It's no secret that supervisory skills can make or break a manager. Supervisory development remains a priority across the federal government, as OPM and HHS amended their training and development regulations pertaining to the Federal Workforce Flexibility Act in 2009.
What are the requirements?
As part of a succession and performance management strategy, the OPM amendment* requires that new scientific and administrative supervisors receive formal training in the initial twelve months of their new roles as supervisors. In addition, retraining is required every three years. Our current cycle is January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018. Training must at a minimum cover actions, options, and strategies addressing unacceptable performance, mentoring employees, employee performance improvement and productivity, and conducting employee performance appraisals. HHS policy brings in the following additional mandatory training topic areas for new supervisors:
Human resource staffing
Employee and labor relations
HHS enterprise systems
Work life quality
Employee viewpoint input
In addition, an NIH cross-IC Supervisory Training Committee has clarified these regulations by developing NIH-specific guidance. The committee continues to meet to further support these efforts and reach out to the NIH community.
Where can I take supervisory training?
A course meeting the OPM regulations and HHS guidance for new supervisors is currently available through the NIH Training Center: NIH-Supervisory Essentials Training. In addition, a refresher course for experienced suprervisors is also available: Supervisory Refresher. Individual IC’s may offer courses and/or programs meeting the mandatory training requirements for supervisors.