Monday, November 24, 2014

Intern Michella Visits DCS!

My last rotation had me bouncing all over the place! I began the rotation working with the Department of Child Services (DCS). I have come to discover that each department within Indiana State Government has a different feel and different dynamics. All are wonderful but all are different. I enjoyed my time getting to know the HR department at DCS and I only wish that I would have been able to spend more time with them. My time with them was short as I completed the project much faster than expected. My task was to create an automatically updated document that would keep track of all of their job openings. The goal was to enable SPD access to the list so they could include some of the openings in their weekly e-newsletter, Career INitiatives. Although this was a quick project, it was a lot of fun. I had no idea how resourceful the internet can be in helping promote your company in untraditional ways!

The lovely Recruitment Associates in Talent Acquisition showed me how to create automatic “recipes” through a site called, If This Then That. This website can do so many different things and I found it fascinating that something like this actually existed and how easy it was to use. I was also able to use this site to create automatic job posting updates for DCSjobs @DCSRecruiter on Twitter. Make sure you follow them!

It took a couple of days to see how the feeds would work so during my down time, I continued to work on my previous eScreen project with DWD as well as my culture climate survey with ISMHS.  Remember how many surveys I created? Whew! It was a lot of work. The climate survey for ISMHS had closed and I was able to process the results and make the information easy to read for the Leadership team at ISMHS. I also began to analyze the surveys and see if I could come up with any recommendations. This was a lot of fun and I am glad I was able to see the end results.

Next week I will be working with Shadi Lilly again to complete the ISMHS recommendations. Then I am off to the Department of Education where I will be working on job descriptions and salary band reviews. I cannot wait to put into practice some of the concepts I am being taught at Kelley. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Intern Michella Goes to DWD!

I have been crazy busy the last two weeks working with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). During my time with DWD I had the opportunity to help them develop candidate skill surveys (eScreens) via SurveyMonkey for eight different positions at 28 different WorkOne locations. If I am doing my math correctly, that is 244 personalized eScreen surveys! It was crazy but very important for their improved turnover retention.  The eScreen surveys help them find stronger candidates, which in turn should drastically reduces turnover.

I began this project by evaluating the feedback of the sample surveys from the various office managers. I created a location specific spreadsheet and an overall feedback spreadsheet to help track the suggested changes. I then partnered with the DWD Recruitment Consultant to determine which feedback should be implemented into the surveys. Once we had a standard survey completed and ready to go, I then had to reach out to each manager and see if their location had specific information that might be different than the standard survey.  When I received their responses, I created links for site specific eScreens and an additional link so the manger could access the applicants’ answers. By the end of the two weeks, I had created 244 eScreens and 448 links! Whew!

I enjoyed my time in the HR office at DWD. The three amazing women who work in that office are an incredible team. They get along so well and genuinely enjoy working together. I also got to be a fly on the wall and witness so much of what they do on a day to day basis. My time with them was invaluable and I am so glad I was able to help them streamline their recruiting process.

When I started my internship seven weeks ago I had no idea how many people I would meet and how much I would learn. It has been an amazing experience and I cannot wait to meet and work with the Department of Child Services for my next two weeks!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Michella works with Small Agency Field Ops

For the last two weeks I have been working with the Small Agency Field Operations division and an amazing HR Generalist/Director that supports seven small state agencies. It has been a whirlwind of meetings, navigating hallways, and walking downtown Indy as we moved around the PNC building to the IURC (Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission), OUCC (Office of Utility Consumer Counselor), Gaming divisions, ISMH (Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites), White River State Park, and the Indiana War Memorial Museum. There are so many different elevators and back hallways that take you to different parts of the PNC building and we never stayed in one spot too long. After two weeks I am still not sure if I could find my way on my own!

My biggest project was to help create a cultural climate survey for the Indiana State Museum. ISMHS has just recently restructured and wanted to know how their employees felt about the overall climate of their work environment. With the help of a focus group at ISMHS, I designed and implemented a survey via SurveyMonkey for their staff to take. Once the survey closes, the HR Director will analyze the results and develop an action plan to help strengthen any areas that need developed. I am thrilled that she has asked that I join her in reviewing the results and developing the plan. That means I will get to spend a day or two in November with her.
Another project I was involved in was updating the Indiana Fair Employment posters and OSHA 300 forms for the agencies she works with. There were some new updated guidelines for the posters so we had to make sure that the newest posters were displayed in a common area at the agencies.

Along with being in compliance with the Fair Employment posters and OSHA forms, I was able to update I-9 information to ensure that all agencies were in compliance. What I liked about this project is that I was able to use PeopleSoft to pull current employee information. Any time that I get to spend in PeopleSoft is valuable. Once I had current employee information, I verified that they had the proper forms, documentation, and e-verify on file. I also cleaned up existing forms and moved separated employees into the appropriate binder.

Although we were always on the move and never in the same office for more than a couple of hours, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the different sites. Being able to see “behind the scenes” at ISMHS, White River State Park, and the Indiana War Memorial Museum was amazing. I even had a personal tour of the Red, White, and Blue room at the Indiana War Memorial by the General himself! I had never been inside of the War Memorial Museum and was thrilled to learn that it is open to the public. If you haven’t had a chance to tour, you must take some time and visit.

For the next two weeks I will be working with the Department of Workforce Development. I am excited to learn more and meet new people!