Benefits of Professional Development
There as several benefits of professional development. Through effective employee development, employees become more capable, competent, and confident in themselves and their work. This in turn means performance improvement for the employee and increased productivity for the company. In addition to these benefits, there are several other benefits of professional development programs.
- Demonstrates a commitment to employees and to their individual development leading to reduced employee turnover as employee see personal growth opportunities with company.
- Fosters a culture that encourages, supports, and invests in the development of their employees enhancing the company image and increasing morale amongst employees.
- Increases employee motivation. When you send people to training and invest in them it gives them a sense of value which in turn creates motivation. Employees become motivated through achievement, recognition, responsibility, advancement, and personal growth.
- Encourages the employee to take ownership of his/her career development which positively influences their willingness to learn which in turn leads to increased employee engagement and job satisfaction.
- Helps employees achieve their maximum potential by acquiring necessary skills and competencies.
Supervisor/manager Collaboration and Feedback
- Allows supervisors/managers to develop a better understanding of their employee’s professional goals, strengths, and developmental needs consequently maximizing employee potential.
- Provides opportunities for supervisors/managers to develop his/her coaching skills.
- Provides the supervisor/manager with regular opportunities to discuss the employee’s development. Quarterly reviews help supervisors to record performance highlights when they occur, providing better details for Annual Performance Appraisals.
Organization Goals and Productivity
- Increases productivity due to upgraded employee skills.
- Employees become more versatile and are better equipped to deal with the changing demands of the workplace and business environment.
- Increases responsiveness in meeting organizational objectives through the alignment of employee and organizational goals and objectives.
- Easier for the company to plan, budget, and manage training resources and professional development activities.
- Evaluates outcomes of employees’ training and development efforts by assessing the application of those skills to their job responsibilities.