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Employee development activities help
employees to enhance their skills and
upgrade their existing knowledge for them
to contribute more effectively towards the
success of an organisation. Trainings and
employee development activities make indi-
viduals reliable resources for the organisation
and motivate them to deliver their level
best. Regular trainings prepare employees
for unpredictable changes in the system or
unforeseen adverse situations.
Let us go through various methods of
Form various committees of staff mem-
bers from different genres and skill sets.
Invite employees to be a part of the com-
mittee where they can exchange their ideas,
knowledge and new learnings.Such com-
mittees help employees break the ice among
themselves and come closer. Information
sharing is one of the best ways to acquire
new skills and knowledge. Let employees
learn from each other. Appreciate if someone
comes up with a brilliant new idea or con-
cept and so on.
Encourage employees to participate in
conferences and seminars in line with their
position and skill sets. Don t let them attend
trainings which are not related to their job
specifications and organisation.
Ask them to give a brief download of the
conference they had already attended to
their fellow workers as well. There is
absolutely no harm if others also benefit
from your knowledge. The employees can
also give a brief presentation of what all
they have learnt in the conference or sem-
Employees learn a lot of new things while on job
itself. Write critical incident notes and share with all
other related employees. Pick up any incident where
an employee showed tremendous intelligence, used
his innovative ideas and utilised his skills to find a
solution to any problem. For example a complaint
by any client was handled well by an employee. Pre-
pare a critical incident note and share with fellow
workers. If a problem was not handled well, highlight
the same as well. Write a detailed note on what all
skills and new learnings would help an employee
Field trips also help in employee development.
Take employees out for client visits, plant visits, site
visits and so on. A team manager once in a while
can take his team members for client meetings for
them to get the desired exposure. Site visits or plant
visits help an employee to gain better understanding
of their job responsibilities and day to day work.
Human resource professionals must provide man-
uals, guidelines, checklists, organisation policies for
the employee to know what he is supposed to do in
the organisation. Design key responsibility areas of
employees in line with their education qualification,
interest areas, specialisation and background.
Employees can also be provided additional respon-
sibilities by their team managers. Make them account-
able for their teams. Every employee looks for addi-
tional challenges in the organisation. Once an
employee has proved his abilities in a particular genre,
assign him/her some additional duties.
Job rotation also helps an employee to develop and
enhance his skills. Employees can be asked to con-
tribute in different genres and departments as well
on a temporary basis.
If your employee wants to learn additional skills,
ask him to follow his fellow workers and gain from
his talent and mentoring. Such a process is also called
job shadowing where an employee does not contribute
much to a job but learns significantly from his col-
Ask employees to work in teams. Every individual
has his/her own area of expertise. Let employees
gain from each other s knowledge and experience.
Motivate employees to help each other learn new
Human resource professionals or team managers
can circulate important study materials, reports, arti-
cles, journals as learning alerts.
Give adequate learning opportunities to employees.
Ask them to perform tasks which they have never
performed before. They would definitely go back and
do some homework before finally accepting the chal-
Supervisors should act as mentors to their team
members. Be there for them and help them grow
Motivate employees to register for various online
courses, distance learning programs which would
help them in their professional career.
Performance appraisals also help in employee devel-
opment. According to 360 Degree appraisal, managers,
supervisors evaluate the performance of their team
members and give them necessary feedbacks. The
results of an appraisal help an employee know his
shortcomings and how he can work on the same.
Methods/ways of employee development
to employees. Ask them
to perform tasks which
they have never
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