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NSWC Crane Human Resources hosts Warfare Centers to create significant efficiencies across workforce

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications | Sept. 3, 2019

CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) hosted Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers to increase efficiencies throughout the organization. More than thirty personnel in HR and IT from Warfare Center Headquarters, NAVSEA, and Warfare Centers across the country came together at NSWC Crane to collaborate on the latest Information System (IS) tools August 20-22.

NSWC Crane HR personnel have created more than twenty IS tools to increase efficiencies at Crane. Jim Hardin, the Human Resources Director at NSWC Crane, says that these tools help fulfil a workforce need.

“Warfare Centers, including Crane, have created several Information Systems tools over the past few years to eliminate or automate transactional processes,” says Hardin. “We wanted to get everyone together to collaborate on consistent tools across the Warfare Centers that save time, save money, allow for flexibility within the needs of Warfare Centers, and create a more effective system for HR staff and the workforce.”

Hardin says Crane tools alone have automated and/or eliminated nearly four full-time personnel’s annual work effort for both HR customers and HR staff.

“Before implementing one of our tools at Crane, the process of hiring someone included layers of paperwork,” says Hardin. “This left room for human error and could take valuable time away from HR staff, managers, and current and future employees. For instance, the HR staff can now have more time spent as consultants and advisors as professionals instead of looking through records and doing paperwork.”

Warfare Centers presented tools and reporting systems at this HR-IT collaborative meeting including Keyport, Newport, Dahlgren, Corona, Port Hueneme, Philadelphia, Carderock, as well as Crane. Tools created streamlined and automated hiring processes, telework applications, enhanced performance tracking methods, and more.

NSWC Crane has hired a record number of personnel over the past five years. Hardin says some of the tools Crane created helped make that possible to meet NSWC Crane’s mission.

“We executed five-hundred hires over the last two years, including many student hires,” says Hardin. “We would not have been able to accomplish that without the automation of these tools. That critical time is now spent better supporting the warfighter.”

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's Warfighter.