Building talent - Suncor's 2013 Report on Sustainability
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We are committed to providing employees and leaders with the skills and knowledge to perform their jobs and prepare them for future roles. That’s how we deliver on our business strategy.
Suncor provides learning opportunities that align with our employee and leader capability models. These models are the roadmap for our capability development, steering us toward the skills, knowledge and behaviours we need to develop to contribute to the company's strategy — and future success.
Learning and development is critical to our business because it allows people to stretch, learn and share their talents — and that's how we'll reach our business goals.
At Suncor, capability development planning is a structured process to identify what and how employees will learn over the next year. And while employees own their own capability development at Suncor, they collaborate with their leaders to set annual development goals.
To meet those goals, we provide multiple learning approaches. Learning opportunities exist in the form of:
Suncor's new Career Compass is an online tool that gives insight into how careers work at Suncor and explains different ways employees and leaders can move into a new position or stay in their current role and have a satisfying career. There are two main career streams at Suncor:
Our Career Compass helps employees consider which stream is best for them.
Within the compass, there are many resources that help identify what career moves might make the most sense for individuals based on their interests and skills. It also shows how others have navigated their careers at Suncor and gives a standard way to talk about career and development.
The compass, along with the other resources in our online development toolkit, supports our ability to retain and engage the people to meet our business needs.
In addition to offering a broad array of in-house leadership and employee development programs, Suncor offers educational assistance. This program provides financial support to employees who advance their education through external learning programs in support of their careers. Suncor also offers a company-wide scholarship program to help employees' children access post-secondary education.
We need to ensure that we have the right people, with the right capabilities, in the right roles, at the right time, to succeed our current leaders and to execute our business strategy over the long term.
Orienting new leaders
In 2013, we will introduce a leader orientation and onboarding program designed to help new leaders — either those recently promoted or recruited to Suncor — to become familiar with Suncor's business and the way we work here.
New leaders will receive information on what is expected in their role, including accountabilities like:
In addition, new leaders will be provided with information on how we expect these responsibilities to be executed — with integrity and in a manner that supports Suncor's mission, vision, values and business strategy.
Suncor University has been developed to establish leader and employee competence as a core capability that will help drive our business strategy. The customized experiences are designed to address the needs of employees at Suncor.
Performance management at Suncor is central to the company's ability to meet its business objectives and helps the company create an environment where our employees can achieve outstanding business results.
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Performance management also helps align the organization, helping employees understand how their performance will be measured. Our process includes both formal and informal feedback — on both the what and the how goals are achieved.
Effective performance management:
Salaried employees across Suncor use an online tool to capture performance and development discussions throughout the year, including:
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