Sharpen your most powerful resource.
Employees are the outward face of your organization. As a principal or as a manager, you want the best people on your team because in the end, they are a reflection of you and your organization.
Professional development helps employees continue to not only be competent in their profession, but also excel in it. It should be an ongoing process that continues throughout an individual’s career. Actively pursuing professional development ensures that knowledge and skills stay relevant and up to date. It also allows employees to be more aware of changing trends and directions in an industry.
With the professional world moving at a faster pace than ever before, standing still will cause you to be left behind as peers expand their knowledge and skills. There is always room for growth and improvement of professional skills. Attending a workshop or joining a mentoring program can provide employees with new ways to sharpen skills within their professions. The more knowledge an individual gains of a specific skill set, the more confidence they will have when performing these skills.
Additionally, professional development helps employees stay interested and interesting. While experience is a great teacher, it often means that we tend to continue what we have done in the past. Professional development opens us up to new possibilities, strategies, knowledge and skill areas.