behaviours. Managers are given the skills to deal with difficult employee behaviours that meet legal, ethical and professional obligations. Content also includes discussion of best-practice performance management principles including coaching skills, self-audit and identification for areas of development.

The topics covered in this workshop are:

  • Difficult conversations – what are they and why are they so hard?
  • Understanding mental health and mental illness
  • Understanding our emotional reactions to challenging workplace behaviours
  • Defining obligations and boundaries of managers and employers
  • A process for planning and having the "difficult conversation"
  • Giving excellent feedback
  • Performance management skills
  • Coaching & mentoring skills
  • Discussion of case studies including group analysis of real case studies from participants

On completing this workshop, you will be able to:

Understand mental health, mental illness, personality issues and problematic workplace behaviour
Feel confident in planning and executing a "difficult conversation" with a staff member about mental health, personality clash, performance or problematic workplace conduct.
Implement improved performance management and coaching skills
Develop a generic management plan for individuals displaying problematic personality traits
Have a personal plan on how to implement these new skills in your leadership role

Please contact Megan DeLacy to register your interest for 2019. 

A cancellation policy of $100 per workshop will apply for cancellations with less than 72 hours notice or no shows on the day unless special circumstances apply.

For general queries, workshop cancellations or help registering please contact the People Development and Performance team at