HR Professional Development offer a comprehensive range of training and development programmes. These include scheduled workshops as well the option of group or one-on-one sessions. If a particular workshop would be useful for your whole team, please contact us as most workshops can be delivered as tailored sessions.
To keep up-to-date with our courses, you can subscribe to receive an updated calendar of events each month. Subscribe to the calendar
Enrolling in our courses can be done in three ways:
1. Most of our courses allow online booking. These links can be found within the information for the specific workshop.
2. Completing the application form to the right of this page and sending it through to firstname.lastname@example.org or posting it to the Training Co-ordinator, HR Professional Development.
3. Some of our programmes require a specific application form to be completed. This will be found on the course detail page.
As some of our courses are extremely popular we recommend that you enrol early.
If a course is full or there is no date, what are my options?
Contact us and have a chat. If a course is over-subscribed and enough people are on a waitlist, we will consider running another session. For more information, email email@example.com
Below is a list of our planned workshops and the information for each Dunedin workshop can be found by clicking on the heading.
Specific workshops have been planned for staff in Christchurch and Wellington and this programme.
- Are You a Multiplier or a Diminisher?
- Growth Mindset
- Keeping Resolutions
- Leadership with a Small 'L'
- Team Building Activities
- Coaching for Managers
- Critical Incident Workshop
- Grief in the Workplace: understanding and supporting your team members
- Leadership and Management: different roles or different faces?
- Making Performance Discussions Work
- Nine Building Blocks of Effective Teams
- Recruitment System Training
- Sharpening the Saw - Are You are a Multiplier or a Diminisher?
- Sharpening the Saw - Communicating within the Operations Group
- Sharpening the Saw - Dealing With Conflict Within Your Team
- Sharpening the Saw - Experiences in Agile
- Sharpening the Saw - Running a Strategy or Planning Meeting: SWOT, SOAR and Noise
- Sharpening the Saw - Team Building Activities Your Team Won't Hate
- Sharpening the Saw - Team Values: running an exercise with your team
- The Role of the Manager in Working with People in Distress
- Understanding Teams
This suite of workshops is designed to build technical skills and knowledge that can be applied within the workplace.
- Connecting with Our Community
- Copyright 101: knowing what to do in the digital world
- Customer Service: excellence on the frontline
- Finding Stuff Online That You Can Reuse – Legally!
- Giving and Receiving Feedback
- Influence and Persuasion
- Just a minute: a guide for minutes and meetings
- Meetings: facilitating them well
- Meetings: organising them well
- Perfect Presentations
- Recordkeeping at Otago: why we do it and why you should care
- Servicing Formal Committees
- Snippets - Equity at Otago
- Snippets - Leadership Styles
- Snippets - Mindfulness Campus Walk
- Snippets - Strength Focus
- Snippets - The Māori Strategic Framework, for You on Campus
- Snippets - Understanding the Ethical Behaviour Policy
- Time Management: finding the time to plan and organise
- Train the Trainer: working with adult learners
- What is Creative Commons?
- Writing Professional Documents
This group of workshops concentrates on building individual skills to enhance your knowledge and capability.
- Communicating Non-Defensively
- Communicating: getting a grip on your style
- Communicating: navigating roadblocks
- Conflict: managing it better
- Getting Your Voice Heard
- How are you feeling during times of change: circles of support, control, influence and concern
- Listen More, Talk Less
- Living in a Changing World
- Maintenance for the Mind: balancing your positivity ratio
- Maintenance for the Mind: getting your daily dose in winter
- Maintenance for the Mind: let's get physical
- Multiple Intelligences and me
- Resilience: building emotional competence
- Working with Emotional Intelligence
These workshops concentrate on areas of diversity and are designed to enhance understanding.
- Creating an Inclusive Environment: disability awareness
- Cross-Cultural Awareness
- Diversity: raising awareness
- International Students: cultural differences and their impact
- Mental Health: face to face with student issues
- Mental Health is Everyone's Business: a guide for managers
- Mental Health is Everyone's Business: looking deeper to support a colleague
- Pacific Awareness
Te Reo and Treaty of Waitangi
Treaty of Waitangi and Māori Culture workshops are held in Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin every year. For more information and to book, see the HEDC website.
The career development programme consists of a range of options that support your reflection. The options provided at the University of Otago include:
More information and extra resources including a career planning workbook can be found at Career development & mentoring.
Other options include workshops that will cover topics related to:
- Career Development: CV and interviewing skills
- Career Development: understanding the career thread in your work history
- Career Development: what you value most at work
- Career Development: updating your CV to make the most of your experience
Information sessions and training courses about policy, processes and systems including online recruitment, job evaluation, general staff performance and development reviews, parental leave and retirement.
- Academic Promotion – Thinking of applying?
- Alumni Development Engagement
- Job Evaluation Seminar
- Parental Leave Information Seminar for Prospective and Intending Parents
- PDR Information Session
- Planning for Retirement
- Recruitment System Training
The Professional Development team will design and deliver customised sessions for your workplace. These can be taken from our list of programmed courses or we can, in consultation with you, design for specific needs.
We have assisted with Strategy or Team Building Days, problem solving workshops or one on one coaching for specific individual needs.
Please contact the Professional Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to talk to a member of the team about your needs.
Human Resources also run the following courses for teams:
- Belbin Team Roles
- Presentation Skills Coaching
- Safety, Respect and Dignity at Work: dealing with bullying and personal harassment
At Otago there is a range of activities that cater for the needs of women (both general and academic). The programme is run jointly between Human Resources (main contact is email@example.com) and HEDC.
- Mentoring Programme for Academic Women
- Career Development for General Staff
- Mentoring Programme for General Staff
- Women in Leadership at Otago (WiLO) Programme
If you haven’t found what you’re looking for, or have any other professional development ideas, we would be happy to hear your suggestions. Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org