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Why Employee Development Is Important for HR

Employee development is largely critical for Human Resources (HR) managers to effectively ensure is occurrent. Employee development involves the development, enhancement and improvement of an employee’s knowledge, skills and abilities for usage within an organisation. Businesses essentially aim to ensure employee development is occurrent to meet various workplace goals more efficiently and effectively.

Employee development is a largely essential moment in the lifecycle of an employee and is largely considered by HR managers from the very first moment an employee enters the organisation. HR managers will ensure that they are constantly working towards developing employees to obtain various benefits through the utilisation of a variety of tools and techniques.

One such tool for the effective development of employees is the utilisation of a Human Resource Information System (HRIS). (See bottom of page for more detail). Once the development of employees is occurrent the importance that employee development plays for HR is clear and they are clearly described below.

Increased Employee Satisfaction

Employee development is largely important as it increases employee satisfaction. Specifically, this is due to the effective development of an employee’s skills, knowledge and ability to work within the organisation adhere to meeting the employee value proposition (EVP). An employee will be largely grateful to organisations that aim to develop employees which will hone skills that will last a lifetime, moreover the value the employee gains from development activities is largely appreciated by the employee and correspondingly causes satisfaction levels to be greatly increased.

Moreover, through the development of employees within the workplace an employee is largely influenced into career development. Specifically, HR managers may provide these employees with the effective tools and path through learning and training activities to further develop the employees career. This in turn ensures that employee satisfaction is increasing which is a major objective of HR managers to achieve.

Increased Employee Performance

Employee development is critically important for HR as it effectively increases employee performance. The increase in employee performance is critically due to the increase in development activities that link to training the employee unto how to better improve their workplace activities. Specifically, employees gain the critical skills and knowledge needed to make enhanced and important decisions to perform greater in there work activities.

Moreover, it can be seen that that employees are able to perform greater due to the influence that the fulfillment of the EVP and further the employee satisfaction level has had on them. Employees who are more satisfied work more productively and in turn perform much greater than employees who are not satisfied. Thus, it becomes largely critical for HR managers to ensure they are constantly developing employees within an organisation.

Increased Employee Creativity

Employee creativity has been defined as the various ways in which an employee is able to produce new, transformative and innovative ideas to an organisational activity or task at hand. Correspondingly, employee development has become largely important to increase employee creativity. This is largely due to employee creativity being achieved in an environment that promotes one’s creativity. Specifically, this means that HR managers who aim to develop an employee’s skills may influentially be increasing the employee’s creativity skills.

This becomes largely important as creativity is a major skill that HR managers largely seek in employees within the organisation. Creative employees who come up with new and innovative ideas are able to promote teamwork to a largely productive level. Furthermore, creativity in the workplace enables organisations gain largely unique perspectives to problems at hand and in turn identify largely useful solutions that may be beneficial to the business’s profitability.

Retaining Employees

Employee development is highly important for HR managers in retaining employees within an organisation. This importance is largely due to the costs associated with an employee leaving the organisation. Organisations will lose valuable skills, knowledge and resources from an employee leaving the organisation. In turn, retaining employees has become crucial as for management to successfully achieve.

Specifically, when an employee is developed within an organisation, they are more likely to be more motivated to work. That is, they find the tasks they are completing become much easier and find the organisation is working to help progress their personal skills and knowledge. In turn, this influences the employee to be much more satisfied with the organisation and desire to continue working within the organisation as they are seeing a sense of empowerment, trust and individual strength in the work they complete within the organisation.

Increased Employee Engagement

Employee development is extremely critical for HR managers in increasing employee engagement within an organisation. This is largely due to employees who are increasingly engaged in work activities being more likely to make a beneficial impact unto the organisation. Specifically benefits such as productivity, quality, safety and further increased satisfaction have all been associated with an engaged employee.

When an employee is developed through their both knowledge and skills within the organisation it effectively increases this engagement of the employee due to the perception of psychological meaningfulness the employee gains. It could be seen that a return on investment of valuable the tools through development that the employee gains fulfils a need the employee requires to working passionately in an organisation. Thus, HR managers work to fulfil develop employees to effectively engage employees and in turn acquire a large amount of organisational benefits.

To further understand the development stage within the employee lifecycle and gain an insight into how HRIS plays a major role in not only this stage but all stages of the employee lifecycle, download the following eBook. 

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