Having a direction and a purpose for our work can help us to stay motivated and engaged. It can help us to establish goals and efficiently work towards them. Individual Development Plans, or IDPs, can help us to define our direction and map out our career and development path. An IDP is action oriented with checkpoints that can be measured. The key to a successful Development Plan is knowing yourself and being honest about what it is going to take to get you there. But first, you need to own the process and take the time to reflect on yourself and your true career goals.
There are four main sections that should be included in the Individual Development Plan:
A Performance Improvement Plan, or PIP, is a more formal document that outlines what a Team Member needs to do to bring their performance up to an acceptable standard. It is typically for employees who are struggling and performing at a lower level.
An IDP focuses more on career goals and is a proactive plan that helps Team Members to achieve their developmental aspirations. Individual Development Plans are a good practice for all employees as it helps everyone to plan for success.
Planning out your future can seem intimidating. Feel free to use these guides as you start to reflect and put together your Individual Development Plan. Once you’ve completed a guide, attach it to a Spark for easy reference.
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