Almost every engagement survey we conduct at wattsnext ends the same way: with an employee handing over a wish list of further training and development opportunities they would like to engage in.
It’s the general understanding now that training and development is important in businesses. My question is – who should ultimately be responsible for driving employee development in organizations?
My focus when it comes to increasing people performance within businesses is shifting from manager-driven development plans to being more about the employee taking ownership for their own career and development.
Now it might not be as easy as it sounds, and it can be a transition process, but there are a few easy steps you can take to move in the right direction:
Of course, the leaders of the business need to be willing to support the employees along the way to keep the conversations going. But at the end of the day, businesses who allow employees who take true ownership of their career and development (and are given the opportunity to do so) will reap the benefits of employee retention.