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1Professional Development Plan (PDP)Kristin Ferry, John-John Howard, Dempsey Oliver, Lauren Saenz and Stephanie TolliEmployee Development/HRM 326August 15, 2016Rick Lab
2Professional Development Plan (PDP)A professional development plan is used to document goals, required skills, andobjectives needed for continuous improvement and career development. Working closely withteam members, upper management identifies the necessary expertise and resources to supportindividual career goals; along with, organizational needs. The plan is used to communicateorganizational goals and used to accomplish objectives within reason of the desired expectations.Regardless of whether one is looking to advance within the organization or change their focustoward new goals - designing adevelopment planwill assist team members in reaching theirdesired goal(s).The following professional development plan will cover the needs analysis for TargetCorporation that is broken down into organizational, team, and task analysis. Learning objectiveswill be included; along with, the appropriate delivery method. Lastly, the evaluation criteria,measurement and collection points, a timeframe, and expected results quantifying success,failure, and an in-between outcome will be discussed (University of Phoenix, 2016).Needs AnalysisEffective training requires an analysis of the necessity of the training, the target audienceof the training, evaluating the effectiveness of the training, and how the process repeats itself toensure training courses remain relevant for the employees and the organization. To make surethat the employees of Target Corporation are successful, a needs analysis must be performed.The importance of conducting a well-rounded needs analysis will ensure that Targetcontinues to grow and provide the customer with an exceptional shopping experience. Targetwants to provide its employees with the best training possible, so they know their job inside andout, have the confidence to keep moving forward within the organization, and to provide 100
3percent customer satisfaction. With hundreds of thousands of employees, 120 different careerpaths, 1,797 stores in the United States, and a globally accessible website, Target requiresemployees with an extensive range of skills and training.The training program should be highlytailorable to adequately address the requirements of each career path, while also retaining areasonable amount of consistency. To compete with other similar stores, such as Walmart, Targetneeds carefully develop and present a brand that differentiates them from the competition.Innovative products that cannot be found at other stores, paired with quality customer servicewill give Target an edge.Organizational Analysis“Target offers a mix of career development opportunities to help build the best team andwork hard to keep the top talent by identifying professional development goals and supportingtheir growth”[Tea161]. Target offers over 120 career paths that team members can apply for andexperience. Target also has created tools and systems that give team members the ability to trainand enhance their skills. Three methods used are teaching and mentoring, talent management,and a regular review process[Tea161].