HR A-Z
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Learning & Development


Human Resource Development (HRD)
In collaboration with others, HRD provides leadership by offering access to learning experiences that promote performance improvement and professional development, and by facilitating organizational learning to help the University achieve its mission and vision.

HR Professional Community of Practice
The HR Community of Practice offers training, support and an online community for HR professionals throughout the University.

Career Development Services
In an effort to make the University of Michigan Staff Development Philosophy a living presence that guides all activities relating to career development, Career Services has developed a coordinated system of career development services geared for University staff. This web-based resource site is a first step, and is designed to assist you with developing your own plan of action, introduce you to University and Internet resources and services, and provide regular updates on news and events that may be of assistance to you as you go through the process.

The University of Michigan Staff Development Philosophy

The University of Michigan Executive Officers have formally adopted the following statement.

The University of Michigan recognizes that people are our most important resource for sustaining excellent teaching, research and service.

To enhance the ability of staff members to contribute to their departments and to provide career satisfaction for productive employees, we are committed to supporting on going staff development for any staff member. Staff development is defined as growth in an individual's knowledge, skill, and personal effectiveness.

Our goal is for all staff members to make the maximum contribution to their departments, while having opportunities to develop their talents, to acquire and use new skills, and thus to achieve greater career effectiveness and satisfaction. Career development opportunities include mentoring as well as informal and formal training.

The role of staff members is to pursue growth by:

  • Sharing responsibility for their development
  • Developing, with their supervisors, plans to acquire or enhance skills, assume responsibilities, and prepare for future opportunities

The role of management is to encourage and be supportive of staff development by:

  • Providing ongoing training needed for current and newly assigned responsibilities
  • Designing jobs which are challenging
  • Providing candid feedback on performance
  • Encouraging staff to learn and grow throughout their careers, and to pursue appropriate career goals
  • Offering or supporting education and training opportunities to enhance an individual's performances and capacity, even beyond their current position
  • Publicizing job opportunities so that individuals can pursue positions which they believe will advance their development