When employees come to you and tell you they want to learn something job or industry-related, find a way to help make it happen.
If there’s a conference for which you have budgeted, send them. If there’s a certificate program they need to further their skills, sign them up.
Responsibility lies with you, as the manager, to follow up on each employee’s learning. I have seen many professionals go to a conference where all they care about is where to have dinner! Set an expectation. Have the employee go through the program’s itinerary ahead of time and set some goals.
Schedule a follow up meeting for after the event to talk with them about what they learned and how they will apply it. Follow up is key.
Christie Ward, CSP, provides employee training and executive coaching to individuals and teams who want to up their game. Christie’s professional development programs get proven results.