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Support for line managers during uncertain times

Here is a list of resources and links we thought may help you as a line manager in supporting your teams and yourself in working remotely, returning to work and managing through challenging times. 

This list also includes some of our current online courses and virtual workshops using Zoom. These resources are a combination of Univeristy managed resources and external links. Some of the links will require you to login with your Univeristy sign in and some will need to be access via an assigned LinkedIn license. 

To register for a free LinkedIn Learning license, please click here.

University information on coronavirus

Useful information and links relating coronavirus and how the University is supporting staff:

Coronavirus Staffnet page

Coronavirus FAQs

Staff update to FAQs (6 Jan 2021) - working arranagement and support

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Leave) Staffnet pages

Coronavirus Useful Links

Campus reopening and corporate support (internal guidance)

Voluntary Measures for Staff site on Staffnet (see Managers guidance document)

How to conduct a video interview

Managers' guidance on staff returning to campus - PDF

Annual Leave calculator updated to accommodate 24th July University holiday.

Requesting IT equipment - notice from IT Services

What Works in Lockdown – your views wanted

Managing Flexible Working Requests

The following topic areas are in alphabetical order and can be expanded to access learning resources and important links on each topic.

Career development and support

SL&D Career Development pages (webpages with resources, tips and learning)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Career Management (various short articles)

LinkedIn Learning Path: Staying Positive and Productive during Uncertainty (career development)

Chairing and managing meetings

LinkedIn Learning: Managing Virtual Meetings (32 min online course)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Meetings (various short articles)

LinkedIn Learning Collection: Minutes, meetings and agendas (playlist of relevant courses)

LinkedIn Learning Collection: Chairing Meetings That Deliver Results (playlist of relevant courses)

Coaching

Coaching SL&D Staffnet pages (internal guidance, resources and access to individual coaching)

Mindset Self Coaching Resources

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Coaching (various short articles)

LinkedIn Learning Collection: Coaching (playlist of relevant courses)

TSLD54e Coaching conversations with remote teams

Developing strategic skills

SL&D Leadership and Strategy webpages

Our Future webpages (University Vision, Values and strategic plan)

LinkedIn Learning: Strategic Thinking (38m online course)

LinkedIn Learning: Strategic Planning Foundations (1h22m online course)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Scenario planning (various short articles)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Strategic planning (various short articles)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Stakeholder mapping (various short articles)

Finance and budget management

Finance Training Modules: An Introduction to the University of Manchester Finances (internal elearning course)

Staff Update on the Purchasing of Goods and Services (internal guidance)

L&D Toolkit: Financial management (various short articles)

BUFDG e-learning (12 free e-learning resources from British Universities Finance Directors Group)

HR Policies

Managers’ Essentials: Working with policies (internal guidance and resources)

A-Z of University HR Policies and procedures

Managers’ Essentials: Bringing policy to life (eLearning course)

Managers’ Essentials: A-Z list of the Managers' How to guides

Leading through change and uncertainty

TSLD200 Leading People Through Change (virtual workshop)

LinkedIn Learning Collection: Leading People Through Change (playlist of relevant courses)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Change Management (various short articles)

Wellbeing through change support - Looking after others (internal webpages and supporting resources)

LinkedIn Learning: Leading in Uncertain Times (46 m online course)

LinkedIn Learning: Advice for Leaders During a Crisis (43 m online course)

LinkedIn Learning Path: Leading during Times of Change (full learning path of courses)

LinkedIn Learning: Counterintuitive Leadership Strategies for a VUCA Environment (57 m online course)

Managing performance

Managers’ Essentials: Managing Performance (internal guidance and supporting resources)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Managing Performance (various short articles)

LinkedIn Learning Collection: Managing and Developing Individual Performance

LinkedIn Learning Collection: Having difficult conversations (playlist of relevant courses)

TSLD011 Online learning: Difficult conversations, Giving Feedback (internal eLearning resources)

Managing remotely

Managers’ Essentials: Managing remotely (on ME pages)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Managing Remotely (various short articles)

LinkedIn Learning: Leading at a distance (36 min online course)

LinkedIn Learning: Managing Virtual Teams (56 min online course)

LinkedIn Learning: Managing Virtual Meetings (32 min online course)

TSLD83 Managing Remotely (virtual workshop)

 

Personal resilience

Mindset Self Coaching Resources: Resilience

L&D Toolkit: Coping with uncertainty (article)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Personal Resilience (various short articles)

LinkedIn Learning Collection: Developing Personal Resilience for Change (playlist of relevant courses)

TSLD2001 Developing Personal Resilience for Change (virtual workshop)

Personal skills

Links to our playlists, collections and other learning resources for personal skills:

• Personal confidence: L&D Toolkit Playlist, LinkedIn Learning Collection

• Communicating assertively: L&D Toolkit Playlist, LinkedIn Learning Collection

• Email management: LinkedIn Learning Collection

• Emotional intelligence at work: L&D Toolkit Playlist, LinkedIn Learning Collection

• Networking and relationship building: LinkedIn Learning: Professional Networking

• Negotiation: L&D Toolkit resources, LinkedIn Learning: Negotiation Foundations

• Problem solving and decision making: LinkedIn Learning Path: Develop Critical-Thinking, Decision-Making, and Problem-Solving Skills

• Presentation skills: L&D Toolkit Playlist, LinkedIn Learning Collection

• Influencing skills: L&D Toolkit Playlist, LinkedIn Learning Collection

• Delegation skills: L&D Toolkit Playlist, LinkedIn Learning Collection

TSLD011 Online learning: Difficult conversations, Feedback, Influencing and Presentation skills (internal eLearning resources)

L&D Toolkit: University of Manchester Popular Playlists

LinkedIn Learning: University of Manchester Learning Collections

 

Project management

A guide to developing your project management capabilities (Adobe Spark article)

Project Manager Development pages (internal pages)

LinkedIn Learning Pathway: Become a Project Manager

LinkedIn Learning Pathway: Become a Project Coordinator

LinkedIn Learning Collection: Project Management - Practitioner Level

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Project Management Overview

LinkedIn Learning Collection: Process Improvement

P&DR resources

Staff News article: Performance and Development Reviews to go ahead as usual (4 Jun 2020)

Staffnet pages Performance & development reviews

Managers’ Essentials: Reviewing Performance (internal guidance and supporting resources)

Managers’ Essentials: Managing Performance (internal guidance and supporting resources)

TSLD83 Managing Virtually (virtual workshop)

TSLD011 Online learning: Difficult conversations, Feedback, Influencing and Presentation skills (internal eLearning resources)

Supporting personal development conversations

Managers’ Essentials: Developing your people (internal guidance and supporting resources)

Creating your Personal Development Plan (internal guidance and supporting resources)

Getting the best from online learning (internal guidance)

Wellbeing

Coronavirus – wellbeing support webpages (including Manager guidance below)

Guidance on supporting staff wellbeing during Coronavirus (internal guidance for managers)

Guidance on keeping in touch with staff on furlough (internal guidance for managers)

Wellbeing Support on StaffNet (internal webpages and supporting resources)

University Counselling Service

Wellbeing through change support (internal webpages and supporting resources)

Wellbeing through change support - Looking after others (internal webpages and supporting resources)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Wellbeing for Managers (various short articles)

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Personal Wellbeing (various short articles)

TSLD84 Mental Health for People Managers (virtual workshop)

Building and sustaining resilience - webinar recording

Welcoming and induction for new starters

Managers’ Essentials: Welcoming new starters (internal guidance and resources)

Essential training list for all new starters (list of courses with links)

LinkedIn Learning: Onboarding new hires (1h course)

SL&D New Starters pages

Working remotely

Working remotely staffnet pages

L&D Toolkit Playlist: Working Remotely (various short articles)

Staffnet news: Working from home (see all FAQs)

ITS Guide to working remotely at The University of Manchester (guidance document)

Media Services Zoom information page

Media Services Zoom guide (internal guide to using Zoom)

How to prevent Zoom bombing: 5 simple tips (external site)

Security tips for using Zoom (external site)

Microsoft Office 365 support pages (Staffnet pages)

StaffNet information about setting up your workstation (health and safety guidance)

Zoom Users Yammer Group (hints, tips and tech support)