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Benchmarking Career Paths for the STEM Disciplines
October 6, 2011 at 11:39 am #143022
I am part of a cross-government action learning team doing a project on career pathing for GS 12s-14s in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. We are seeking out agencies and other organizations that have strong career development programs (formal or informal, full programs or components) that we can benchmark against. We are interested in identifying developmental and career support guidance and experiences to help prepare people for leadership positions within their organization. Do you know of any organizations or agencies that have successful programs we should learn more about?
October 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm #143042
Here in the Risk Management Agency (USDA/RMA) we have a rather robust plan. While most of the documentation is on our intranet, I can provide several documents, etc. if you would like. Here in the Risk Management Agency (USDA/RMA) we have a rather robust plan. While most of the documentation is on our intranet, I can provide several documents, etc. if you would like. Here is a short excerpt pertaining to onboarding:
As a supervisor, your role in the onboarding of the USDA’s new employees is a critical one. Onboarding is the process of integrating employees into their new work environment. It starts before their first day, goes beyond the orientation process and follows the employee through their first year of employment.
Effective employee onboarding serves three interrelated purposes. First, it ensures that the employee feels welcome, comfortable, prepared and supported. Second, these feelings increase the new employee’s ability to be productive and successful, both immediately and over time. Finally, this employee success leads to satisfaction and retention, which allows the USDA to continue to fulfill its mission.
Employees arrive at their new jobs excited and engaged. Your job, as their supervisor, is to channel that energy toward success by helping them become embedded in the organization. As a supervisor, your role is to welcome your new employees, introduce them to the culture and values of the USDA, explain what is expected of them, and supervise their employment and experience. We are counting on you to help make their transition and employment as smooth and successful as possible.
The onboarding process begins with your first phone call the week before the employee starts work and continues with you meeting with them on the first day. Each new employee should receive a welcome letter, preferably before their day at work, using this template.
While onboarding is a year-long process, the first 90 days are critical. To facilitate your role, here is a link to the checklist you will need to focus on during your employee’s first 90 days.
It is your responsibility to ensure that each of these items is covered with your new employee. By attending to the items on the checklist, you will create a stronger bond with your employee and ensure a faster path to productivity and inclusion. We also have developed a guide to assist you.
Being an effective supervisor is critically important for the success of new employees. We appreciate your attention and dedication to this crucial process. Please contact your HR specialist with any questions regarding this process.
October 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm #143040
hopefully your results will be available to all of us since this is an area that seems to be lacking in many government agencies
October 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm #143038
Those templates and checklists would be very helpful!
October 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm #143036
October 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm #143034
Thanks for the link, Joe!
October 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm #143032
You're welcome. Let me know if I can be of further service.
October 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm #143030
October 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm #143028
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed communities of practice for technical disciplines to help a dispersed workforce build competency. For a copy of the order establishing the discipline see the Technical Career Tracks Program. For a description of different disciplines, see this page from the Western Federal Lands Division Office.
October 18, 2011 at 11:23 am #143026
Thank you very much, David. I had not thought to look at FHWA, but with all their engineering expertise, it makes sense.
December 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm #143024
Dave, I wish some other government organizations can see your agency's plan and implement them. They will sure help with the attainment of a productive and successful department. Acceptance and feeling welcome on the part of the new employee is key to stimulating their motivations to do their best.
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