Employee Development on a Shoestring

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-04-16
  • Publisher: Association for Talent Development

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It has been estimated that 70 percent of employee development takes place through informal learning, rather than through formal learning events. Employee Development on a Shoestring offers insights and lessons for leveraging non-training activities for on-the-job employee development. This hands-on resource delivers specific implementation techniques for developing motivated, engaged employees in today's “do more with less” business environment. A handy toolkit for any employee developer, this book provides templates and detailed guidelines to help busy managers develop their workforce in a way that is tailored to each employee's strengths, development needs, and constraints without breaking the bank. Employee Development on a Shoestring provides general employee development best practices as well as in-depth descriptions of the how-to specifics of 11 different employee development methods, including:

  • Step-by-step guidance for initial goal-setting and preparation for effective development planning for every employee and development method.
  • Templates, worksheets, checklists, and guidelines to make your employee development efforts effective and sustainable.
  • A modular, customized approach to developing employees by tailoring the development method to each employee's unique needs and each organization's budget and constraints.
  • Ways to capitalize on development ideas that are easy to implement immediately and cheaply such as self-directed learning, volunteering, sabbaticals and mentoring.
  • The hidden value of job rotation, stretch assignments, and special teams for addressing your employees' development needs while enhancing organizational results.
  • The benefits of peer teaching and how to turn development into fun games and contests.
  • Tools and techniques for developing employees by letting them turn stories from the frontlines into digital content for everyone's benefit and why developing “innovation zones” within your organization may bring huge learning and development rewards.
  • An examination of social learning and the use of multiple collaborative online tools for real time, on-the-job employee development.

Employee Development on a Shoestring is a comprehensive tutorial for all managers, supervisors, trainers, human resources (HR) personnel, coaches, and other professionals who are involved in developing employee competence efficiently and cost-effectively.

Author Biography

Halelly Azulay is a consultant, facilitator, speaker, and author with 20 years of professional experience in the fields of workplace learning and communication in corporate, government, regulatory, not-for-profit, and academic organizations. She is the author of Employee Development on a Shoestring (ASTD Press, 2012), in which she provides managers and supervisors hands-on tools and techniques for developing employees outside the classroom and on a budget. Azulay is the president of TalentGrow LLC, a consulting company focused on developing leaders and teams to improve the human side of work. She is also past president of the board of directors of the award-winning Metro DC chapter of ASTD where she served in various board leadership roles from 2005 to 2010; talentgrow.com/blog.

"Halelly presented via webinar on concepts from her book, Employee Development on a Shoestring. She was attentive to listening to our specific needs as a company and shaped her presentation to relate directly to our culture. She was flexible in her approach and looked for "value-adds" to ensure we would find practical benefit from her time with us... a great partner in learning!"

Joel Lamoreaux, Organization Effectiveness Consultant, Deluxe Corporation
“Halelly is value added. Her creative approaches, knowledge base, personal skills, and uncompromising integrity insures measured success. Highly recommend her talents!”

Elaine Biech, ebb associates inc, training and consulting author and expert

“One of the best professional development and performance management professionals I've worked with in more than 15 years in the field.”

Jon Desenberg, Consulting Director, The Performance Institute

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