Leadership and Professional Development Assessment
Results, Overview and Response
Nearly 250 WSU employees completed the OD and Learning Assessment in 2010. Detailed results of the assessment are available on our web-site (www.wright.edu/odl) and an overview of the results is included in this memo. The respondents represented all departments/organizations/schools listed in the assessment as well as each position listed.
The results of the assessment pointed out some needs; however, it also showed some existing strengths. Much of the information collected showed a positive slant towards performance expectations received, feedback, communication from one’s supervisor, and indicated that the majority of the respondents viewed their leaders as accessible and the working environment at WSU as respectful.
That’s not to say the results were unanimously positive or that there is no room for improvement. Nor does the assessment represent the views of our entire staff. However, for those 244 individuals who responded, it gives us a gauge to read and tells us where we need to consider focusing our efforts.
The top five areas for future program development were identified as:
- Leadership Skills;
- Conflict Management;
- Dealing with Difficult Behavior;
- Managing Change; and
- Constructive Feedback.
The majority of respondents thought certain programs should be mandatory (67%) and even more (76%) thought WSU should annually dedicate at least 16 hours per staff member to professional development during work hours.
Individual comments were insightful and wide-ranging and included compliments as well as numerous suggestions.
First, thank you for your input. Second, we’re listening – and we’re moving forward to meet your needs.
Here are some specifics:
Coaching and Consulting Services have been, and continue to be, available to individuals and departments via OD and Learning. The WSU Compliance Training Series (Diversity Awareness; Ethical Behavior; Sexual Harassment and Workplace Violence Awareness) is in place and has been positively received and moved to HR, a more appropriate location for such a series. The programs are being offered university-wide on a quarterly basis and for departments that request exclusive sessions. WSU’s successful New Employee Orientation/On-Boarding program, NEO: Wright … from the Start, has also been moved to HR, again, because it's a more appropriate location for the program. It's a solid full-day program that continues to be offered to new hires on the first Monday of each month.
In 2011, we launched the WSU Leadership Academy and the WSU Professional Development Alliance.
The WSU Leadership Academy offers a wide-range of programs for all levels of leadership: