Original Date: 08/20/2001
Revision Date: 12/14/2006
Best Practice : Employer of Choice: A Focused Approach
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems implemented the Employer of Choice: A Focused Approach as comprehensive, multifaceted programs aimed at attracting new employees and retaining experienced ones. These programs focus on the achievement of business goals and objectives, as well as address key issues such as quality of work life, growth and development, diversity, and work/life balance.
In the past, efforts to address Employer of Choice programs were isolated, often departmentally focused missions. Today’s workforce is seeking an improved balance between work and non-work activities, so the need for change became self-evident. In response, Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems (NE&SS-SS) developed Employer of Choice: A Focused Approach as a way to attract new talent and retain experienced employees.
Employer of Choice consists of comprehensive, multifaceted programs, aimed at increasing the satisfaction level of employees and their overall effectiveness at work. Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS identifies, develops, and implements policies and programs that support the achievement of business goals and objectives, as well as positively addresses key issues such as quality of work life, growth and development, diversity, and work/life balance.
Examples of Employer of Choice policies and programs include: Employee Development Subjects which include continuing education for both career and personal development; 100% tuition reimbursement for up to two courses per semester; a total knowledge network with hundreds of computer-based training courses; and a formal mentoring program to develop and retain high potential employees.
Flexible Work Schedules allow employees to custom design a 40-hour work week to best balance their personal and business needs and commitments.
Concierge Services provide personal services and professional expertise. This allows employees to satisfy personal needs while continuing to function productively at work. Services include buying cars, making personal travel plans, and booking hotel or restaurant reservations.
Community Outreach Programs include Minorities in Engineering, Future Engineers and Scientist Outreach Program, Public Responsibility Team, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Network of Volunteer Associates, and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Recycling.
Since implementing the Employer of Choice programs, Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS has attracted over 900 new hires in the past two business years and employee attrition is at its lowest in three years. The result is a workplace where employees are empowered to make decisions, where they feel included, and where they can play a significant role in the business while growing and developing to their full potential and successfully managing both work and personal commitments.
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