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Career Ladders for Maintenance Professionals

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Lack of a formal program for career advancement for maintenance professionals at Upper Occoquan Service Authority (UOSA) has had a negative impact on retaining staff in the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Division.

To solve this issue an O&M Career Ladder was developed during 2007 and 2008. The Career Ladder enables personal development for the majority of the O&M staff and advancement to higher pay-grades and more responsibility. To move up the Career Ladder the employee must learn certain predetermined skills and be able to show his/her manager that they possess those skills by passing tests.

The O&M Career Ladder provides an opportunity for maintenance staff to be recognized and rewarded for their skills. It encourages development of a well-rounded skill set with emphasis on more training and personal development. A well trained staff should be able to perform tasks more efficiently, which is essential during our current financial hardships.

Keywords: career advancement; career ladder; career path; maintenance staff; proficiencies; promotions; retaining staff; skills

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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