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By: Kathy Albarado on April 22nd, 2009

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Local Companies Demonstrate Best Practices In Employee Development

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Best Practices of Helios HR Apollo Awards Finalists

The Helios HR Apollo Awards recognize Washington area organizations that place an intentional focus on employee development. Nominations were reviewed by an independent panel of judges and were narrowed down to 27 finalists across four categories. Some of the practices and tools used by Apollo Awards finalists in promoting employee development include: job april-2009swapping, robust orientation programs, consistent brown-bag training luncheons, targeted career coaching, leveraging the use of technology through learning management systems, robust knowledge management programs and structured on-the-job training.

We culled through the applications of our finalists and found some very innovative and exciting ideas that we wanted to share to assist you in integrating training and career development opportunities into your own organizational culture. These tips should prove very useful in promoting and supporting employee development:

Tip One: Effective on-boarding is vital to fostering retention, increasing productivity and enhancing the professional development of your team.

One Apollo Awards finalist company believes and puts into practice the philosophy "career development is synonymous with team member engagement." For this company, career development literally begins during new hire orientation and assimilation.

Tip Two: Aid each individual employee in the progress of his/her professional career.

This Apollo Awards finalist offers an abundance of career development opportunities for their employees, beginning with a two-day "Boot Camp" for all new hires and continuing with a Talent Management Program, a formalized Meet the CEO program and mandatory career coaching.

Tip Three: Cross-train team members in other functional areas.

Imagine communicating with and training a workforce where approximately 75 percent of the team is home-based. Employees in this company do not have the opportunity to learn from others by simply "walking around the office", so this Apollo Awards finalist had to get creative in promoting employee development and communication.

Tip Four: Encourage employees at all levels to bring any manager new ideas and suggestions for improving procedures, processes and efficiencies.

Employees and managers at all levels in this Apollo Awards finalist organization bring ideas and suggestions to each other on development and growth opportunities. They foster an atmosphere of openness where upward, downward and cross-departmental communication is truly embraced.

Helios HR congratulates all of our Apollo Awards finalists. These organizations demonstrate a commitment to fostering a culture of continuous learning and employee development! We encourage you to attend the Apollo Awards ceremony on June 5th at the Fairview Park Marriott where we will recognize our finalists and winners and share additional best practices presented by nominating companies.