It's time for this year's staff development dialogues

During September, October and November 2017, the annual staff development dialogues (SDD) will be held for all staff at Aarhus University.

2017.09.12 | Camilla Schrøder

Photo: Lars Kruse

The staff development dialogue (SDD) is an annual development dialogue which gives you an opportunity to balance expectations concerning results, task performance, goals and any competence development needs with your immediate manager.

Competency development covers all activities which develop and keep the individual employee’s qualifications and skills up to date in relation to current and future work challenges.

Read more about competency development at the university in AU’s ‘Framework and principles for competency development’.

Additional information
AU’s SDD concept contains dialogue guides and guidelines for all groups of employees and is available in Danish and English. Read more at

Facts about the SDD and competency development at AU

  • At public workplaces, the SDD is a mandatory, annual development dialogue between employee and manager.
  • The purpose of the SDD is to give managers and employees an opportunity to talk about future goals, tasks, well-being – and not least competency development.
  • The SDD is a dialogue about the employee’s personal and professional development as well as a strategic management tool which helps to ensure that the employee has the required competencies to be able to contribute to the fulfilment of future goals and requirements.
  • Competency development at Aarhus University is the development of research competencies, teaching competencies, general/supplementary competencies, administrative competencies and managerial competencies and takes place at many levels with very different contents and perspectives. 
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