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How to create an effective employee development plan

12.19.2013
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Devising an employee development plan can lead to a win-win situation for both the worker and the employer. With well-developed and highly trained employees, you can expect the entire team to perform better while maintaining a professional attitude. Thus, the company receives numerous benefits in terms of productivity, larger customer base, and massive returns on investment.

Things to Consider

When you create an employee development plan, you need to consider the company’s long-term success and future. The plan should involve the improvement of your employees’ skills in their existing job, as well as preparing them for possible positions and responsibilities in the future.

Various areas that must be included in employee development are leadership, skills training, supervisory skills and management. Employers should keep in mind that it is entirely their job to develop their workers, and they should make sure that the plan covers all important aspects for the improvement of their employees.

While it is true that development plans differ in many aspects, you need to devise one that will suit your company’s needs. The plan should also cater to the needs of employees, so you will not end up wasting time and money in training and developing them.

You should be able to implement important aspects as you devise a development plan for employees such as the necessary skills to help them perform their job well, a look at their significant accomplishments in the organization, possible ways to help them do much better on the job, and any changes they would like to propose to improve their job. Aside from these aspects, you need to determine your employees’ goals, any actions they have done to improve in their career, and their proposed activities to help them develop.

Monitoring Employees’ Progress

As with most things in business, your employee development plan will only succeed with the help of careful planning, input and analysis of the employees’ keenness. With this in mind, it is important that you monitor and direct your employees constantly, review relevant quality or quantity measures, and monitor their progress while giving encouragement.

You should also request for feedback from your employee, so you can determine their satisfaction, motivation, or confidence in the organization. In case things do not go quite well for your employees, make it a point to always focus on their achievements. Try to understand that employees will always need guidance as they try to go past their existing level. The success of your employee development plan depends largely on your enthusiasm to make it work for your employees.

Published at DZone with permission of its author, Shany Dembak.

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