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December 1, 2015

Building confidence and trust in our managers

Filed under: People Management — Tags: , , , , , — Paul Smart @ 9:38 am

Have you answered the latest question of the month?

October’s QOTM results

In October 2015 we asked whether your line manager inspired confidence and trust. We received over 190 responses and the highlights were:

  • Overall 57.9% of the responses voted ‘yes’ their line manager inspires confidence and trust.
  • In the Faculty of Science & Health, 75% of the votes were ‘yes’, followed by the Faculty of Social Sciences with 69.2% ‘yes’ votes and Professional Services staff voting 56.1% positively.
  • The Faculty of Humanities, Professional Services staff within a faculty/department and Campus Services all received 50% or lower ‘yes’ voters.

Feedback from the free text comments will be factored into an ongoing review of manager training and development opportunities at the University. This is a core element of the People Supporting Strategy which seeks to clarify the roles and responsibilities of those who are in leadership and management positions and establish a talent development programme for all members of the University.

Training currently available

Managers may be interested to attend the following in-house training sessions:

For those considering management as a potential career development, we have the following training:

University Coaching Service

The University’s Coaching for Success service has a number of  trained and experienced workplace Coaches who can work with individuals in order to help them build on their talents and achievements and to help frame them within an institutional context.  The coaching process usually consists of up to 6 x 1 hour sessions.  The gap between sessions will be agreed together and it will relate to the actions the Coachee will be taking in between sessions. This new service is available to all staff.   Referrals are usually made through your Line Manager, however members of staff can apply directly.  Email coaching (add @essex.ac.uk if needed) for more information.

Counselling and support services

The University has arrangements in place to provide a free and confidential counselling and support service for staff through our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) with Validium. Have you read the EAP guidance for managers? Validium also provides us with monthly information sheets. Have you read the information regarding taking responsibility, confidence building and emotional intelligence?

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