A manager’s guide to using the remote personal development template effectively.
Focus on what you can control—don’t let personal development fall by the wayside.
Even as social distancing mandates have kept most of us working remotely and unable to continue our regular after-work activities, it’s important to keep our goals in mind. Personal development can’t fall by the wayside—for you or any of your people.
We’ve developed this toolkit to help you brainstorm growth avenues amid all the restrictions and uncertainty. It includes a remote personal development template (which you can download below) and this manager’s guide.
The toolkit focuses on five straightforward areas of development:
This is just a starting point for managers. It’s designed to get the wheels turning and explore all possible options for personal and professional growth. It’s important to encourage employees to prioritize a few specific goals based on what makes sense for each individual.
That said, here’s a quick primer on how to use each section of the template:
Think about business skills as they pertain to your organization in its current form, but also as they might apply to future endeavors. It’s important people have an understanding of:
Encourage your team members to be self-aware and rate themselves on:
Keeping an eye on career goals is especially important if your company has a growth culture. If you put that on freeze, your culture could erode. Encourage employees’ longer-term aspirations through:
Discuss how people feel they’re doing with:
Be sure to devote time to people stuff, too. Talk about non-work goals, stressors, and motivators. Encourage people to continue driving toward their best selves, while also being fair in their personal assessments. It’s not an easy time for anyone, after all.
Regardless of where you focus, it’s equally important to document and track development goals. Make sure to touch base regularly and note employees’ progress with the priorities that have been established.
Remote engagement can be complicated. People aren’t sure what they’re feeling or where they ought to be focused when so much is indefinite. A simplified personal development plan can help ease these feelings.