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Developing Employees by Harvard Business School Press

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The Business Case for Employee Development

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Ask three people in your organization to define “employee development,” and you will probably receive three different responses. For example:

  • A direct report may focus on upward mobility (“What can I do to get a promotion?”).
  • A manager may speak to employees’ motivation, productivity, and engagement (“What can I do to encourage my employees to do their best work?”).
  • A senior-level executive may address issues such as what it takes to retain and grow top talent to help lead the company in the future (“What do we need to do to ensure that we have the people with the best skills in the right places throughout ...

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