Staffing Principles

The purpose of the Government of Alberta Staffing Program is to attract and recruit top talent, from within and outside the Alberta Public Service, to deliver quality programs and services to Albertans. 

The following Staffing Principles are in line with the Public Service Act which outlines the methods that can be used to fill positions and the policy of selecting the most suitable applicant, giving preference where possible to internal applicants.

Through collaborative and innovative staffing strategies, managers and human resource professionals work together to build a strong and sustainable workforce.

  • Staffing is a partnership.

    Managers and human resource professionals work together to identify and address workforce needs, ensuring fairness and integrity of the staffing process.  Human resource professionals provide expert advice, guidance and assistance to hiring managers accountable for selection decisions. 

  • Staffing addresses the current and future needs of the Government of Alberta.

    Staffing is strategic, innovative and flexible.  Strategies are aligned with the Government of Alberta’s business objectives and workforce plans, considering labour market trends and the economic environment. 

  • Staffing has appropriate balance of access to employment opportunities.  

    Decisions on the accessibility of staffing opportunities  reflect the need to balance several important objectives including:

    • access to opportunities by employees to encourage them to stay and build their careers within the Alberta Public Service;

    • the importance of motivating top talent from outside the organization to join the Government of Alberta.

  • Staffing is efficient, effective and fair.

    Processes and practices are efficient in time and cost, and effective in selecting the right people for the right roles.  Staffing decisions are impartial and consistent with staffing legislation and the policy framework.  Participants in the staffing process feel that they have been treated equitably.

  • Staffing is conducted in accordance with the Alberta Public Service values.

    Processes and practices are conducted with respect, accountability, integrity, and excellence.

These principles, which support the one-government/ one-employer approach, take into account the interests of hiring managers, applicants, ministry Human Resource offices, Alberta Corporate Human Resources and the general public.

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Last Review / Update: 2014-12-05

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