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Successful Workforce Practices

Federal leaders have a passion for creating a culture in which employees can flourish and recognize that there are many innovative ways to bring about positive change.

It's with this in mind that the President's Management Agenda's (PMA) Developing a Workforce for the 21st Century subcommittee for Improving Employee Performance Management and Engagement collected successful workforce practices from across the Federal government and then created a platform to share them broadly. Federal leaders, supervisors, and HR practitioners can now easily review, evaluate, adopt – or adapt – these proven successful practices with minimal effort.

The practices highlighted below are just a sampling of those that can be found on the PMA Successful Practices page. Be sure to bookmark – and check in periodically – for the latest in Federal workforce successful practices!

Highlighted Successful Practices

Successful Leaders Program

President's Management Agenda - Successful Leaders Program
"Successful Leaders Program" Flysheet

At the Environmental Protection Agency

The Successful Leaders Program (SLP) is a highly successful program that was created to provide systematic training and development to managers to help develop leadership competencies. Designed and implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the SLP has been highly effective and has proven to be extremely popular among new supervisors.

Career Climbers Cohort

President's Management Agenda - Career Climbers Cohort
"Career Climbers Cohort" Flysheet

At Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

This program brings together staff who are new to their role and want to learn about what it takes to be a star performer. The cohort has a limited number of slots and involves a 90-minute meeting every 3 weeks for 6 total sessions. Session topics include: Going Above and Beyond, Connecting with the Mission, Navigating Past Hurdles, Managing Up, Effective Networking, and Building Relationships.

Engagement Box Program

President's Management Agenda - Engagement Box Program
"Engagement Box Program" Flysheet

From the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National Center for Organization Development (NCOD)

The VHA NCOD developed employee engagement materials designed to raise senior leader awareness and provide them with ideas for improving engagement at their sites. A series of four boxes were designed, built, and mailed to executives including tools for promoting employee engagement, that of their leadership team, and a book related to the quarterly theme. The boxes were organized to be consistent with the four drivers within the Department of Veteran Affairs’ enterprise-wide plan: servant leadership behaviors, employee’s voice, innovative environment, and people focus.

Employee Viewpoint Survey Analysis and Results Tool (EVS ART)

President's Management Agenda - Employee Viewpoint Survey Analysis and Results Tool (EVS ART)
"Employee Viewpoint Survey Analysis and Results Tool (EVS ART)" Flysheet

At Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

EVS ART is an innovative tool that can save the government millions of dollars annually in time—while providing better, quicker analysis of FEVS results. It is a free and easy-to-use Excel-based tool that sorts survey data into relevant, customizable metrics that enable leaders and staff to see their organization's strengths and opportunities for improvement. EVS ART offers heat maps and color-coded index measures to better understand employee sentiments and areas for improvement, using the OPM’s guidance for interpreting results.

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