The TalentLens UK blog returns with Emma Donaldson-Feilder and Rachel Lewis from Affinity Health at Work looking at how the success of management development programmes can be improved.
Organisations spend large sums of money on management development programmes with the aim that managers apply their recently learned skills and behaviours in the workplace.
However, evidence suggests that this may not always happen.
Often organisations focus on choosing the right provider, the right model and running a ‘training event.’ However this does not take into account the fact that changing behaviour in the long term needs both support and an organisational context that encourages the change.
Recent research carried out by Affinity Health at Work aimed to create a framework for practitioners to help them apply the available evidence about management development and contextual issues. This research recently won Emma and Rachel the British Psychological Society Practitioner of the Year Award 2014.
The research reviewed academic and practitioner literature to understand how to create the context and implement development programmes for manager behaviour that enhance employee engagement, health and wellbeing.
From this research Emma and Rachel have identified five important ways to improve the success of management development programmes:
One of the outputs of this research was a practical checklist that practitioners can use to determine the extent to which they have in place the factors that are important for management development success.
The checklists are useful for practitioners who are planning to run a development programme, currently running a development programme, or facilitating the transfer of learning after a development programme.
We are inviting practitioners who are responsible or partly responsible for running management development programmes to complete the checklist online to explore which factors are in place in their organisation and help further our understanding of the factors described in the checklists.
Please feel free to complete the checklist.
For more information about the research and its findings please visit the Affinity Health at Work website.
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