Do you remember that song by Sting about setting your people free? I think he was actually singing about people mobility at UC Berkeley. We all know managers who find someone they love and are amazing at their job, and instead of setting them free, they attempt to hold onto them at all costs. Indeed, our strongest managers here at Berkeley are the ones who “set them free” and support their best people by exploring different projects, teams and units. They allow and wholeheartedly endorse them attending a networking event, working on a project in a different team, even applying for roles in different departments. They celebrate their people when they move onto bigger and better things!
Here are some ways to support your people’s career development:
- SET A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GOAL – To reflect the importance of professional development for all staff, we are requiring that for FY18, at least one performance review goal be focused on professional development. A professional development goal can include anything from committing to network with 4 people in different departments, to taking a training/course, to employing a different approach to work. You remember the adage: what’s measured gets done… hold your employees accountable for this goal as much as any of their other goals. It’s not ok to skip this one!
- BE MINDFUL OF EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE – In Central HR we are changing how we approach engagement. New additions to our team include Terrie Moore and James Dudek, focused on employee lifecycle which includes career progression, or as I call it, ‘people mobility,’ and the employee experience. In fact James is tasked with examining what we do to make that experience a great one for UC Berkeley employees, starting with how we bring on-board new people. What is your employees’ experience? Are you providing them opportunities to reconnect with the mission of our University (the reason why so many of us are here)? Are you taking time out to appreciate them and recognize project-based or sustained outstanding work?
- GO BACK TO “SCHOOL” – One way to instantly energize an employee is to encourage them to sign up for a class. We have free resources, such as lynda.com, UC Learning Center and University Extension (UNEX) at their disposal. Lynda.com has over 5,000 training classes available 24/7, while our partnership with UNEX gives all staff one free course a year. Popular UNEX examples include project management and business writing while lynda.com has everything from photography to guitar playing!
The takeaway here is: please support your people’s career development and career mobility. We don’t want our people going around humming the Clash song ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ It’s our job to retain our talented people at Berkeley… but that doesn’t mean they have to stay in the same role, on the same team, or within the same unit for their entire career.
Jo Mackness, Interim AVC-HR