What is meant by employee development?
Employee development is defined as a process where the employee with the support of his/her employer undergoes various training programs to enhance his/her skills and acquire new knowledge and skills.
An effective people development strategy is key for success and being able to react to changing business conditions. Training (or People Development) is a strange thing. Many firms think they are training their people. Unfortunatly many of their people do not think they get enough training. It's a catch 22!
- Developmental goals are learning-oriented. They spell out the skills, knowledge and experiences the employee needs to either remain effective in his/her current job or support the employee's ability to take on new responsibilities and grow in his/her career.
- Training is a program that helps employees learn specific knowledge or skills to improve performance in their current roles. Development is more expansive and focuses on employee growth and future performance, rather than an immediate job role.
- Skill development and career advancement are very important to most individuals. Talent development is focused specifically on how to develop employees, and has to do with organizations providing learning opportunities and tools for employees to advance their skills, competencies, and overall careers.
Updated: 4th September 2018