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Workforce Development

Program Overview

The Workforce Development program is an enterprise framework which provides a variety of systems, processes, resources, and tools to support the employment lifecycle and the successful achievement of each state agency's mission.  The Workforce Development program will provide state agencies tools and resources in the following areas as they are developed.
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Workforce Planning

Workforce planning is a data centered analysis that predicts and plans for the skills needed for the workforce. This methodology provides managers with a framework for making human resource decisions based on the organization’s mission, strategic plan, budgetary resources and desired workforce competencies.
Tools and resources to be developed.
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Talent Acquisition

Talent Acquisition is the ongoing cycle of processes related to attracting, sourcing, recruiting, and hiring employees within an agency.

Resources Currently Available to Agencies

Recruitment and Selection Resources
Recruitment is a collaborative process between Human Resources and the Hiring Manager.  Together, you can attract skilled and talented individuals to serve the citizens of Oregon.  There are several resources available on the HR Online Reference Guide.

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On-boarding is the mechanism through which new state employees acquire the necessary foundational knowledge, skills and behaviors to become effective. Tactics used in this process include new employee orientations, welcome packets, meetings with key customers and co-workers, introduction to the agency and state government. 

Resources Currently Available to Agencies

Statewide New Employee Orientation Curriculum
This curriculum was developed for all state agencies to enhance their current New Employee Orientation curriculum or have a resource available for state agencies that don’t have a formal curriculum in place.  Agencies can customize the curriculum to meet their needs.

Employee Orientation Resources
A critical part of the hiring process is the employee's orientation to the state of Oregon, the agency and the worksite.  There are several resources available on the HR Online Reference Guide.
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Employee Performance Management

Employee performance management is an ongoing process that assesses employee behavior and results in an effective and efficient manner.

Resources Currently Available to Agencies

Performance Management Resources
Employees need guidance and direction throughout employment to be successful.  The agency has a responsibility to provide an environment conducive to learning and productivity.  Agency Human Resources (HR) guides supervisors in appropriate performance management.  There are several resources available on the HR Online Reference Guide.

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Employee and Organizational Development

Organizational development is the change process that supports improvement of the enterprise as a whole.  It provides a framework for agencies to understand the current situation and identify opportunities for improvement to meet the agency mission and goals.  Employee development is a strategic investment in the development of the workforce so they are prepared to carry out the agency’s mission and goals.

Resources Currently Available to Agencies

iLearnOregon is the state of Oregon's enterprise-wide learning management system.  State employees access iLearnOregon to enroll in agency-specific or statewide learning courses.  Additional features include development plans, skill surveys and performance evaluations.  For more information, visit the iLearnOregon Resource Center.

OregonConnect is the state of Oregon’s enterprise-wide virtual classroom and web-meetings tool.  State employees conduct online training webinars and facilitate virtual team meetings with this tool. It is also being used to record synchronous (live) trainings that are then posted in the iLearnOregon catalog.  

GovSpace is the state of Oregon's social business platform.  It can be an effective tool for learning purposes - building ongoing virtual learning communities. 

Management Development Series - Foundational Training Program
The Foundational Training Program has been redesigned to consist of 8 modules that provide fundamental management skills for new managers or managers who need a refresher.  For more information and registration click here.  If you have additional questions, please contact Brandy Meng at brandy.meng@oregon.gov.

Oregon Project Management Training
The Oregon Project Management Training Program is designed to develop leaders in the project management field.  If you have any questions regarding certificate requirements, please contact Sara Hargrave at 503-378-4202 or sara.hargrave@oregon.gov.

Leadership Oregon
The Leadership Oregon program is state government’s internal leadership development program. Started in 1989 and sponsored by the Chief Operating Office/DAS Director the current yearlong program meets 2 days a month. Management service staff (salary range 32 and above preferred) are selected based on the recommendation of their agency’s director. Participation is limited. The enrollment process period occurs in the fall with the program beginning in January. For more information, please contact Lucy Gardner at lucy.gardner@oregon.gov or visit the Leadership Oregon web site, http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/LO


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Retention and Exiting

Retention and exiting strategies serve to retain valued employees through advancement and ongoing rewards, manage existing employees’ transitions gracefully, improve the work environment and facilitate knowledge transfer and tools. Initiatives that enhance employee engagement help retain valued employees.    
Resources Currently Available to Agencies
In order for the state to have consistent information about employees who voluntarily leave state service or transfer to another state agency, the Governor’s Affirmative Action Office and DAS Chief Human Resource Office ask exiting employee’s to complete an on-line exit interview. The tool gathers exit information to show trends and possible areas of concern that can be addressed through changes in policy and practice.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
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