You will benefit from a PDR, even if you are at the top of your salary range, as it will:

  • ensure there is a mutual understanding of work requirements and conditions between you and your manager
  • allow you to discuss development opportunities and career development.

If you and your department head are happy to simply reconfirm your understanding of your role, the PDR needn't be a long conversation and can be used to tweak aspects of your work (hours, operational improvements etc). If you're keen to develop your career further, the PDR can provide a platform for discussion of upcoming departmental needs, or staff development opportunities, that might assist you to progress within the University.

Examples of this are:

  • Building mentoring skills by developing other staff within the department
  • Learning new areas of specialisation and skills
  • Taking on a leadership role in projects within the department
  • Bringing skills and knowledge to the wider university by participating in university-wide committees
  • Taking courses, papers, attending conferences or seminars
  • Secondments
  • Job shadowing
  • Job exchange

Setting objectives will require a plan which can be discussed as part of your PDR. Completing a PDR will be a way of making sure you have the time to implement these strategies.

Last updated 21/07/2020 02.07 PM

Did this answer your question?