18.09.2017

HR development and staff training

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The success of the University of Jyvaskyla is based on expert staff committed to the work community. Human resources are supported with management, well-functioning structures, and resources allocated to support and personnel services.

The employees are expected to take responsibility for the quality and results of their work as well as for their own development and their work community's wellbeing. The University provides the conditions for the employees to develop their own work and expertise, and to contribute to the development of the organization and work community.

Orientation

The University organizes orientation sessions twice a year for its international staff, grant researchers and visitors and for the international spouses. The orientation sessions take place in early September and in January. It's highly recommended for every international staff member, grant researcher, visitor and spouse to participate in the orientation session in order to get information on living in Finland, working at the University of Jyväskylä as well as on library services. In addition you will find further information on Finnish language courses which the University provides as well as working in a multicultural environment.

Slides from the Orientation sessions on 8 September 2017

Orientation for International Staff, Grant Researchers and Visitors, International Staff Services, pdf

Wellbeing and Staff training, HRD, pdf

Finnish as a Second Language, Language Centre, pdf

Open Science Centre/Library, pdf

Orientation for International Spouses, International Staff Services, pdf

Development discussions

Development discussions between each employee and his/her supervisor are regularly carried out in all University units. They provide an opportunity to address future challenges and related career plans and give recognition and thanks.

Development discussions will also be used as a tool for developing competence. The needs and expectations highlighted in the development discussions will be adapted to unit‐specific goals and to the work plans of individual employees or corresponding agreements on work duties.

Staff training

University supports employee participation in staff training, University Sports and cultural activities. Staff training is available for employees (monthly-paid) and is normally free of charge.

Staff training courses vary from IT and library skills to languages. More information can be found on:

University Sports and culture

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The University of Jyväskylä is famous for its University Sports offering which covers varied exercise, for example, dancing, ball games, martial arts and water sports.

Group fitness classes require a paid sports sticker but unsupervised classes are mostly free of charge.

The Culture Committee organises cultural events and trips and offers a variety of crafts courses for staff and students.