Staff Development Starts With A Plan

Published by Kathryn Anda, PEPworldwide on 24 September, 2014

The key to supporting staff development is the establishment of a plan. An individual development plan (IDP) is an important tool that helps an employee understand their role and build on their skill set.

For an IDP to be successful, however, it requires commitment on both sides. It is much easier for staff to meet their key goals when both the manager and the staff member clearly understand the requirements.

Self evaluation is a must

Preparing an IDP need not be something to agonize over, but it does require focus. Try starting with some self-evaluation and take note of your strengths. What are the things you really enjoy doing, as opposed to those tasks that you find yourself struggling with? Whilst it is confronting to acknowledge areas for development you’ll have far greater success with your plan if you are honest with yourself.

Document all goals

Brainstorm what you see as your goals and future plans. Consider short term and long term goals, then jot down a practical path to achieving them. Make sure the goals are specific, measurable and most importantly achievable. Working closely with management will help to keep goals relevant and put timeframes around achieving them. When goals are discussed and agreed, there will always be support to help you.

Identify training or new skills required

Once you know where you want to go and have a clear picture of your own strengths and development needs you can more easily pinpoint areas where you need to up skill. It may require additional training or a refresher course, which could mean time away from work. This is where a plan established with management support is really essential.You may want a mentor or coach to help guide you further and your manager can help connect you with the right people.

No matter whether you are seeking to acquire a new skill or aspire to take on a bigger role, the most important element to developing yourself and succeeding is a plan. Documenting your goals will force you to keep on track and give you a tool to monitor your progress. Staff development starts with a plan.

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