By Calvin Gower, Trüpp.

It’s no secret that job satisfaction is tied to opportunities for growth. While we most commonly associate growth with moving up within an organization, this also relates to the personal development of an employee. A manager who can help nurture the continuous learning of new skills and tools will bring their team to new heights.

So, what are the main components of building a successful development plan for your employees?

Tie it into their strengths and aspirations. An employee will have greater success if their development plan plays off what they do best and what they want to achieve long-term.

Narrow down the areas of development. Minimalism is underrated. Start with a simple and straightforward plan that is focused on small wins. For those who excel at a faster pace, you can always add more later.

Identify specific activities to engage in. If you can relate projects and work expectations to development plan goals, it will be easier to measure success and establish opportunities for growth.

Aim for a win-win. Think about gaps you have in your team and try to match them to an individual’s development goals. Don’t be afraid to let employees drive this aspect as much as possible while making suggestions based on the overall team priorities.

Define success. Create measurable goals to see if the development plan is paying off and don’t forget to celebrate the successes!

When a development plan is built and implemented, it’s important to have follow through. Tie it into your one-on-ones or regular check-ins between performance evaluations. Wherever possible, give them the reigns to encourage personal buy-in and autonomy. Make resources available, take time to coach them along the way, and provide the support and encouragement they need to succeed. Lastly, revisit the plan and its corresponding goals periodically to make adjustments and course corrections. With a plan in place and consistent follow-through, you can drive the success of your employee’s development plans to the finish line and take your management game to the next level!

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