Who Is Responsible for Developing an Individual Development Plan?

Both the supervisor and the employee are responsible for developing an IDP. While the employee completes the IDP, with the cooperation and assistance of the supervisor, it is the supervisor who normally has to approve individual activities on the IDP. The supervisor is responsible for performance improvement, and the IDP process is an important tool to achieve that objective.

Developing an IDP is a collaborative effort. When the employee and supervisor systematically work through the steps in this guide, an important opportunity exists to:

    Discuss critical job requirements and responsibilities,
    Outline the knowledge and skills needed to perform the work,
    Identify an employee’s talents and needs,
    Define individual job satisfaction and
    Improve both organizational and individual performance.