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Individual Development Plans

Individual Development Plan Concept

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An IDP is a tool cooperatively developed between a supervisor and an employee, in which development needs of the employee are forecasted and scheduled in order to enhance the employee's competencies.

The IDPs are a useful tool for employee development because they provide:

  • Logical and structured framework for assessing the needs of both the individual and the organization.
  • Merger of individual goals with organizational needs.
  • Methods for organizing developmental experiences instead of haphazardly committing both time and money on what may or may not be useful experiences.

IDPs help the employee and supervisor identify developmental needs that address essential competencies, legal requirements, career development, and professional growth.

It allows the employee and supervisor to focus limited resources in the area of greatest need.

The process may also help an employee identify areas of growth outside the job that are important to that individual.

Last modified: September 21, 2012
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