APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Employee Growth & Development

Resources for Employers

Employee Growth & Development

Opportunities for growth and development help employees expand their knowledge, skills and abilities, and apply the competencies they have gained to new situations. The opportunity to gain new skills and experiences can increase employee motivation and job satisfaction and help workers more effectively manage job stress. This can translate into positive gains for the organization by enhancing organizational effectiveness and improving work quality, as well as by helping the organization attract and retain top-quality employees. By providing opportunities for growth and development, organizations can improve the quality of their employees’ work experience and realize the benefits of developing workers to their full potential.

Opportunities for employee growth and development include:

  • Continuing education courses
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Career development or counseling services
  • Skills training provided in-house or through outside training centers
  • Opportunities for promotion and internal career advancement
  • Coaching, mentoring, and leadership development programs

Example:

Organization: Donald Deems, DDS, General Dentistry

Program: “Lunchtime Learning”

Results:

  • Employee well-being
  • Organizational performance
  • Reduced stress
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Satisfaction
  • Increased productivity
  • Self-esteem
  • Reduced turnover

Click here to read more about Donald Deems, DDS, General Dentistry, a 2003 state-level award winner from Arkansas and one of APA’s 2004 Best Practices Honorees.

"Secunda Marine and it's employees are honored to have been recognized by the American Psychological Association as a company that promotes a Psychologically Healthy Workplace. Positive recognition such as this confirms that Secunda and it's employees are headed in the right direction by continually striving to be a Psychologically Healthy Workplace."

Steve Widmeyer
Manager, Human Resources
Secunda Marine Services Ltd.