We offer a range of resources and events to support managers and their teams in order to help them to succeed personally and professionally.

The resources and learning events are designed to support employees new to management, both generally and at Essex, whilst also providing opportunities to stretch managers in specific areas of their management practice.

Resources to support managers

People Strategy in Action

The People Strategy in Action Moodle resource contains advice and guidance in a range of formats to support those in management positions. Resources range from guides to approaching people-related challenges, an interactive tool showing different approaches for development at work and the University’s expectations of a manager. 

Developing Yourself and Others

Developing Yourself and Others is a practical guide situated in People Strategy in Action that includes a range of approaches to develop professionally in the workplace.

Essential Training policy

This new policy clarifies the Essential Training that all employees are expected to complete within the first six months of employment, whilst all existing employees are expected to complete the Essential Training relevant to their role. All Essential Training can be accessed on the recently developed Welcome to Essex induction Moodle resource.

Welcome to Essex

The Welcome to Essex induction resource has been developed to complement local induction so that new employees can settle into their role as effectively as possible. It contains an induction checklist for new employees and for managers to support the new employees and their recruiting manager.

Learning events to support managers

For staff new to management at Essex

Induction for Managers

Designed to provide colleagues new to management at Essex with a greater understanding of managing at the University.

Management Essentials

This programme is aimed at people newly appointed to management roles and  managers who wish to develop further their skills in managing people.

Opportunities to stretch established managers

Management Reflections

Provides opportunities in safe and supportive environments for managers to reflect on their leadership and management styles and those of others.

Coaching Essentials for Managers

This one-day highly practical and participative workshop will enable managers to develop effective coaching skills which can be applied formally and informally in a wide range of workplace situations.

Managing Conflict

The workshop uses a psychometric assessment tool (TKI) to provide participants with the opportunity to understand how they approach conflict situations and how to achieve positive outcomes individually and within teams.

Handling Difficult Conversations

Handling Difficult Conversations is a bitesized interactive and informative workshop is intended for managers and senior staff. It has been designed to help you develop a strategy that works for you when entering into a difficult conversation. This workshop will provide you with the tools and practice to help you to deliver positive and constructive messages.

Appraisal and Personal Development Scheme: Appraiser Training

The Appraiser Training session will brief you on the University’s approach to appraisal and how you can use this most effectively to support the development and enhance the performance of those you are responsible for. The session will provide an opportunity to develop and practice your coaching skills, which will enable you to get the most from appraisal discussions.

Improving Assertiveness

Being assertive can make a huge difference to the way you feel about yourself and the way in which other people see you. It can improve the quality of your relationships with colleagues, family and friends as it demonstrates that you have confidence in yourself and respect for others. This Improving Assertiveness course will show you, through discussion and practical exercises, strategies that you can use in your everyday life.

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  3. Search for your event and choose learning activities
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