Managing Staff Development
The management of the development of staff is a key leadership responsibility. The Rhodes ethos of “grow our own timber” has never been more necessary than today given the current global reality of a significant skills shortage. Rhodes’ geographic location, while advantageous in many ways, does add a further dimension to the difficulty in attracting staff.
The purpose of staff development has four inter-related considerations.
- Staff development aims to increase individual effectiveness and efficiency
- This in turn will enable employees to achieve the aims and objectives of the job, of their department/division and therefore, the University
- Investing in staff development will enhance the commitment of staff
- This will not only help the University retain staff but also be pivotal in attracting new staff to the institution