DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF MANPOWER PLANNING IN THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS

THE CONDUCT OF THE STUDY AND THE INITIATION OF THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAYS' MANPOWER PLANNING FOLLOWED A MANAGEMENT-BY-OBJECTIVES APPROACH. OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE WAS THE PROPER BLENDING OF THE CONCEPTUAL IDEAS OF PERSONNEL IN STAFF POSITIONS WITH THE PRACTICAL EXPERTISE OF THOSE IN LINE MANAGEMENT. A PILOT APPROACH WAS USED FOR ONE RURAL AND ONE URBAN AREA; OF PARTICULAR CONCERN WAS THE TRAINING OF EMPLOYEES IN THE PERSONNEL DIVISION TO CARRY OUT MANPOWER PLANNING ON A CONTINUAL BASIS. RESULTS CITED INCLUDE THE EXPANSION OF THE PLANNING OF MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES FROM A PREVIOUS LEVEL OF 40 OR 50 PERCENT TO ROUGHLY 80 PERCENT, THE INSTITUTION OF A PERMANENT ORGANIZATON UNIT TO CARRY OUT MANPOWER PLANNING ON A CONTINUAL BASIS, AND THE FACT THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW ENGAGED IN MANPOWER PLANNING FOR ABOUT 66 PERCENT OF ITS EMPLOYEES, AN EFFORT THAT HAS ALREADY RESULTED IN MORE THAN $2 MILLION ANNUAL SAVINGS. THIS MANPOWER STUDY WAS ONE OF A SERIES - AND NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE - OF STUDIES THAT HAS HELPED TO INITIATE A MANAGEMENT-BY-OBJECTIVES PHILOSOPHY IN THE DEPARTMENT AND TO CREATE THE SAVINGS PREVIOUSLY CITED. IN SPECULATING ABOUT THE FUTURE, THE WRITERS HAVE SUGGESTED THAT MANPOWER, EQUIPMENT, FINANCIAL, AND MATERIALS PLANNING WILL BE MORE INTEGRATED BUT THAT THE EFFECTRIVENESS OF THE SYSTEM IS NO GREATER THAN THAT OF ITS COMPONENT PARTS; SPECIFICALLY, THE CONCEPTUAL ASPECTS MUST NOT BE GREATER THAN THE UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION OF LINE MANAGEMENT. /AUTHOR/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 1-11
  • Monograph Title: Manpower management
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  • Accession Number: 00200764
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 7 1972 12:00AM