November 21, 2016
Employee development is a crucial ingredient for enhancing job satisfaction among your employees. Job satisfaction goes beyond just earning a good income and mind-blowing perks. Employees experience job satisfaction from being paired to the right work for which they are qualified, getting opportunities to contribute ideas, feeling appreciated for their contributions, and gaining the opportunity for unrestrained career advancements.
You can best achieve your employee development goals by designing and implementing a pragmatic knowledge management strategy. This approach will allow you to create opportunities for employees to pursue self-improvement opportunities through on-the-job training, research and development, workshops, professional training programmes, and further studies for advanced degrees. By providing employees with such individual development opportunities, you will effectively be preparing them to take on bigger roles in future through promotions to higher ranks within your workplace.
Employee development also involves tapping into the tacit knowledge and explicit knowledge of your workforce by creating a favourable working environment. For example, in cases where tasks are best performed through the application of tacit knowledge, you should allow an employee the freedom to pursue such tasks without interventions from colleagues. Similarly, employees should be allowed to collaborate and learn from each other when performing tasks that involve explicit knowledge. In fact, explicit knowledge and team collaborations provide the best opportunities for passing knowledge down the organisational hierarchy and securing the perpetual existence of your legacy.
The use of a capacity planner could go a long way toward ensuring that you achieve your knowledge management targets while taking into account tacit and explicit knowledge expectations. A well-designed capacity planner helps you schedule a programmatic solution tailored to the needs of each employee. Ability6 is one such solution that gives you control over the parameters that dictate the implementation of successful employee development programs.