The Shipyard employs 4,330 people (3,725 civilians and 605 military personnel). Despite certain problems inherent to both a large organization and a government structure, this organization is very impressive in its efforts to include employee participation throughout the organization.
Of note is the Beneficial Suggestion Program, which actively encourages employees to submit ideas that benefit the government in cost savings, and provides recognition and financial rewards to those whose ideas are adopted. Both civilian and military employees, and even private citizens, are able to make suggestions and receive rewards.
Another outstanding feature is the emphasis on specialized training for supervisors and managers, helping them to be more responsive to employee needs and to learn how to utilize employees as positive resources for the organization. All new supervisors complete specific training requirements, which take place at 6-month and 12-month intervals. Supervisors and managers are required to enroll in leadership development. Employees also may enroll on a voluntary basis.
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