travel to a conference. Will the employee learn at the conference?
Would the money be better spent having a trainer come to the company for
a day? Is this just a paid vacation for my employee?
Perhaps the best way to answer these questions is to ask yourself a few questions and then look at the possible (depending on your perspective) pros and cons of both types of professional development: conferences vs. classroom training.
Basically, if you are looking for very targeted information, the classroom approach is probably your best bet. If you want your employees to gain broader knowledge transfer, the conference is the way to go.
There is a moral to this story though. Professional development is VERY IMPORTANT for
Questions to Ponder:
- How many hours a year of professional development does each employee receive?
- Is this amount appropriate?
- What criteria do you use to determine how much and who?