Whatcom County has a very stable workforce with net turnover averaging 7.5% per year.
Turnover measures use the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) positions authorized by the County Council for each year divided by the FTEs who leave employment altogether.
During 2018, 31% of separations were due to retirement. When positions become vacant, the County often is able to fill them with qualified employees from within the organization. Roughly 50% of position vacancies are filled by candidates from outside County employment.
Whatcom County supports its leaders with monthly training on supervisory topics. Presenters are experts in their field and are often folks who present at statewide, even national events. Knowledgeable, skilled leaders create a positive work environment and reduce organizational risk. We also offer sessions annually for employees on topics of county-wide interest. Providing quality professional development opportunities onsite eliminates travel costs and limits time away from work.
The cost per training hour metric is calculated by dividing the cost of a training session by the number of hours of the training and the number of employees in attendance. Several variables affect year-over-year cost per training hour, such as facilitator fees, availability of internal and external experts at no cost, and attendance levels. Participants provide feedback so Whatcom County can continually improve satisfaction and quality of its training program. Whatcom County leverages a relatively small investment into many hours of quality instruction.
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