Our employer's guide to personal development plans covers the benefits of PDPs and 5 steps to creating a PDP with your employee. Learn more.
As a business, your people are your most important resource, so it is essential that they’re able to perform to the best of their ability. Implementing a personal development plan scheme can help them do that, as well as keeping them feeling fulfilled and motivated in their roles.
Supporting employees in developing their competencies through personal development plans (PDPs) helps themto futureproof their skills and enhance their workplace performance – which of course benefits the business too. Using PDPs, you can engage your employee's abilities, commitment and knowledge to maximise their potential and that of the business. Personal development plans are also a good way for an employer to show that it cares about the development and long-term careers of its people.
What is a personal development plan?
Personal development plans are used to document an employee’s existing skills and development objectives and map out their path to career progression. Each plan should be completely tailored to the individual and is usually put together by the employee with input and support from their manager. PDPs set out to chart how an individual employee can grow professionally by recognising the skills which need developing in order to successfully reach their goals.
PDPs aim to:
The business benefits of personal development plans
A 2019 survey of HR leaders found that finding and retaining qualified employees was one of the biggest challenges they faced. 85% of these leaders also stated that they would be willing to use unique approaches to upskill underqualified candidates, acknowledging the importance of an employer’s role in helping their employees grow. While PDPs can help to close skills gaps in the workplace, they offer employers several other benefits too.
The key word to remember while creating a PDP is ‘personal’ - there is no one size fits all. However, when creating a PDP with your employee it’s a good idea to highlight any crossovers between their individual objectives and those of the company.
Five steps to create a personal development plan with your employees
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