HR and Workforce Development

Mature HR practices and a well-thought-out workforce development strategy are key to recruiting and retaining talented staff in a competitive economy. This is especially true for IT, where specialties like cybersecurity have a zero percent unemployment rate. Over the last year, we increased our focus on staff development through efforts like our Leadership Everywhere Change Management and Real Colors training. The vast deftly adapted to remote work due to the national pandemic.

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Records Management

Records Management programs have been implemented in 102 state and local government agencies, higher education institutions, boards, and commissions. Last year, state agencies, local government offices, and higher education institutions disposed of 13,759 cubic feet of records that satisfied their retention requirements. This savings in storage space, equipment, and related salaries resulted in a cost avoidance of $5,284,700. For the entities reporting a volume of electronic records, 307 TB were disposed for a cost avoidance of $377,336.

The Records Management staff also consults with agencies on a regular basis to review their records management program and practices and offer recommendations to enhance their current processes and provide guidance on records management best practices.

The State of North Dakota should implement an email archiving system to systematically classify email records and apply the appropriate retention policy.  It will greatly improve consistency across state government and ease the records management responsibilities of every employee.