Learn how to develop and enhance the skills of your employees through the PDI – WAU
The PDI is a skill development plan for a specific professional. With its elaboration, companies increase the motivation of the teams and raise their productivity rates. For the employee, it is an opportunity to develop skills and evolve professionally.
Having a well-planned strategic plan, offering relevant solutions to the public and knowing how to build your brand are some of the factors that lead a company to success. But do you know what can’t be missing from that account? The ability of employees to adapt to the organizational culture and perform their roles in an excellent way.
That’s why, in any endeavor, it is essential to have a Performance Management qualified. This does not mean simply monitoring the teams, but rather providing the best environment for them to reach their best levels of production, which goes through the motivation of each employee.
In order to keep them engaged and motivated in the execution of internal processes, it is important to present an IDP, or individual development plan. Don’t know what it is or do you want to learn more about it? In this text we will explain:
- What is the PDI and how does it work?
- How to develop an effective PDI?
- What advantages can be achieved with the PDI?
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What is the PDI and how does it work?
Individual development plan – just looking at the name, you should already have a sense of what the PDI is about, right? It is a career plan for a specific professional. The goal is for him to develop the skills necessary to evolve professionally.
When applied to companies, it is very common for the PDI to also serve as a preparation for an employee to exercise some type of position in the futureImagine, for example, a junior marketing analyst. The PDI would pave the way for an eventual promotion within the company.
It is natural, therefore, that the elements that make up this plan envision both the interests of the company and the personal desires of the employee. That said, it is important to note that the initiative for the development of the PDI may come from the company, knowing the lack in some sector, or the professional himself, interested in his own training.
In all cases, the plan steps must be clearly laid out. It is necessary to establish a goal and the deadline to reach it, in addition to the skills and resources that will be exploited to enable the execution of the PDI. In the next topic, we’ll talk more about your development.
How to develop an effective PDI?
There is no aimless plan. So, the first step in starting to develop the PDI is to determine what you are looking for with it. For this, a complete mapping of the company’s situation is necessary, identifying its needs, needs, possibilities of expansion and availability of professionals.
Thus, it is necessary to understand that the planning results can come in the short, medium or long term. For example, if the company has just lost a senior employee and needs a quick replacement, the IDP goal must be achieved as soon as possible, which requires an acceleration of the process.
On the other hand, if the company envisages an expansion in the market and needs someone reliable to manage a new establishment, for example, there is more time to execute the PDI. With the objective specified, it’s time to turn the key and focus on the individual skills of each employee.
Everyone knows that good people management must know their teams deeply. The weaknesses and strengths in the performance of each professional give an idea of how far they can evolve and where they can go. When you cross this information with the predefined objective, you are halfway there.
One tool that can help in this process is the behavioral profile test. Its realization highlights the professional characteristics of each individual and allows both management and employees to visualize the potential that can be achieved. To illustrate, let’s look at an example.
Imagine that the company wants to increase sales in e-commerce, but the employee assigned to conduct them is not qualified to do so. Upon identifying this, the person responsible for preparing the PDI will develop a strategy to empower the individual, which may include training, workshops and the like.
Yet, it is important to emphasize that the focus should not be restricted to weaknesses. The identification of the professionals’ qualities is essential to find points that can be enhanced. If the goal is to train someone for a management position, working with employees who already have leadership qualities will speed up the process and increase its effectiveness.
Executing the plan
Well, by this point you should have already defined your goals, set deadlines and identified what needs to be done to achieve them. Now it’s time to take action so that everything goes as planned. The plan can be executed using a variety of resources that include, but are not limited to, offering courses and lectures.
Development actions may be the responsibility of management or the employee in question. In any case, it is crucial that they start from an agreement between both parties, even to facilitate the assessment of the professional. If there is this understanding about the path to be taken, the process will proceed much more naturally.
If the goal is, for example, to shape a talent for a leadership position, he can be encouraged to experience new challenges. Managing projects, making presentations, conducting meetings and speaking in public are some activities that can structure a development in this direction.
To assist in the development of skills, employees can be sent for technical visits to other establishments or to participate in seminars related to their area of expertise. Besides that, reading books, coaching and the specific training routine are very useful resources to execute the PDI.
What advantages can be achieved with the PDI?
We started the text by talking about the importance of keeping workers motivated so that they reach their best levels of productivity, remember? That is where one of the main advantages of the PDI comes from. More than good salaries and benefits, the motivation of any professional depends on their perspective for the future.
If there is the impression that the role he performs is a dead end, it is quite possible that the employee will fulfill it solely and exclusively out of obligation, but we know that this is not good for professional performance. Establishing an IDP is a way of engaging teams and make them more interested in playing their role with excellence.
In addition, when implementing the development plan, the company encourages employees to take control of their own professional progress. The result is a body of employees in constant evolution, which reflects directly and positively on the company’s results.
In an increasingly competitive job market, this creates a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining talent. The PDI becomes a differential of the company, which, in turn, will find it much easier to convince professionals that working there is the right path for their future.
Furthermore, we cannot forget the benefits that each individual can achieve by following a development plan. We will talk about some below.
Identification and self-knowledge
When developing the plan, either on their own or in partnership with the company, the professional will undergo an intense process of self-knowledge. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your goals? What motivates you? Answers to these questions can bring valuable insights to both business and personal life.
Knowing yourself is the first step to connecting with something and, in the case of the PDI, that connection is made with the company. The individual who goes through the process of developing the plan’s actions has an easier time identifying himself with the place where he works, which is an important factor for happiness.
As we have already said, nobody wants to feel in a dead end. The POI allows the person to visualize the trajectory that can be followed to reach a new level. This creates daily challenges that prevent the routine from becoming boring and make it possible to achieve a higher level of satisfaction with the career.
Well, as you already know at this point, the POI works as a map to be followed by the employee. This clear direction, which establishes each stage of planning, avoids the feeling of anxiety that can upset someone who does not know what is to come.
With the development plan you know the objective, the deadlines and what needs to be done to get there. In this way, it is possible to carry out effective time management and, at the same time, focus efforts on the actions necessary to achieve goals and professional satisfaction.
The PDI is an extremely valuable resource for companies and professionals. Its execution depends on a thorough knowledge of the company’s needs and the qualities and weaknesses of each of its employees. If done well, it raises the motivation of the teams and facilitates the professional development of those involved.
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