Human Resource

Human Resource Development provides programs which orient, train, and develop the employees of the Santa Maria Water District by improving the skills, knowledge, abilities, and competencies necessary for individual and organizational efficiency and productivity as well as personal career growth.
It will provide such programs and make every effort to balance the needs of the individual and the needs, goals and objectives of the agency.

The effective performance of an organization or an agency depends not just on the available resources, but its quality and competence as required by the organization from time to time. Human resources refer to the knowledge, skills, creative abilities, talents, aptitude, values and beliefs of an organization’s work force.

In this modern day, there is a need to align organizational goals with the HR strategy to ensure that there is alignment of the people policies with the management objectives. This means that the HR department should be viewed as a vital organ in ensuring organizational success. And HRD aims to provide the organization with a sense of direction and a feeling of purpose. Thus, HRD plays significant role in making the human resources vital, useful and purposeful.

However, the vitality of employees depends upon the level of its development. For the organization to be dynamic, growth-oriented and fast-changing; HR should be developed through positive personnel policies and programs that shall motivate the employees become more committed, dedicated and loyal to their work.

For the Santa Maria Water District to become more dynamic, employees must be fully equipped with capabilities and continuously adopt the values and beliefs and aptitude in accordance with the changing requirements of the organization. In conclusion, the practice of HRM needs to be integrated with the overall strategy of the agency to ensure effective use of people and provide better returns to the Agency.


Human resources are the organization’s greatest assets. As the most important asset for leaders, employees need to be properly managed in order to achieve optimal efficacy. Recognizing this fact, leaders across the globe are coming to rely more and more upon an effective management policy that applies specifically to the area of human resources. And appropriate human resources assure an organization that the right number and kind of people are available at the right time and place so that organizational needs can be met.

To meet this goal, different HR Systems were designed and developed in support to the existing Merit Selection Plan of the agency and to guide each employees on HR related issues and concerns including the proper selection of employees in the achievement of agency’s goals and objectives towards the direction in which the Santa Maria Water District is moving.

Different HR Strategies and training needs were identified and formulated that will support other specific objectives to be undertaken by the agency such as workforce planning, succession planning and career development planning.

In essence, these strategies aim to capture “the people element” of what the Santa Maria Water District is hoping to achieve in the medium to long term, ensuring that:

  1. it has the right people in place
  2. it has the right mix of skills
  3. employees display the right attitudes and behaviors; and
  4. employees are developed in the right way.

Human Resource Development also includes such opportunities as employee trainings, performance management and development, coaching, key employee identification, and organization development.

As the Santa Maria Water District Human Resource Management Office’s vision

“A competent, professional and highly motivated government workforce that is truly responsive to the needs of the concessionaires”

We aim to manage and develop our people better with the use of this guideline.

HR Plan-SMWD.docx