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Assess Your Company for Development

July 8, 2001
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Related Topics: Career Development, Employee Career Development, Featured Article
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The statements below are designed as an initial assessment of how your organization,division, and/or department is doing at responding to the employee search forpersonal growth and development. The assessment is meant to guide your thinking,not to provide a definative quantitative appraisal of your progress. For eachquestion below, use the scale provided to answer how true the statement is ofyour work environment: 1 = not true, 2 = somewhat true, 3 = true

__Managersin our company sit down with employees and discuss their developmentand the organization's plans for their growth at least every six months.
__Employeesare often given the opportunity to be part of task groups and assignmentsoutside their core job responsibilities.
__Ourcompany has a career-development program that helps people becomemore aware of and responsible for their own career development.
__Employeesin our company have learning plans that identify what skills theywant to learn, and they have input into those plans.
__Thetraining programs in our company and the trainers who lead them focuson the application of the learning to personal as well as to professionallife.
__Transferringto a new project, assignment, or division in our company is an openprocess with few barriers.
__Duringtheir first year, new recruits are often pleased by the opportunitiesfor growth and/or interesting work.
__Theannual performance review is not the only opportunity to discuss developmentneeds.
__Ourorganization supports sabbaticals, when employees take a period oftime to achieve a personal goal.
__TOTAL

Score:

< 12
Take a full week's management retreat for brainstorming policiesthat address these concerns.
13-17
You're beginning to look responsive.
18-22
You are above average in meeting today's workers' needs, butthere is still room for improvement.
> 22
You are an inspiring example, and probably have the best workersand a strong bottom line to show for it.

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