Developing Your Potential
The best person to chart your career path is you. But we don’t expect you to go
it alone. We have developed practical strategies to support your learning and development.
As a learning organization, we are continually learning from experience and generating
ideas and creating new and better strategies to support a dynamic workforce delivering
We encourage learning and recognize performance.
There is no limit to learning. We offer exceptional learning opportunities, programs,
courses and special events. In addition to formal training, conferences and workshops,
there are many informal learning opportunities on the job.
Our employees and their managers develop Performance Development Plans that outline
the specific tasks, projects or assignments that the employee will be accountable
for in the year ahead. In addition to performance commitments, employees discuss
their career aspirations with their manager – where they want to go and how to get
there – and work on an individualized Learning Development Plan. Employees are expected
to set learning goals, use the references and tools available to them from OPS and
other sources, and to seek advice and coaching from their colleagues in addition
to their managers. Learning and development opportunities can be customized to build
on strengths and fill in gaps in an employee’s career profile.
The OPS intranet includes a wealth of information, tools and resources for OPS employees.
Employees have access, in some cases 24/7, through electronic self-service to a
variety of employee and business supports, including training opportunities.
We develop leaders from the ground up.
The OPS nurtures leadership development at all levels of the organization. Leadership
is not about job title or status. It is about the role every member of the OPS team
has in continually building the organization.
Our strategy for managing talent focuses on identifying, assessing, developing and
deploying talent, ensuring that our employees receive the kind of developmental
opportunities they need and that the OPS has – and continues to have – the right
people in the right places at the right time.
The OPS has a strategy for developing talent for senior management positions. It
focuses on building capacity among potential senior managers to deliver, transform,
inspire and connect.
There are many opportunities to network.
Given the size of the OPS and the complexity of public issues, networking with colleagues
is a way of life. There are numerous “community of practice” groups in the OPS,
many of which started as informal get-togethers among colleagues and developed into
more formal organizations that are now part of the organizational fabric of the
Mentoring, with experienced people acting as role models and giving advice to less
experienced colleagues, has a long tradition in the OPS. You may find a mentor in
your own office or working with others on an interministerial project or helping
to organize an OPS event.
OPS Interministerial Councils bring together managers from different ministries
to tackle issues that require cooperative action. It is a network of networks, from
the local to the regional to the provincial level. The councils have led the way
in promoting collaboration among ministries and with other levels of government.
There are more than 600 OPS managers participating in interministerial activities.
Tomorrow’s Ontario Public Service, or TOPS, is a forum of OPS professionals from
across the province that has over 3,500 members. Its mandate is Link, Lead and Learn.
TOPS supports this mandate by offering events, programs and volunteer opportunities
for members to expand their professional network, discover their capacity to lead,
and learn how to steer their career in the OPS.
You can find exciting developmental challenges here.
We look at individual potential, as well as current skills and experience. We help
employees seek out the kinds of assignments that will help them develop their potential.
OPS employees who want new work experiences don’t have to leave the public service.
There are always special projects and new challenges in the OPS. We offer many opportunities,
both permanent and temporary across Ontario. Expand your horizons.
Employee well-being is important to us.
We are committed to promoting a healthy, safe and respectful workplace.
Our health and wellness initiatives focus on promoting healthy living, providing
a safe and healthy workplace, and encouraging a supportive work culture.
One example is our Employee Assistance Program that offers free and confidential
support to all employees on a range of issues, 24 hours a day.
We are also committed to hearing what our employees think – it is important to us.
We survey OPS employees regularly on job satisfaction, commitment to the organization
and the overall OPS work environment, and respond to the results.
We provide opportunities to get involved and support the community.
The OPS has its own Federated Health Campaign and also actively supports the United
Way with a series of fundraising events and initiatives.
The Spirit program encourages and recognizes OPS employees who volunteer outside
work hours. Every year, Spirit chooses a signature campaign that offers volunteer
opportunities for all members of the OPS. Some examples from recent years are support
for literacy, Tsunami relief and Habitat build.
We value and recognize our people.
The OPS recognizes employee efforts. We have an employee recognition program to
foster a culture of recognition. Employee contributions are recognized in annual
awards both formal and informal. Most ministries also have their own recognition
programs, like the Emerald awards in the Ministry of the Environment and the Edge
awards in the Ministry of Government Services. Every year, the OPS recognizes and
celebrates people from across the organization who have completed successful initiatives
and projects. Here are some recent examples.
The 2006 Amethyst Awards recognized Linda D. Lane in the Ministry of Government
Services for her contribution to the well-being of the OPS as a whole. Linda wanted
to inspire women in the OPS to achieve their career and personal goals. On her own
time, she started the Women of Influence and Inspiration Seminars across the OPS.
Other Amethyst Awards in 2006 recognized how dedicated staff in the Ministry of
the Environment are working to protect the environment – Geoffrey Carpentier for
work in pesticides and waste management; Jack A. Donnan for work on economics and
the environment; Catherine Grant for air quality regulation; and Vince Taguchi for
testing for toxic chemicals in water.
Showcase Ontario Awards of Excellence
The 2006 information technology educational conference, exhibition and award event
recognized some of our province's most innovative projects and the exceptional OPS
people behind them. For example in the ‘Business Value and Results through Technology’
category, a team at Ministry of Natural Resources won an award for improving fire
management in northwestern Ontario with the use of satellite technology. In this
same category, the top honours was awarded to the in-house developed technology
that is supporting the ‘apply online’ function behind this website.
Public Sector Quality Fair
The 2006 event showcased service quality excellence within Ontario in the federal,
provincial, municipal and broader public sector. The Northern Recruitment Pilot
was recognized for breaking new ground in the delivery of recruitment services across
the OPS. For the first time ever, one-window access and delivery of recruitment
services was provided to all OPS managers across Northern Ontario.