Original Date: 05/01/2000
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Employee Development and Recognition
Northrop Grumman Defensive Systems Division (DSD) has instituted various Employee Development and Recognition programs. Initial efforts began with educational classes at the local community college and expanded into graduate degree work. Additionally, the company established formal programs to recognize and award its employees for outstanding performance on the job.
Northrop Grumman DSD maintains strong relationships with local educational institutions, and draws on their resources to assist with the further enhancement of the company’s educational needs. Since 1979, the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Interactive Instructional Television system has been a mainstay of Northrop Grumman DSD’s technical education efforts. The coursework, delivered by line-of-sight transmission from the John Hancock Building in Chicago, has produced many Masters Degree and Doctoral recipients within the company’s workforce. Northrop Grumman DSD’s partnership with the William Rainey Harper Community College has spanned over 30 years. Here, employees have been involved in numerous capacities such as student, adjunct faculty, Advisory Boards, Educational Foundation Board, and Board of Trustees. The company frequently brought Harper College coursework on-site to assist employees in furthering their formal education. Another relationship is through the local high school district to foster employee enhancement of mathematics, reading, comprehension, and English as a second language.
Several programs have been implemented to recognize outstanding contributions by employees: The Quality Award Program provides recognition and monetary rewards to Operations personnel whose exemplary efforts result in high quality production. Efforts are acknowledged in various areas including customer satisfaction, exceptional effort, problem resolution, valuable suggestions, high yields, and process, system, or product improvement.
The Timely Awards Plan provides timely recognition and remuneration of outstanding individual and team accomplishments beyond their normal performance. Nominations are made by supervisors, managers, or team leaders. The Director of Human Resources and the Employee Recognition Committee review the nominations and determine the award levels.
The President’s Leadership Award recognizes outstanding employees who demonstrate leadership qualities through their accomplishments. These employees attend a dinner in their honor and receive a plaque of commendation.
Northrop Grumman DSD’s Employee Development and Recognition programs have been valuable motivators that encourage education and success. Employees achieve satisfaction and self-esteem through education, acknowledgment, and teamwork. Recent years have shown an upward surge in educational enrollment. Participation in Harper College partnerships have increased from 14% in 1998 to 35% in 2000.
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