Community//

Yes, You Can Do Professional Development on a Budget

We all know that the professional development of staff is essential for the growth and well-being of an organization, but it often gets nixed because of the assumption that a substantial amount of time and money is necessary for ongoing training to be feasible. However, with a little creativity, you may find that you have […]

We all know that the professional development of staff is essential for the growth and well-being of an organization, but it often gets nixed because of the assumption that a substantial amount of time and money is necessary for ongoing training to be feasible. However, with a little creativity, you may find that you have all of the resources you need to continually develop your team without spending extra money and with minimal extra time.

Here are three low-cost, minimal time-commitment ideas to get you started thinking about a professional development program for your organization today.

Host a resource share

Resource shares are free, fun, and lighten the load of a professional development program by divvying out the work among all team member. To establish a regular resource share, you would set-up weekly or monthly gatherings and assign a team member to lead each meeting. On their turn, each team member brings a book, article, video, or something else that they’ve found to be informative or useful and present it to the group. This method has the added benefit of getting employees actively engaged in the process rather than simply being passive attendees.

Take advantage of in-house expertise

Most organizations have a plethora of experience under their own roofs. Poll your employees for special skills, passions, and professional experience and arrange for them to spread the wealth at a formal or informal organizational meeting. These presentations could take place in a boardroom or over coffee after work, depending on the topic.

Launch a mentor program

Help your new employees adapt and grow into their roles by pairing them up with senior staff through a mentor program. This program could could be as formal or informal as best suits your organization. For example, you could simply ask a more experienced team member to check-in with the new staff person regularly. Or you could formalize the mentorship by setting forth some guidelines for the mentor to follow (e.g., weekly meetings, occasional assessments, etc.).

There are many approaches to training and professional development for organizations that are short on resources. With a little creativity, you can create something that keeps your team growing and thriving for years to come.

There are many approaches to training and professional development for organizations that are short on resources. With a little creativity, you can create something that keeps your team growing and thriving for years to come.

Want to learn more about how to provide professional development to your team when you’re short on resources? Check out this article in the NonProfit Times.

This article was originally published on AlvinHopeJohnson.com.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

MSW (New Moms) Human Resources Hiring Strategies
Community//

5 Ways To Identify And Retain Talent with Mallory Tesauro & Kage Spatz

by Kage Spatz
Community//

“To create a fantastic work culture tie in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs” With Lisa Williams of TravelTrim

by Yitzi Weiner

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.