Professional Development and Community Participation
Background - the Why
CivicActions set a goal of developing individual Professional Development plans for all team members in early 2014. We also set a goal of strengthening Community Participation in 2014 and leveraging the intersection of participation and Marketing (See 5% Presentation).
We value Professional Development and Community Participation for a number of reasons:
Professional Development increases your skills which can result in increased revenue opportunities for CivicActions and higher salary for you
Professional Development provides career mobility for each person - increasing our feeling of safety, which leads to:
- Having the courage to fail - which leads to experimentation, innovation, and learning
- Having the courage to challenge the status quo - which leads to organizational learning
- Having the courage to be vulnerable - which leads to authentic communications and connection
- Open minded thinking - which leads to increased tolerance of others ideas and personality styles
Community Participation provides numerous benefits, including:
- Strengthened relationships with experts that can help when we are stuck
- Career advancement opportunities (potential new employment offers) for each of us, which increases our feeling of safety
- Opportunities to increase the impact of the work being done by our entire industry - which helps with our mission to transform the way professional services are delivered in government
- Opportunities for CivicActions to popularize the idea of radical openness, which strengthens our brand
Logistics and Policy Information
Each team member will meet with their manager or mentor for a Professional Development and Community Participation meeting, at least once a year.
The output of the first meeting will be a Professional Development and Community Participation plan, customized to address individual needs and captured on a Trello board.
Each full-time team member is eligible for a yearly stipend of $1,200.
- The stipend will be prorated for team members contracted to work less than full-time (40 hours/week).
- New team members will have a 3-month (90 day) wait period before becoming eligible for a professional development stipend and it will be earned throughout the first year.
- Purchases under $50 can be made without approval, as long as they support professional development goals. Receipts and expense sheets should be submitted in the usual way, noting as professional development costs.
For conferences or other group events, we may decline timeoff if more than 20% of the team is requesting to attend and we can't accomodate the project work while so many are out.
Two (2) months' notice is needed on spends above $300. From time to time we may also cap the total monthly professional development spend across the company, dependent on the budget and cash flow outlook for the month.
- We have a #prodev Slack channel for prodev-related communication.