This week’s blog is actually a Power Point presentation showing an approach to employee development. Employee development is more than just training and companies should take time to consider what employee development really means and how to implement.
Along with this presentation is my personal development plan – these are the areas into which I would like to expand my knowledge base.
1. Online University – I need to continue my current work in pursuit to gain my Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and Technology.
2. Mentor program – I would like to work together with someone who can provide guidance in my current role and expand my role to utilize what I have learned thus far in my pursuit of my Master’s Degree. I understand the old saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it” and I do not want that to happen with the information I have gathered with my degree. The company has supported my position by providing tuition reimbursement so I would think they would want to have me use what new training/information I have acquired.
3. Coaching program – I would like to offer my services to help coach new trainers coming onto the team. I have had years of experience both in training and the technology world and I would like to utilize this information to help others in their career. Coaching will also help me fulfill my personal need to help others obtain what they need or looking to gain out of their jobs.
4. Job Rotation – If at all possible I think we should start a job rotation program. The team has grown immensely and it would be helpful to see what others on the team experience so we can all perform better in our main roles. When rotating to different positions each person will learn what is needed to be successful in that particular role and it is a great way to find out what is of interest to us. It is hard to know what direction to pursue when one is not sure what the other roles are and what is expected in those roles. This could help with the “where do you see yourself in 5 years” question which is reviewed during every evaluation.
5. Job Enlargement – while coaching is in and of itself a job enlargement, I would like to help out where ever my skills are needed on the team. After the completion of my degree (which should hopefully be the end of this year) I will have more time to devote to extra responsibilities in my career. I am not a person that does well sitting still and I would like to fill that time with helpful work.
6. Volunteer work – again with the completion of my degree and the large integration/conversion project I would like to take time to give back to the community. I know the company is an advocate for such things and I have been lax about getting involved – I would like this to change next year.
Those are the items that are imporatnt to my personal development. There is a lot in that list and while I hope to do it all I know it is a large undertaking. Some items are shorter in duration than others so instead of 6 it is probably more like 4.
Helene A. Smith
Noe, R. A. (2010). Employee training and development (5th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
Pace, A. (2010). UNLEASHING POSITIVITY IN THE WORKPLACE. T+D, 64(1), 40-44.