Human Resources

Expectations of all staff

Further information

Professional Development Review

There are certain skills, attributes and behaviours that the University expects all staff to demonstrate in their work.

The UWA Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct provide the broader context for this expectation, and you may find it helpful to consult this document.

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  2. Expectations

Staff member

As a staff member you will have an opportunity to discuss these expectations as part of the annual Performance Development and Appraisal process. The PDA is an occasion for you to reflect on how well you demonstrate these skills, attributes and behaviours, and to indicate where more support might be helpful.

For example, staff are expected to show their initiative where it is appropriate. But have you been given adequate opportunities to demonstrate how well you do this?

1. Personal effectiveness

Staff of the University of Western Australia are expected to demonstrate personal responsibility.

Personal responsibility can be demonstrated in a variety of ways. For example, staff are generally expected to exhibit self-control, calmness and restraint, even in stressful situations. Staff are also expected to demonstrate trustworthiness, reliability and loyalty.

Personal effectiveness includes being client-focused; that is, understanding and responding with courtesy and respect to people within and external to the University community. Effective staff also think about how to do their job better and they seek out opportunities for learning and development.

2. Working collaboratively

Staff of the University of Western Australia need to work collaboratively, and are expected to do so in a collegial manner.

Staff can demonstrate their collegiality through a willingness to work positively with people of different backgrounds, status and education. Collegiality is marked by openness.

On the one hand staff will express their own ideas openly and clearly, dealing positively with any criticism; on the other, they will listen to and consider the thoughts and opinions of other people in the workplace with respect, offering constructive criticism where appropriate.

3. Demonstrating a focus on outcomes

Staff of the University of Western Australia are expected to be achievement-oriented.

Achievement-oriented staff see the links between the mission of the University and their own work. They are able to demonstrate a capacity to set and meet deadlines and to solve the everyday problems that may arise in their workplace. Focusing on achievement also means showing initiative, when appropriate.

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Expectations

In your PDA you and your reviewer will reflect on how well you meet these expectations that the University has of you. In preparation for this discussion you may wish to consider the questions listed below.

1. Personal effectiveness

In thinking about this expectation you may wish to reflect on the questions below.

  • Do you take personal responsibility for your actions?
  • Do you exhibit self-control, calmness and restraint even in stressful situations?
  • Do you demonstrate persistence in difficult situations?
  • Do you see yourself as a trustworthy, reliable and loyal colleague?
  • Do you seek out opportunities for ongoing learning and development?

2. Working collaboratively

In thinking about this expectation you may wish to reflect on the questions below.

  • Are you willing and able to work positively with people of different backgrounds, status and education?
  • Do you listen to and consider the thoughts and opinions of other people in the workplace?
  • Do you express your own ideas openly and clearly with your work colleagues and deal positively with any criticism?
  • Are you aware of and do you anticipate the concerns and feelings of your colleagues?
  • Do you see yourself as a good colleague?

3. Demonstrating a focus on results

In thinking about this expectation you may wish to reflect on the questions below.

  • Do you see your work as linked to the broader goals of the University?
  • Are you generally able to meet deadlines, either your own or those set by others?
  • Are you able to find ways to solve problems that arise in your workplace?
  • Do you show initiative when the situation requires?

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