One constant is change. Technologies change, processes change, research creates and promotes change (Aguinis, 2013). A need for constant change and improvement exists in any organization to remain competitive in the global environment. This need to remain current in teaching and supporting the teaching and research at the College of Business requires that employees invest in their personal development. To assist with this, the college of business not only provides funds for professional development supports ongoing development through the development plan. The objectives of this plan, the content, and the development activities of the development plan for the College of Business will now be discussed.
A development plan that is strategically developed and vigilantly drafted affords employees the opportunity to expand their talents, advance their career paths, and by extension enhance the organization (Insperity, 2012). In order to obtain benefits from employees, an organization needs to continually invest in their development. The individually developed plans will focus on personal and professional opportunities to develop talents that will enhance performance. Continuous educational opportunities are the goals of this plan.
The plans will focus on developing or sustaining performance in current positions (Aguinis, 2013). Development opportunities should relate to an employee’s performance in their current position. In reviewing annual evaluations or during weekly coaching sessions, opportunities for the development of skills will surely arise that can be incorporated into the development plan. Additionally, advancements in technology will prompt additional development needs to sustain or advance skills and talents (Babej, 2012).
Prepare Employees for Advancement
Preparation for future opportunities within the organization is a second objective of this development plan. A strategically sound organization such as the college of business will continually develop employees grooming individuals to advance within the organization (Aguinis, 2013). The plan seeks to prepare employees, noting potential to be found and developing the noted talent through trainings, advice, coaching, and other developmental methods (Aguinis, 2013). Beyond developing current skills, the plan will seek to foster new competencies that are applicable to future positions within the organization as well.
Enrich Employee’s Work Experience
The opportunity to expand and challenge oneself enriches the employment experience (Aguinis, 2013). The vision for the College of Business is: “We are in the business of building successful futures” (UCCS, 2013). This building of futures includes all stakeholders, not just students or faculty. The university does not always have funds to compensate employees with large merit rewards, but the college expends great effort to ensure employees feel valued...