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Individual Development Plan (E)


Individual Development Plan



What is the Individual Development Plan? What are the main activities of individual development plan?


Posted: Aug 2009

Goal of every company is the overall successful performance. Every individual is taking responsibility for the part of successful performance of the company. It is necessary to make development plans, in order to make the managers and their subordinates successful. 

Although every employee develop at his/her position through the time, the learning curve need to be shaped not just through the every day’s work, but also through structured development plan. The Individual Development Plan is the formal development tool used for structured approach to employee development.

Individual Development Plan ( IDP ) is formal document that identifies an individual’s learning and development goals. The manager and employee jointly develop the Individual Development Plan. That plan contains trainings, education and development activities ( formal and informal ) related to competences needed to meet the goals of Individual Development Plan. The IDP focuses on personal development of employee.

The IDP is and organizational approach to professional development activities and programs that are designed to improve employee's professional skills and the department's productivity. The Individual Development Plan helps organizational assessment of the individual's current skill levels, strengths and development needs. Also, the IDP can be used to compare the employee's current abilities with job competences required by the specific position.

The Individual Development Plan defines the development activities. There are several different type of development activities defined by IDP.

The Individual Development Plan defines the development activities. There are several different type of development activities defined by IDP.

Work Assignments is the IDP part where the employee is assigned to different projects and activities. The project can be dedicated to employee's IDP or the employee can join project related to different activities. All activities are defined by IDP time table. It is recommended that most of the employee IDP activities are done through work assignments. Fishbone Diagram can help in root cause analysis during assessment of work assignments.

Manager Coaching / mentoring is another method used for Individual Development Plan. Immediate supervisor usually does this role, though the employee can be assigned to other managers too. The IDP defines specific areas where the manager will provide coaching

Education Courses / Seminars is the last segment of Individual Development Plan activities. The IDP should describe specific education courses or seminars that are relevant for employee's development.

The ratio between work assignments, manager's coaching and education courses can be different. Still, it is recommended that most of the activities are related to practical work. Therefore, work assignments could take 70% of time, manager's coaching 20% and education seminars can take 10% of activities defined by Individual Development Plan.

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