DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING NEW CLASSIFICATION AND SALARY PLANS FOR MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

A SYSTEMATIC PLAN WAS USED IN ESTABLISHING A COMPLETE NEW SALARY PLAN FOR THE NORTH DAKOTA STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL WERE USED TO DEVELOP ALL AREAS OF THE PLAN UNDER THE DIRECTION OF A CONSULTANT WHO PLANNED, CONTROLLED, AND SCHEDULED THE WORK. HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH ALL PHASES OF THE PLAN IN ORDER TO CONTINUE ITS USE AND TO PROVIDE FOR CHANGES AS NEW PERSONNEL PROBLEMS DEVELOP. COMMITTEES MADE UP OF HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL WERE CHOSEN TO DEFINE THE WORK PERFORMED BY ALL MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEES. WHEN COMPLETED, THE WORK DESCRIPTIONS WERE PLACED IN NUMERICAL LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY FOR EACH CLASSIFICATION. DISTRICT HIGHWAY PERSONNEL WERE USED TO VISIT INDUSTRIAL FIRMS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO DETERMINE PREVAILING SALARIES, FRINGE BENEFITS, AND WORKING CONDITIONS FOR COMPARABLE WORK. THE NEW RATE STRUCTURE WAS THEN ESTABLISHED FROM THESE SALARIES. THE HOURS WORKED BY THE DEPARTMENT WERE WORKED INTO THE PLAN TO ARRIVE AT AN ANNUAL SALARY EQUIVALENT TO PREVAILING RATES AS DETERMINED FROM THE SALARY SURVEY. MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEES WERE THEN EVALUATED AT A MEETING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT'S PERSONNEL DIVISION AND SUPERVISORS. THE EMPLOYEE WAS EVALUATED ACCORDING TO THE WORK HE PERFORMS, THE EQUIPMENT HE CAN EFFECTIVELY OPERATE, THE TYPE HE OPERATES MOST OF THE TIME, HOW WELL HE OPERATES IT, HIS POTENTIAL FOR IMPROVEMENT, LONGEVITY, AND OTHER WORK FACTORS. THE INITIAL EVALUATION WAS FOLLOWED BY A SECOND EVALUATION TO ESTABLISH UNIFORM RATINGS. AFTER SALARIES HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR ALL EMPLOYEES, COST ESTIMATES WERE DEVELOPED FOR COMPARISON WITH BUDGETARY RESTRICTIONS. THE PLAN WAS THEN IMPLEMENTED IN THREE STAGES, DUE TO LIMITED FUNDS, WITH AN EVALUATION OF EMPLOYEES BEFORE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EACH STAGE. EMPLOYEES WERE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS ANY DISSENT WITH A MEMBER OF THE DEPARTMENT'S PERSONNEL DIVISION. THE PLAN APPEARS TO BE DEVELOPING INCREASED EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE. /AUTHOR/

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    • Paper sponsored by Department of Econimics, Finance and Administration; Department of Urban Transportation Planning; and Department of Maintenance and presented at the 48th Annual Meeting.
  • Authors:
    • Kyser, James O
  • Publication Date: 1969

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: No 266
  • Monograph Title: Manpower planning and personnel training
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  • Accession Number: 00200728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 22 1994 12:00AM