Professional development is important for every working adult. Professional development includes knowledge and skills that help a person improve their personal and career development. As a business owner, it is imperative that you communicate the value and importance of professional development to your employees. Not only should you encourage and support your employees to improve themselves on a professional level, but you should hold them accountable to that commitment for growth by encouraging them to set goals and making that part of their work experience at your company.
One to three goals is the ideal range for each quarter so that the employee is able to focus on specific objectives. There are a variety of goals that employee can set for themselves including job goals, project specific goals, performance goals, and educational goals. Professional development can happen in many different forms including classes and conferences, online training programs, coaching, mentoring, consultation, independent study, corporate programs, and more.