Is it Time to Dust Off Your Staff Development Plan?
Most employees have development goals on their performance plans but in the breakneck pace of most workplaces these days, development slips from a priority to a nice-to-have.
The mid-year point is a terrific opportunity to revisit those goals with each team member and see how they can use the summer downtime to attend training courses or take on a challenging assignment.
Here's a game plan for breathing life into flagging development plans:
- Attend seminars or conferences. You don't need to pay for a pricey out-of-town conference. Look to industry or association Web sites for upcoming courses or events in your area. Also, ask your HR or training group for any internal options.
- Click to online courses. Send your team to training without leaving the office. Web-based training or seminars are a powerful and cost-effective way to develop your staff. Again, your HR or OD departments might be able to point you toward online resources that the company has already purchased.
- Go old school. One of the most inexpensive development options is to read a book. Encourage your team to pickup titles that can broaden their skills, sharpen a specific knowledge area, or inspire them to take on a leadership role. Use your training and development budget to fund these books. It's an inexpensive investment in your team's future.