January 20, 2019
Training and Development 21 August 2017
Employee Development Plans
Isabella A
employee development

An employee development plan provides your employees with a clear path on how they can advance in their careers and how to hone certain skills that will drive them towards success. If employees see that career goals are attainable and are provided a vision on how to attain them, they will be more incentivized to stay in the company to pursue those goals. By establishing  a great employee development plan, you will see increased motivation among your employees, higher employee retention rates, and superior work being accomplished in the workplace. Here are a few steps to establishing a good plan:

Evaluate Yourself

The first thing you should do is evaluate what your company needs. Consider what your objectives might be, both long-term and short-term. What direction do you see your company going? 

For example, if you see your company grows, you will need new leaders. You can start by evaluating what skills those leaders will need. Next, you can look at your current employees and see who has the best capability for those particular skills. By understanding your needs and narrowing down candidates, you can begin preparing these employees and molding them into their potential future role.  


Consistent communication with your employees is the best way to determine what they need in order to thrive in the workplace. Ask them what direction they would like to see themselves going. Talk to them about their struggles, their strengths, and their performance. This will allow you to build a relationship with your employees and inspire them to produce their best work. 

In addition, communicating with your employees will enable you to determine what certain employees can offer and how they can be most beneficial to the company. You can then create different game plans and tactically develop these employees overtime so that they are able to evolve into future leaders.

Set Realistic and Meaningful Timelines

Provide your employees with milestones within a set timeframe. Having these milestones in a tangible timeline will inspire employees to attain those particular milestones. These milestones should be filled with meaningful goals. There are different types of goals and objectives you should have your employees strive towards. There are short-term goals and long-term goals that should ultimately lead to further development of your employees. 

Communicate with your employees and their superiors in order to determine the most effective and feasible milestones for certain employees. These milestones should enable your employee to develop both soft skills and technical skills related to their job. This, in turn, will push these employees to become meaningful contributors and future leaders of your company. Be transparent with these timelines and milestones. Having them visible will motivate employees to track and take control of their individual progress.

Use Prosky

We like to think that ProSky is an awesome resource! Our platform allows you to create action plans with specific milestones for your employees to meet. You can include items such as training programs, team projects, individual challenges, goals, mentoring, and much more.  By using ProSky, you will cut cost and time spent on recruiting and training externally. 

In addition, having a clear path set in front of your employees will allow you to retain talent. Not only will you see retention rates increase, you will see a substantial growth in productivity due to the new skills employees will acquire through accomplishing their milestones. Most importantly, by developing employees, enabling them to taste progress within your company, and helping them gain a vision of growth and success, your company will, in turn, flourish from the results. 

For more information on how to create a great employee development plan, visit us at prosky.co

Isabella Ang is a content marketing specialist at ProSky, a company that gives you the ability to innovatively evaluate candidates and develop employees through succession pathways, so you can recruit, hire, and retain the best diverse talent & culture fit. When she's not working on her next or ongoing projects for ProSky; she spends her days rock climbing, practicing yoga, completing her degree in Computer Science, and tutoring writing skills.