- Fear of Under Achieving may sound a little bit dramatic, but when people seek new information, it is often because they have a job to do but they do not have the information or skills to successfully accomplish the work. They have a fear of failure. For example, you want to apply for a big grant that will provide significant funding to your organization, but you don’t feel that you have all of the information or skills needed to prepare the grant and be successful in securing the funding. Professional development can provide the tools one needs to be able to accomplish the tasks at hand and enable one to be successful at getting the job done well.
- Need for Improvement is an employee motivator because it can enable employees to learn how to do a better job in the work they do. For example, an organization does well at helping underserved people getting the job training they need, but they strive to do better and get even more people employed. They want to move their work from good to great. Professional development can provide the information, resources and skills needed to enhance employees’ ability to do an even better job and be able to provide more services and/or better services to clients.
- Desire for Advancement is usually a personal motivator, although it can be management directed. For example, if an employee is striving to “move up the ladder” into a management
position, he will need a variety of skills and both broad and specific new knowledge to qualify for and be successful in a higher level position. Professional development can provide the background needed to learn new information and develop more skills. While on-the-job training is very important, professional development can fast track one’s success.
Questions to Ponder
- What drives your interest in wanting staff to learn?
- Who will benefit from the professional development more – the employee or the organization?
- Why does this matter?