Streamline - Winter 2015 - (Page 9)
BY PAM BAUGHMAN, VRWA PRESIDENT
California defines a Performance Evaluation as "a constructive process to
acknowledge the performance of a non-probationary career employee. An employee's evaluation
shall be sufficiently specific to inform and guide the employee in the performance of his/her duties."
ThE UNIvERSITy oF
At the end of
my first year
I was both
see how my
felt I did
my first year.
As many of you may know, just over a year
ago, I was selected by my Board of Directors to
serve my utility as the general manager. It was
a position I had longed to hold for many years.
When the opportunity was offered, I jumped at
At the end of my first year as general manager,
my Board of Directors completed a performance
evaluation. I was both terrified and excited to see
how my seven bosses felt I did throughout my
first year. Let's just say, I was very pleased with
my performance evaluation, but I know I need
to continue to grow and develop.
As general manager, I continue to be excited
about the future of my authority. Dedication and
the willingness to work toward goals, with intensity and focus, are my top priorities. Being the
general manager is important to me and worthy
of my continued time and efforts. Personally
I receive great satisfaction when the authority
completes projects, attains goals and operates
in an efficient, compliant manner.
Being the general manager of a small rural utility has its challenges. Staying ahead of enormous
changes in the regulations and keeping operating costs low while maintaining compliance
can prove to be a daunting task. Sound business
practices, along with an experienced, knowledgeable staff, all blend together to meet daily challenges in the constantly changing utility industry.
The combined experience of staff promotes the
development of ideas, planning for the future and
a team-oriented atmosphere. The experienced
staff work in combination to create innovative
ways of managing costs while taking pride in
the services offered to the authority's customers,
the citizens of our county and the safe keeping
of the environment.
A year ago, I put together a professional development plan in an effort to provide guidance
and goals for myself during my first year as
general manager. My professional development
plan helped keep me focused and working not
only for the betterment of my Authority, but
for my professional growth and enhancement
My professional development plan included six
categories. They are as follows:
II. Strengths and Experience
IV. Potential Growth Areas
V. Development Activities
I committed to actively working toward specific goals, complete training that would help me
in my duties, as well as provide a benefit to the
authority. The goals were focused on development
of my personal capacity in the general manager's
position and the advancement of the Board of
Directors' vision for the authority. The goals were
modified and expanded as necessary and monthly
progress reports were provided to my Board. My
goals were obtained within budgeted constraints
and did not conflict with the daily operational
demands of the authority.
Any and all accomplishments attained are the
result of all authority staff members working concurrently as a team. I cannot emphasize this enough.
Prior to the performance evaluation completed
by my Board, I performed a self-evaluation. From
that self-evaluation, I concluded that I will continue
the development of new skills, and discovered a few
areas I need to make some improvements.
Looking back over my first year, I have greatly
enjoyed the challenges provided in the general manager's position. I will continue to work diligently to
complete projects, accomplish the directives of the
Board and move the authority forward.
As terrified as I was about my evaluation, I am
grateful for the experience. I encourage everyone
to self-evaluate or embrace an evaluation by your
peers; you may be shocked at what you discover
about yourself, good and bad.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2015
From the President: Performance Evaluation
From the Executive Director: Save the Date!
Professional or Job Holder: Which Will You Be?
Emergencies: Do You Have A Plan?
Finding Your Way
Hearing Protection – Keep Your Employees Safe
Economic Opportunity: USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Rate Setting – It’s Easy?
Throwing My Loop: Fresh Water
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
2015-2016 Membership Directory
Board of Directors
VRWA Members Corner
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Winter 2015