Dominion Energy offers employees many opportunities for continuous learning, including career guidance and tuition assistance. We promote and offer continuous learning opportunities at every level across the company through online learning platforms and leadership development programs.
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What you should know
We invest heavily in development to help employees reach their full potential.
We have an evolving development program for leaders.
We provide personalized coaching for career advancement.
We want to promote a culture of continuous learning so people are empowered and encouraged to achieve and advance at Dominion Energy, therefore we devote considerable resources to employee and leader development.
Investing in People
Our Employee Engagement and Development team oversees the company’s approach to talent development, along with a Development Council that includes representatives from each business unit’s training organization. The goal is to provide a consistent and progressive approach to training that engages the workforce and fosters a culture of learning company-wide.
We offer a variety of voluntary, open-registration courses employees can take to exert greater control over their career development and pursue their own path of continuous learning, as well as online self-paced learning opportunities, Blue Ocean Brain and LinkedIn Learning, that are accessible to all employees at any time.
The company has an evolving development program for leaders. An aspiring-leader guide offers those with a desire to rise in the company a self-directed process to establish the foundations for advancement. Our Emerging Leader Program provides employees with the knowledge and foundational skills to assume leadership roles, preparing a bench of future leaders for the transition into first-time leadership. The program consists of a framework of core courses to be integrated into the leadership programs run by the various business units.
Our New Leader Bootcamp has been revamped to make it more comprehensive, fast-paced, and hands-on so that new leaders are able to acclimate more quickly and with a higher success rate in their new roles. Finally, as leaders advance to higher levels in the company, they participate in Developing the Dominion Energy Leader — a multi-month journey focused on even higher levels of learning and exposure to broader Dominion Energy strategies. Outside the formal program offerings, our leadership-effectiveness team uses a variety of evaluation tools, from behavioral and personality assessments to the Korn Ferry 360-degree survey, to provide consultation and guidance to leaders and business units facing organizational development-related challenges.
All parts of the business work to identify and develop candidates for positions of leadership, and leadership training by our business units complements company-wide efforts. For example, Dominion Energy Virginia’s Power Delivery group launched a leadership development series for managers, officers, and directors. The training provides real-life scenarios and covered topics including the key behaviors of an effective leader, building effective teams, foundational coaching skills, and understanding the financial implications of operational decisions.
In 2019, Dominion Energy Virginia’s Transmission group held a series of training events to refresh employees on Human Performance (HP) skills. The HP program focuses not only on work methods but also on designing systems to reduce the likelihood of human error. The group has established a strong reputation as a thought leader in the HP space across our industry and is often called upon to demonstrate and/or present on our HP program and methods.
Our Learning and Development team rolled out additional open-registration courses for employees covering topics that align with the company’s Drivers for Success — the key attributes the company expects its employees and leaders to demonstrate. The team also expanded the Insights Discovery program, a self-assessment tool that employees and leaders can use to build self-awareness and improve their leadership and team effectiveness.
Our IT team worked with Learning and Development to launch the Citizen Data Scientist program, which — along with a specialized citizen data scientist tool — can make advanced analytics accessible to a wider audience. The training teaches employees to develop their own data-driven hypotheses and prototyping, which can lower costs or identify revenue opportunities.
Employees can make use of the Dominion Energy Career Center, which encourages them to take an active role in planning their careers by assessing their skill sets and interests, while informing them about positions in the company for which they are qualified. The Career Center offers career counseling, interview coaching, goal setting, résumé development, and more. The company also provides workshops on request, covering topics such as interview preparation, résumé building, and personal branding. From April (when we started tracking) through the end of 2019, 393 employees sought consultation with the Career Center.
In 2019, our Innovation group led a series of design thinking workshops for employees to foster greater creativity in the company culture.