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 time off if more than 20% of the team is requesting to attend and we can't accommodate 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.