Training for Every Phase of the Employee Life Cycle
For many employees, especially those with engineering or operations degrees, training begins at the very start of their career. We have taken a segmented approach to delivering training and development focused on the executive leadership of Xylem, managers and supervisors and early-in-career. For example, we offer a program in which participants rotate through three locations, and then are placed in a full-time role within Xylem. These programs include international assignments where high-potential professionals build key foundational skills and also create strong networks across the company. This program is enabling Xylem to build a deep bench of future leaders.
As individuals settle into their roles at Xylem, we continue to develop their knowledge and talents through a robust selection of online learning courses available via our Learning Management System. Subjects include leadership skills and technical and product training for a wide variety of job functions.
Around the world, we are providing our colleagues with additional educational opportunities. In Europe, we have “functional academies” that provide training on sales, engineering, manufacturing and finance. In the U.S., we offer a skills-building curriculum for front-line managers and supervisors, and in China, our Leadership Institute provides employees with foundational skills to lead effectively. We also offer tuition reimbursement to employees who are pursuing education to further their careers.
Other development programs include the new Strategy Fellows Program for high-potential individuals — typically product managers and sales team leaders — who are interested in expanding their skills in strategy. The second cohort of this program graduated in 2016. The Innovation & Technology Fellows Program will be a similar initiative for those who want to build engineering and technical skills. In addition, a new sales training program introduced in partnership with Wilson Learning, a leading workforce training company, focuses on helping colleagues develop effective solutions and selling capabilities.
Training for Leaders
Training doesn’t end once employees begin leading others. We have a variety of development programs for new and established Xylem managers.
Our Manager Development Program consists of an in-person kickoff for groups of 25 participants, followed by an 18-month blended learning curriculum. It includes virtual online learning, webinars with senior leaders, virtual teamwork activities and Manager as Coach, a two-day, in-person workshop that equips managers to transition from a directive approach to a coaching style. As with all Xylem training, active learning is an important part of this program. We don’t just teach models; we provide opportunities for participants to practice the skills we are teaching.
The Executive Development Program is an in-depth program designed for leaders who report to our Senior Leadership Team. Building upon Xylem’s vision to become a high-performing operating company with a common culture, the program focuses on building enterprise leadership approaches and empowering leaders to take charge of our company’s transformation. We kicked off our fourth cohort of this program in late 2016.