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Kiel University would like to apply strategic personnel development in different aspects of work to have a positive influence on the working day of its staff members. To this end, we are initiating and coordinating various services and projects on different topics and for different groups of staff.

Strategic personnel development, in this context, means that in addition to providing our own services and coordination with and consideration for other institutes at Kiel University, we also keep the university’s overall goals in mind, for example those described in the structural development plan (STEP) and the target agreements with the state.

We see ourselves as

  • ... the central responsible competence and service office.
  • ... a point of contact for all staff members.
  • ... a coordination point with other university institutes and areas we consider our cooperation partners


We consequently define our chief tasks as the following

  • We consider the basic understanding of the Kiel University organisation and derive consequences for personnel development.
  • We initiate specific projects as pilots and evaluate them. When necessary, we make use of existing structures in their implementation.
  • Professional continuing development of existing structures
    In close collaboration with our colleagues, we work on topics such as leadership and advisory skills and, for example, can also provide support in recruiting procedures.
  • Individual advice
    We can provide advice on your own issues.

The primary task of Personnel Development is the development of skills throughout the entire staff force. But the areas of influence of PD go beyond that core focus. We also consider individual needs, interests, potentials and motivations. All our services and projects are intended to contribute to a pleasant, healthy working atmosphere that permits excellent performance.

This also applies to activities in health management, which we regard as an additional task of Personnel Development.


Confidentiality in Personnel Development

Personnel matters are always confidential. So is advice.

As a Personnel Development team, we are part of the Human Resources Department. The content of all discussions in the Personnel Development Division still remains confidential. It can only be shared with personnel clerks or others at your explicit request.

We consider confidentiality to be an absolutely essential basic requirement.

Personnel development in general

Personnel development is frequently associated with the plans of individual staff members to achieve qualifications with the aim of being promoted.

But personnel development can do more. We want to make that clear.

In general, personnel development is defined as follows:

  • "The goal [of personnel development] is the qualification of people on the basis of individual needs as well as the needs of the organisation.
  • Personnel education, personnel support and organisational development (in the sense of structuring of work) are closely coordinated.
  • This is used to derive suitable measures and strategies." (Definition according to Becker, 2005)


Measures and instruments in personnel development include, for example:

  • Further and continued education - both professional and personal
  • Training and trainee programmes
  • Coaching - individual, teams, peers
  • Mentoring / supervision / advice (by colleagues)
  • Moderation and mediation
  • Analysis of potential / 360° feedback
  • Job enlargement / job enrichment / job rotation
  • Relocation / promotion
  • Target agreements / performance reviews / assessments

You can find our current projects and services here, and additional instruments can be selected and developed to meet specific needs. We would also be happy to offer a personal consultation.