Expectations of managers at UoB
Managers play a pivotal role in organisations. Rewarding and demanding in equal measure, a manager's role is to balance doing what's best for the organisation with looking after the needs of their team members.
Six expectations of UoB managers
The guidance below will enable managers to understand the organisational context and responsibilities of their role at the University, as well as how to use this to help engage and motivate their staff.
1. Understand the University vision
Embrace the University's vision and purpose (see right), and understand how it measures its sector performance. Understanding the 'bigger picture' of what the University is aiming to achieve and communicating this to your team will help to engage staff and connect them to their workplace.
2. Understand the University Strategy
Familiarise yourself with the University's Strategy and be able to communicate the role you and your team play in delivering it - whether directly or indirectly. This will help you to effectively plan and prioritise work for your team as well as motivate your staff to perform well.
3. Manage your time and communications effectively
Be deliberate in how you manage your own time now you also have a team of people to manage to ensure you aren't compromising on your own workload and objectives. Find effective and efficient strategies to communicate regularly with your team, and be open and responsive to their needs and feedback.
4. Know your HR responsibilities as a manager
Familiarise yourself with UoB's HR policies and procedures and know where to find help and support when you need it. Use the HR Manager's Handbook to help with this (see right) and the Human Resources web pages.
5. Create a supportive and inclusive environment
Make sure you are role modelling positive, inclusive and supportive behaviours to your team. Refer to the University's Professional Behaviours (see right) for guidance on expected standards of behaviour and expect the same high standards from your staff.
6. Take a developmental approach to management
Commit to the ongoing personal and professional development of yourself and your team members, to help maintain a highly skilled and motivated workforce. Ensure you have regular 1:1s with each of your staff and make effective use of the annual Staff Review & Development process. Taking a coaching approach to management will help to empower and develop your staff in their own roles.
Read the current University vision and strategy document here
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