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thHuman Capital Management – Defense: 6 Annual Awards Nomination
Category 2: Best Workforce Development Program
Recognizing the best program in advancing opportunities for high performing employees; providing training and competency development to continuously engage and motivate the workforce.
Clarke Consulting would like to nominate: Team Ships Culture Initiative Nominee POC: Gary Humes
Name of Organization: Team Ships, US Navy
Addresses Current Challenges
Team Ships, a unit of the U.S. Navy, builds and maintains the nation’s surface ships
from cradle to grave. The complex, 10-?‐50 year shipbuilding and lifecycle
maintenance process requires skilled, knowledgeable, and responsive personnel. Team Ships has also doubled in size since 2007. This creates strong exigency for training and knowledge transfer. With additional pressures from budget cuts and many legacy employees reaching retirement, it is essential to employ, train and retain a proficient employee base to continue the significant Team Ships mission. The challenge is talent management in a changing environment.
The Culture Initiative is a proactive approach to address these challenges through
leadership development, organizational assessment, strategic planning, and implementation of new programs for workforce enrichment. With support from top tier admirals and senior executives, the initiative connects culture to performance and enhances the mission-?‐driven organization by creating a powerful environment that engages the workforce to maximize performance.
The principles of the Culture Initiative are total workforce inclusion and
constructive environments. Contrary to a top-?‐down approach, all staff members are
empowered to have an impact on the organization and encouraged to make real-?‐
time improvements, thereby connecting their personal contribution to mission accomplishment.
The initiative introduces collaborative tools and creative solutions. The use of group intelligence software and electronic collaboration tools allows for effective facilitation of strategic planning sessions. The mentoring program is custom-?‐
designed as a low-?‐tech, high-?‐touch mechanism to support intradepartmental
communication, knowledge sharing, performance efficiencies and ultimately Navy-?‐
wide mission execution. The Team Ships Culture Initiative sets itself apart with
roots in the organization proven by data, results and boots on the ground at Washington Navy Yard.
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Measurable Benefits to the Organization
Linking talent development to improved organizational performance, the Culture Initiative has high impact with measurable and lasting outcomes. The organizational health index nearly tripled from 186 in 2002 to 510 in 2008, and resulted in the expansion of the culture initiative. Team Ships has also experienced significant gains in employee satisfaction, inter-?‐unit coordination and employee motivation by
43.7%, 41.03% and 42.41%, respectively.
In the past two years, Team Ships successfully recruited and trained 300 new employees in various competencies. Team Ships also launched a successful internal Boot Camp program, and created the initial curriculum for an accredited shipbuilding acquisition program at Defense Acquisition University. These
programs focus on the acquisition process with attention to the complexities of shipbuilding, and grew based on feedback from new employees -?‐ reinforcing the
principles of workforce inclusion and development. The Team Ships Culture
cultivates a strong, effective and high-?‐performing workforce. Initiative thus
Supports Overall Goals of the Organization
The Culture Initiative helps achieve goals from Team Ships, the Human Capital office, and the Department of the Navy. One of Team Ships FY’12 goals is to
implement a Team Ships Mentoring Program. The mentoring program is one of the key accomplishments of the 2011-?‐2012 Culture Initiative. The human capital goals
are to have an “agile, knowledgeable and responsive workforce,” and to be
considered a ‘Best Place to Work.’ The work of the Team Ships Culture Initiative
directly addresses these needs, with programs highlighting talent management and culture. It also aligns with the Department of the Navy goal to “develop and
effectively utilize a fully integrated workforce.”
The Team Ships Culture Initiative engages and motivates employees in a way that harvests and cultivates internal talents, creates an effective and constructive environment, and cascades competencies throughout the ranks.