The Role of HR in Employee Development

Michael Linick
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The highly competitive markets have made it essential for companies to put in more efforts to support the development of their employees in view of increasing productivity.

One department that can promote the development of employees within the organization is the human resources department.

The human resources department undertakes critical studies to evaluate the proficiencies of the employees to know the weak areas that need to be further developed. With this information, they organize the relevant training programs and professional courses to improve employee skills. It is also essential that the employees understand why they should participate in these training programs.

A major flaw in the operations of the human resources department in many organizations is limited communication with only the top executives in the organization, neglecting the need to develop a close relationship with the employees.

Essentially, the human resources team represents the organization. This means they should always be available to listen and interact with the employees whenever they face challenges in achieving a proper work-life balance.

Your employees will always have needs. Whether it is a difficulty in adopting new techniques or learning new skills, it is essential that the human resources team identifies these weaknesses and takes the right measures to correct them.

It is a bad idea to generalize the potential issues that your employees will face while carrying out their official duties. This is why it is essential that the human resources team attempts to identify individual problems that exist among the employees. With this information, the most effective training programs can be organized to address these issues.  When common issues faced by your employees have been identified, the human resources team can group the employees based on their common issues, and targeted training programs will be arranged for the different groups. This is a collective effort during which all the top executives and management should be involved because the employee working standards determine the extent of your businesses success.

One of the crucial functions of the human resources team is to educate the employees about the importance of actively participating in the training programs.

When your employees realize the benefits of these programs and how crucial the new skills that will be learned are in improving the company’s business, they will be more interested in these training sessions.

Experts from Cours Gratuits, company that provides professional courses in different fields, tell that the process begins by educating the employees about the importance of developing their professional skills. It is a model that also recognizes outstanding performance. This will make other employees realize the advantages of training programs in developing their skills. Training sessions hand out certificates at the end of the programs as a confirmation that the employees have indeed had that training.

Plan and select only training programs that address specific needs of the employees

It is essential that every employee who participates in these training programs derives value from the sessions. And if the advantages are not apparent in their output, the employees will lose interest in future training programs.

One crucial aspect of training programs for employees is the need for the process to be interactive. Participants should be given practical activities with deadlines that will keep them engaged throughout the process.

While setting up training programs and seminars makes up a big part of an organizations effort at improving employee productivity, other aspects such as introducing social events such as outdoor leisure activities for the employees, and in-house parties go a long way to strengthen the bond between employees and the top executives in the organization.

About Michael Linick

About Michael Linick

Michael has worked in Employee Engagement for over six years as Consultant, Project Manager, Account Manager and – most recently Client Success Manager roles.  He works with major national and international companies to help them gain maximum benefits from employee feedback. 


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