Human Capital

Supervisor/Manager Tools and Resources for Growing Your Team

You are responsible knowing your employees and having an idea about their career goals, as well as having a deep understanding of the mission and organizational goals. Your job in this aspect is to find or create connections between what the organization needs, and your employees’ skills, abilities and when possible, interests. Below are tools and resources you can access to begin creating a culture of employee development in your office. Make discussions with your employees regarding their career goals a regular part of checking in with your employees.


► DOI Talent
DOI Talent is the current Department Learning Management System. Here, you can search for and request enrollment in training classes offered by USGS, and other bureaus in DOI. Traditional classroom training, online training, and blended hybrid classes are available.

► SkillSoft
This is a great free resource for you and your employees. SkillSoft's library of over 2,000 online courses is available 24/7 and covers a wide range of topics. SkillSoft offers courses that satisfy many mandatory training requirements including Diversity/EEO and Role-Based Security Training (RBST) for IT personnel. Skillsoft courses can be found in the DOI Talent system.  

► Organizational Development
If you and your team are experiencing new challenges, need teambuilding, or are going through a transition or change, then the Organizational Development team may be what you need. They will work with leaders and managers to gather data, and define issues, helping you to determine the appropriate course of action. They have many tools and resources available to help you navigate tricky or challenging situations.

► Leadership Development
Growing skilled leaders is extremely important to the success of the USGS in achieving its mission. We believe that leaders exist at all levels of our organization. This program grows our future leaders.

► Mentoring Program
If you are looking to provide cost-effective training and development for your team, while encouraging professional and personal growth, then this is a great program to share with your employees. It is an effective form of knowledge transfer with a personal side that provides unique benefits to both mentoring partners.

► Supervisory Development Program
If you or someone on your team needs help navigating the role of supervisor, then this program has the tools and resources to help you succeed. The Supervisory Challenge class meets the 40-hour mandatory requirement for all new supervisors. Beyond that, you can get 360 feedback to help you improve, or access the Supervisor’s Toolkit for additional resources.

► Workforce Planning
Workforce and succession planning are critical to the success of our organization. The USGS Workforce and Succession Planning website has lots of tools and resources to help supervisors and managers get started and work through the planning process.

► Career Development Program
The USGS Career Development Program (CDP) is a unique training program that enables managers to provide career change opportunities for qualified DOI and/or USGS employees. When you have a talented employee, who is an asset to our organization, but their career goals are not aligned with their current position, this program provides one way to help them transition to a new role so they can remain at the USGS doing their best work.

► Individual Development Plan
The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a tool used to create a unique training and development plan for each employee. This website provides guidance through the IDP process. As a supervisor, make time at the beginning of each fiscal year to talk with your employees about their career goals, the needs of the organization, and what kind of training or other developmental opportunities your employees can take advantage of in the coming year to meet both employee and organizational needs.

► Training Policy
When you need to know the most up to date policy on training and development, look here. This page contains links to OPM, DOI, and USGS policies so you can find the information you need.

► Links to Additional Training Sources
There are many of training providers and commercial vendors that can meet your needs. When you contact a vendor for training, be sure to ask if they offer a discount or special government pricing. This list is in no way comprehensive, nor an endorsement, but does provide a starting point as you look for specific training opportunities. As a supervisor or manager, the USGS Training Officer can assist you through the training procurement process.

► Training and Development Strategies
Training classes aren’t always the answer, nor are they always the best development tool to meet every need. Use the flow chart provided to see what other options are available and help you decide what developmental opportunities will best meet you and your employees’ needs.

► Cross-training, Details, Collateral Duty opportunities
The Shared Workforce Ad Portal (SWAP) is a tool for USGS managers to share workforce resources to complete short-term work assignments as well as to fill permanent positions using lateral assignments. You can also encourage your employees’ growth and development by supporting their interest to apply for a detail position.


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