Original Date: 02/19/2007
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Best Practice : Employee Development Council
The Employee Development Council at Raytheon’s Network Centric Manufacturing Center in Largo, Florida, provides a systematic process that identifies employee concerns, addresses those concerns as a business need or gap, and develops solutions that are aligned with company goals. The Employee Development Council provides an infrastructure to bridge the gap between employee performance and the business that positively impacts employee satisfaction by providing career development needs for Raytheon and the Largo facility.
As part of its continuous improvement efforts, Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems (NCS) Manufacturing Center in Largo, Florida, conducts a biannual survey of its entire employee population followed by a detailed follow-up survey performed on 10-15% of the population. In the past, issues identified in the employee surveys were forwarded to Human Resources (HR) for improvement and follow up. Initiatives from HR were typically not connected to company strategic and technical goals, resulting in corrective actions that did not always have the commitment of the employee and management.
In 2005 Raytheon's leadership team formed an Employee Development Council (EDC) specifically to address issues identified in employee surveys and provide solutions aligned with organizational goals. The EDC is comprised of strategic and tactical subteams. The EDC Strategic Team members are a subgroup of the Raytheon Leadership Team and functions to identify long-range needs and current gaps for the Largo site. The EDC Tactical Team is comprised of employees with an “above-expected” performance rating and is led by a member of the Raytheon Leadership Team. Members are salaried employees from various functional and product areas of the organization and include managers and non-managers, new hires, and veteran employees. The Tactical Team owns strategies and determines how to effectively address the needs and gaps identified by the Strategic Team. After a solution initiative has been rolled out, the Tactical Team responsible dissolves and a new Tactical Team is formed to address the next priority identified by the Strategic Team.
The EDC solutions are approved directly by the Raytheon Leadership Council and are rolled out as business initiatives tied into performance evaluations for employees and supervisors, when applicable, to improve and promote organizational commitment. This process results in an improved synchronization of employee performance and development with corporate goals. The EDC has the authority to tap into other available Raytheon organizations for collaborative solutions; for example, e.g., the Florida Region Rotation Program was developed in conjunction with the Diversity Council to provide career-broadening experience to the Largo employees.
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