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NATIONAL NCHRPREPORT 636 COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM Tools to Aid State DOTs in Responding to Workforce Challenges
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TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD 2009 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE* OFFICERS CHAIR: Adib K. Kanafani, Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley VICE CHAIR: Michael R. Morris, Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Transportation Research Board MEMBERS J. Barry Barker, Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY Allen D. Biehler, Secretary, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg Larry L. Brown, Sr., Executive Director, Mississippi DOT, Jackson Deborah H. Butler, Executive Vice President, Planning, and CIO, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Norfolk, VA William A.V. Clark, Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles David S. Ekern, Commissioner, Virginia DOT, Richmond Nicholas J. Garber, Henry L. Kinnier Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville Jeffrey W. Hamiel, Executive Director, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, MN Edward A. (Ned) Helme, President, Center for Clean Air Policy, Washington, DC Will Kempton, Director, California DOT, Sacramento Susan Martinovich, Director, Nevada DOT, Carson City Debra L. Miller, Secretary, Kansas DOT, Topeka Neil J. Pedersen, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration, Baltimore Pete K. Rahn, Director, Missouri DOT, Jefferson City Sandra Rosenbloom, Professor of Planning, University of Arizona, Tucson Tracy L. Rosser, Vice President, Corporate Traffic, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR Rosa Clausell Rountree, Consultant, Tyrone, GA Steve T. Scalzo, Chief Operating Officer, Marine Resources Group, Seattle, WA Henry G. (Gerry) Schwartz, Jr., Chairman (retired), Jacobs/Sverdrup Civil, Inc., St. Louis, MO C. Michael Walton, Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, University of Texas, Austin Linda S. Watson, CEO, LYNXCentral Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando Steve Williams, Chairman and CEO, Maverick Transportation, Inc., Little Rock, AR EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Thad Allen (Adm., U.S. Coast Guard), Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, DC Rebecca M. Brewster, President and COO, American Transportation Research Institute, Smyrna, GA George Bugliarello, President Emeritus and University Professor, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn; Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC James E. Caponiti, Acting Deputy Administrator, Maritime Administration, U.S.DOT Cynthia Douglass, Acting Deputy Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S.DOT LeRoy Gishi, Chief, Division of Transportation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC John C. Horsley, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC Rose A. McMurry, Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S.DOT Ronald Medford, Acting Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S.DOT William W. Millar, President, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC Lynne A. Osmus, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S.DOT Jeffrey F. Paniati, Acting Deputy Administrator and Executive Director, Federal Highway Administration, U.S.DOT Steven K. Smith, Acting Deputy Administrator, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, U.S.DOT Jo Strang, Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, U.S.DOT Robert L. Van Antwerp (Lt. Gen., U.S. Army), Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC Matthew Welbes, Executive Director and Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, U.S.DOT *Membership as of February 2009.
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NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM NCHRP REPORT 636 Tools to Aid State DOTs in Responding to Workforce Challenges SPY POND PARTNERS, LLC Arlington, MA WITH Barbara Martin Helena, MT ERS ASSOCIATES Somerville, MA RANDOLPH MORGAN CONSULTING, LLC Alexandria, VA Subject Areas Planning and Administration Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2009 www.TRB.org
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NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY NCHRP REPORT 636 RESEARCH PROGRAM Systematic, well-designed research provides the most effective Project 20-72 approach to the solution of many problems facing highway ISSN 0077-5614 administrators and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local ISBN: 978-0-309-11784-5 interest and can best be studied by highway departments individually Library of Congress Control Number 2009928682 or in cooperation with their state universities and others. However, the © 2009 Transportation Research Board accelerating growth of highway transportation develops increasingly complex problems of wide interest to highway authorities. These problems are best studied through a coordinated program of COPYRIGHT PERMISSION cooperative research. 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COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMS CRP STAFF FOR NCHRP REPORT 636 Christopher W. Jenks, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Crawford F. Jencks, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Andrew C. Lemer, Senior Program Officer Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Maria Sabin Crawford, Assistant Editor NCHRP PROJECT 20-72 PANEL Field of Special Projects Mary Harker, Idaho Transportation Department, Boise, ID (Chair) Nancy Berry, Virginia DOT, Richmond, VA John C. Goodknight, Marion County (FL) Transportation Department, Ocala, FL Ivy W. Harris, Alabama DOT, Montgomery, AL Thomas F. Humphrey, Dover, NH Alan W. Lake, Utah Department of Human Resource Management, Draper, UT Mollie D. LeBlanc, Missouri DOT, Jefferson City, MO Michael P. Pillsbury, New Hampshire DOT, Concord, NH Vicki Miller, FHWA Liaison Tate Jackson, AASHTO Liaison Martine A. Micozzi, TRB Liaison
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FOREWORD By Andrew C. Lemer Staff Officer Transportation Research Board This report is a guide to the selection of practical tools that officials of state departments of transportation (DOTs) can use in recruitment, development, and retention of a produc- tive and effective workforce. DOTs need to hire, train, and keep a competent, qualified, and high-performing workforce to do the job the public expects them to do. This report describes currently available tools for responsible managers to use and provides guidance for how to choose an effective tool for the task at hand. The information will be useful to human resources personnel and DOT managers responsible for ensuring that their agen- cies have the workforce they need. DOTs face ongoing, evolving challenges to maintaining their ability to fulfill their respon- sibilities to the public. Budgetary pressures, policy mandates, changes in the workforce, and introductions of new technology are among the factors that require DOT leadership to reassess and sometimes reshape their organizations' mission and structure. Managers must then ensure their human resources (HR) assets can respond effectively to the changes. DOTs seeking to build and maintain competent, skilled workforces need time, skills, money, and other resources that often are in short supply. For example, DOTs face demands that require new and greater technical and manage- ment skills and capabilities. At the same time, recruiting and retaining personnel have grown more difficult, as DOTs must compete for the same workforce used by local govern- ment and private organizations. If an agency's staff is unable to meet all responsibilities, out- side service providers may supplement agency staff capabilities. DOT leaders and managers must decide how HR assets are to be acquired and deployed, and they often seek tools and examples from other agencies that will help them make and implement their decisions. This report is the product of National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 20-72, intended to assist agencies in assuring that their personnel have the capabilities needed to meet the agencies' critical mission requirements 5 to 10 years into the future. The specific objective of this project was to provide a guide to finding, selecting, and applying practical management tools for characterizing and assessing HR assets. These tools address, for example, personnel core competencies, preservation of institutional his- tory and other mission-critical knowledge, staff recruitment and retention, staff develop- ment, and management succession. The report presents specific information on tools that are currently available, how to apply them, and guidance for judging whether available resources are likely to be useful for specific situations. Much of the information and links to specific resources are presented in a prototype web-based "Workforce Toolkit" developed as part of the research and pop- ulated with over 200 sample resources. The Toolkit is designed with five views linked to
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tagged databases of resources. The toolkit includes tables containing state-specific DOT information from recently completed NCHRP projects. Additional views are designed to connect to online communities and education materials. The site also has an electronic user guide. The demonstration prototype, available on a web site currently maintained by the research team, could become the basis for a permanent web application maintained by AASHTO or others. Adding new tools as they become available and discarding those that become obsolete would ensure the Toolkit's currency and maintain its value. Individual states may find the prototype useful for the information it now contains and as a basis for development their own toolkits. A team led by Spy Pond Partners, LLC, Arlington, Massachusetts, conducted this research and developed the prototype. The project entailed a review of available literature, current practices, and other sources of information to identify tools and methods usable by DOT managers to deal with key workforce challenges. The research assessed the adequacy and value of existing tools for dealing with workforce challenges facing DOTs now and 5 to 10 years into the future, identified the tools most likely to be of value to DOT managers, doc- umented gaps for which new tools may be needed, and suggested activities to fill these gaps. The research team then designed a framework to help DOT managers identify tools appro- priate for use within their unique environments and used that framework to structure the guide and create the demonstration web site detailed in this report.
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CONTENTS 1 Summary PA RT A A New Tool for Meeting Workforce Challenges 5 Chapter 1 Introduction 5 1.1 Research Objectives 6 1.2 Study Context 8 1.3 Overview of Research Approach 10 Chapter 2 Workforce Toolkit 10 2.1 Overview 10 2.2 Accessing Information 19 2.3 Design Components 24 Chapter 3 Workforce Toolkit Use 24 3.1 User Site 26 3.2 Administration Site 27 3.3 Workforce Toolkit Scenarios 35 Chapter 4 Recommended Future Initiatives 35 4.1 Overview 35 4.2 Dynamic Resources 36 4.3 Community Interest and Involvement 36 4.4 Hosting the Site 36 4.5 Other Considerations PA RT B Development of the Workforce Toolkit 39 Chapter 5 Needs Framework 39 5.1 Introduction 39 5.2 Needs Categories 39 5.3 Current Workforce Needs Scenarios 44 5.4 Workforce Trends 44 5.5 Future Trends 51 Chapter 6 Review of Existing Resources 51 6.1 Introduction 51 6.2 Existing Resources Evaluation and Organization 53 6.3 Summary of Applicable Resources 53 6.4 General Sources/Organizations That Provide Multiple Resources and Tools 56 6.5 Gaps in Resources Available to Meet Workforce Needs
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59 Chapter 7 Testing Process 59 7.1 Alpha Test 59 7.2 Beta Test 61 Chapter 8 Conclusions and Recommendations 61 8.1 Conclusions 62 8.2 Recommendations 63 Abbreviations, Acronyms, Initialisms A-1 Appendix A User's Guide to the Workforce Toolkit B-1 Appendix B User's Guide To the Workforce Toolkit Administration Site