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Individuals in an organisation form its vital
resource and must be valued, nurtured and
retained. Employees are the most valuable
assets and truly the backbone of an organi-
sation. Every employee in his/her own way
contributes towards the success or failure of
an organisation. Without employees in an
organisation, even the most powerful machinery
with the latest technology would not func-
Employees should not treat their organisation
as a mere source of earning money. Remember,
your job is not just to come in the morning,
leave in the evening and receive your paycheck.
On the other hand employers should not
treat their employees as slaves.
Employers must invest their time and
resources in training and developing their work-
force for them to become indispensable
resources later on. Employees should be devel-
oped and prepared to face even the worst sit-
What is employee development?
Employee development is a joint initiative
of the employee as well as the employer to
upgrade the existing skills and knowledge of
an individual. It is of utmost importance for
employees to keep themselves abreast with
the latest developments in the industry to sur-
vive the fierce competition. Believe me, if you
are not aware of what is happening around
you, even before you realise you would be out
of the game.
As they say there is really no age limit for
education. Upgrading knowledge is essential
to live with the changes of time. Employee
development goes a long way in training, sharp-
ening the skills of an employee and upgrading
his/her existing knowledge and abilities.
In a layman s language, employee develop-
ment helps in developing and nurturing
employees for them to become reliable
resources and eventually benefit the organi-
sation. Employees also develop a sense of
attachment towards the organisation as a result
of employee development activities.
Organisations must encourage their employ-
ees to participate in employee development
Employees also must take skill enhancement
or employee development activities seriously.
Do not attend trainings or other employee
development activities just because your boss
has asked you to do so. Don t just attend train-
ings to mark your attendance. You just cannot
use same ideas or concepts everywhere.
It is excellent if you know Microsoft Excel
or for that matter Microsoft Word.
Remember simply knowing few basic func-
tions of MS excel would not help you in the
long run. It might help you in the short run.
Excel is not just to store your required data.
There are many other formulae and advanced
applications which one should be aware of.
Enhance your skills with time. Employee
development can also be defined as a process
where the employee with the support of his/her
employer undergoes various training pro-
grammes to enhance his/her skills and acquire
new knowledge and learnings.
Every organisation follows certain processes
which not only help in the professional but
also personal growth of an employee. Employee
development activities help an employee to
work hard and produce quality work.
Employee development activities must be
defined keeping in mind an employee s current
stage and desired stage. Knowing an employee s
current and desired stage helps you find the
gaps and in which all genres he/she needs to
be trained on.
Human resource professionals must encour-
age employees to participate in internal or
external trainings, get enrolled in online courses
to increase their professional knowledge and
Employees start taking their work as a burden
only when an organisation does not provide
any added benefits or advantages which would
help in their personal growth.
Soft skills classes, fitness sessions, loans
with lower interest rates are certain initiatives
which not only motivate an employee to do
quality work but also help in employee devel-
Employee development not only helps in
enhancing knowledge of employees but also
increases the productivity of organisations.
Employees, as a result of employee development
activities are better trained and equipped and
work harder to yield higher profits.
All about employee development
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