Employee Development Process (EDP)

Employee Development Process

“We must become the change we want to see.” — Mahatma Gandhi

The ever-changing world of healthcare impacts the work we do at Bluewater Health. Everyone has something they can learn and improve upon. Acknowledging this helps us to continuously develop and as a result, enhance the services and care we provide.  

Take a minute and think about a work-related learning or educational opportunity you participated in this past year. Why did you learn this? How did you learn this? What difference has this made to you, your role or any other aspect of your work here at Bluewater Health? The answers to these questions are the fundamental principles of development. They are also the guiding principles of the Employee Development Process (EDP), a structured approach that allows you and your manager to work together to develop you in your role.

Below, you will learn about the EDP, how and when it will occur, details on what you will do to participate, and a list of resources that will help you complete the process -- all of which will give you the tools needed to support your ongoing learning

What is the Employee Development Process? 

At Bluewater Health, we support a collaborative approach to development between employees and their manager, allowing for open dialogue and collective goal setting. Being able to review the achievements you’ve made and working with your manager to develop learning goals will help to support your continued growth. This is the EDP, a formalized way to reflect, collaborate, plan and learn in the continued quest to strengthen one’s effectiveness and understand one’s potential.  

The EDP promotes ongoing feedback and includes biannual formal documentation of your learning needs into a Personal Development Plan (PDP). Each employee will have a unique PDP that captures your specific learning needs, based on a multitude of possibilities: what’s new to your area, changes in technology or process; what’s new at Bluewater Health that impacts your work or our ability to meet our mission or strategic goals, changes in processes, or what you might want to learn to support your career aspirations.

These upcoming conversations with your manager are a time to discuss what you are doing well and offer ideas for learning to strengthen your effectiveness. It is not about poor performance… it is about good performance that can be even better!

Why are we doing this? 

Bluewater Health is a learning organization that continuously improves processes and practices and it starts with developing our people. Our employees have identified that they want to receive regular feedback about performance and development. The EDP allows managers and employees to have routine discussions focused on an employee’s growth and development. Within the meeting with your manager, you have an opportunity to discuss what is working well and also determine goals for future learning. 

How do you get started? 

You will be alerted by your manager on a date and time for your EDP meeting. Prior to the meeting, there is some preparatory work for you to complete. 

We encourage you to take the EDP tutorial as a first step. The tutorial can be used as initial learning for anyone who has not received information about the EDP, or it can be used as a refresher to assist in preparing for a scheduled EDP meeting between you and your manager. To access the tutorial, sign into the Bluewater Health Learning Hub and click on the Catalogue tab. In the search window type: Employee Development Process, then click on the GO button. The tutorial will appear, and can be launched from there. The tutorial is 20 minutes long.

 The following needs to be completed prior to your meeting :

  • Complete the Employee Competency Assessment Questionnaire (ECAQ). If you are a Supervisor, Manager, Director or VP, use the respective competency assessment questionnaire here.
  • Complete the Personal Development Plan (PDP). Think about what personal development will look like for you over the next year and be ready to discuss. 

Together, you and your manager will complete a final copy of both the Employee Competency Assessment Questionnaire and the Personal Development Plan which will be submitted to Human Resources for your employee file.

In order to help you complete these documents and prepare for our meeting, there are a number of resources available to you:

  • The EDP Reference Guide which will walk you through each step of the process and outline what you need to do
  • You can attend an orientation session and hear information about the Employee Development Process, the Personal Development Plan and Competency Assessment Questionnaire;     
  • You can complete an e-learning module which will assist you with your understanding of the process.  This can be accessed through the Bluewater Health Learning Hub;   
  • To assist you in formulating ideas for your development plan, the hospital has compiled a Development Ideas Reference Tool (DIRT).
  • A Q&A is available and will answer questions you may have about the process. 

 General EDP Resources

Personal Development Plan (PDP)
Employee Competency Assessment Questionnaire (EQAQ)
Development Ideas Reference Tool (DIRT) - aid for PDP
Reference Guide
Quick Reference Overview 

EDP Management Resources

Checklist for Managers
Letter - Management to Staff

*Management 360 in part II reference guide

Where can I get additional support?

Ask your manager, the assigned trainer for your area, Organizational Development or Human Resources for more information about the Employee Development Process.  Also, continue to access the resources online to guide you along your path to excellence. 

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