Employee Development



Agency HR offices are the primary advisors to supervisors and managers on how to develop employees, helping them to do their jobs more effectively through a variety of programs and best practices.

Commonwealth policies outline the requirements for performance reviews and provide guidance on recognizing employees who do their jobs well in addition to management of poorly performing employees.

Successful workforce planning relies heavily on a comprehensive employee development strategy. Find out more about workforce planning at the commonwealth.

Evaluating Performance

Employee performance reviews are the mechanism used in the commonwealth to assess performance of most employees. Select groups of employees including attorneys have unique performance evaluation systems.

Developing Employee Skills

HR professionals can help employees gain skills they may need to grow in their current or future positions by facilitating their participation in OA programs including:

There are also programs available for employees who may want to move their career at the commonwealth in a new direction:

Note: 2013-2014 programs not being offered - Please check back in 2014.

Managing Performance

HR professionals help supervisors manage performance. They assist when employees who are not performing their work in a satisfactory way may be subject to discipline.

Recognition acknowledges great results and encourages positive performance. Management Directive 505.23 Employee Recognition Programs provides policy and guidelines for agency recognition programs. Agencies are encouraged to develop an agency recognition program that acknowledges employee accomplishments in a variety of areas, such as outstanding performance, retirement, longevity, and judicious use of leave. Some low and no cost ideas are available for your reference.

Performance Management Resources

In addition to training made available to HR professionals and supervisors through the Keystone Academy for Learning, the following tools are provided to help HR professionals understand performance management and advise supervisors:

Contact Us

The OA-Human Resources' Bureau of Workforce Planning and Development is available to assist with employee development and can be contacted at 717.787.3813.