We recognise that you'll want to develop competencies that best meet the needs of your own enterprise. So, rather than providing you with predefined competencies that may be too prescriptive or too general, we enable you to develop your own. You might want to 'pilot' a small number of easily definable and measurable competencies first (for example, anything that requires physical effort such as digging a ditch or typing a letter), ensuring that the definitions are meaningful and relevant before rolling them out widely within the enterprise. Once you have developed these first competencies, you can go on to define competencies that are much more complex and difficult to observe and measure (for example, anything that includes cooperation with other people). You can, of course, have a mixture of both.
All competencies are held at the person level, in the Competence Profile.
Some enterprises also group competencies by the methods used to improve them, such as hireable or trainable competencies, and still others by their use in the enterprise, for example, core or technical.
You will have previously identified how you want to structure your competencies; if you are using the individual method, you need to set up the proficiency levels for each competence you create.
Retrieving the Right Proficiency Levels
Once you set up proficiency levels for a competence, Oracle Human Resources retrieves the right proficiency levels for you when you (or other users) perform any of the following tasks:
- set up competence requirements
This not only saves you time, but also ensures that you always select the right proficiency level for the task you are performing
- create or update a Competence Profile
Use Oracle Alert's automatic mail notification to keep you informed when an employee's competencies need certification and renewal. This frees your time for more essential tasks. For example, use the competence Renewal Period to drive Oracle Alert--it compares the renewal period date with the date on the person's Competence Profile, or the last training class delivering the skill.