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About Talent Development

What is Talent Development?

Talent Development is a set of integrated organizational HR processes designed to attract, develop, motivate, and retain productive, engaged employees. The goal of talent development is to create a high-performance, sustainable organization that meets its strategic and operational goals and objectives. The Human Resource Management department has created a framework to help members of the KU community understand the relationships between various HR processes supported by our office.

What is Learning Management?

Process of establishing training goals and plans that link to individual goal attainment, career planning, and possible succession planning.  The University provides professional development courses to improve core competencies, enhance job performance, and encourage personal growth for faculty and staff. You may browse the available course offerings and register for courses at the Learning Management module -of Talent Development. What you will find includes:

  • a searchable electronic course catalog, organized by Subject Area and alphabetically.
  • a personalized learning plan, showing courses that are recommended or selected for your role.
  • a history of the courses for which you have successfully completed
  • a calendar of upcoming training events

Many of the courses are offered as a benefit to employees of the university. This means that full- or part-time employees of the university may attend these courses at no charge. Those courses that include a materials or participation fee, this information is included in the catalog.

What is Performance Management?

An ongoing, continuous process of communicating and clarifying job responsibilities, priorities, performance expectations, and development planning that optimize an individual’s performance and aligns with organizational strategic goals.

When people hear the words performance management, the annual evaluation may be their first thought. However, an effective performance management process involves much more than just the annual evaluation.

Human Resources has established modules to assist in managing employee performance. Human Resources recommends in addition to setting goals at the beginning of the evaluation period and evaluating performance at the end of the evaluation period, that feedback sessions are held throughout the year. These meetings include:

  • Initial Meeting: Goal Setting and Development Planning – During the first meeting, at the beginning of the evaluation period, the employee and supervisor will mutually develop goals that align directly with the goals of the department, school and university. A development plan that supports goal completion will also be developed and agreed upon.
  • Quarterly Feedback Sessions (April, July, October for an annual evaluation period) – During the feedback sessions, the employee and supervisor will discuss the employee’s progress toward goal completion and any support that may be needed.
  • Final Meeting: Annual Review – During the final meeting at the end of the evaluation period, the employee and supervisor will discuss overall performance and goals and development plan outcomes.

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