Why Development Plans Should be Comprehensive
The Need for an Effective Plan
Any effective plan needs to be thorough and comprehensive, with a staff development plan certainly being no different. A brief, incomplete or wishy-washy plan will contain omissions and a lack of detail and definitive actions which will be necessary for the employee to develop their skills and become more effective in their current job role, as well as having the capability to perform suitably if they are promoted within the company.
Who Should Come Up With The Plan?
Development plans should be devised and created between the manager and the employee rather than the manager simply coming up with a plan themselves and handing it to the employee to work through. This is because an employee who has been involved in the creation process will take a far greater ownership and interest in its successful implementation, including embracing any training courses or business coaching they are required to attend. Employees who want to attend development sessions will take in and learn far more information than those who are ordered and instructed to attend.
Devising the Action Plan Also Identifies Training Needs
The drawing up of a comprehensive action plan also allows for the identification during the process of the exact areas in which an employee has had little or no experience or training in before, and which they are likely to require in order to develop their skillsets.
This action plan will likely be created during one or a series of business coaching sessions between the individual and a manager or external business coach where the current abilities of the individual are discussed, including an honest and frank discussion about which areas the person has a requirement to improve in and become more proficient. This can often be hard for an employee as they may be unwilling and reluctant to mention any deficiencies they have in case it portrays them in a bad light, which is why the role of the business coach is so important to facilitate and encourage this necessary discussion.
A Comprehensive Employee Development Plan Also Includes What Support Will Be Provided
The development plan not only needs to include what the employee needs to do, but should also contain how the manager and the company will support and assist the person with their development. The best plans will often break down and fail to be put into practice due to a lack of support or resources that need to be provided but fail to materialise when they are actually needed.