APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Employee Growth & Development

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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.

"Winning this award has validated the hard work all our staff put into their work every day. In an industry that has high staff burnout and turnover and is usually in the press for failing, Green Chimneys strives to change that paradigm. We celebrate our successes and learn from our failures."

Joseph A. Whalen
Executive Director
Green Chimneys