Training & Development Tips for Managers
Familiarize Yourself with Learning Opportunities
Become knowledgeable about learning opportunities offered by the department on Parks and Recreation University. Learn what training opportunities are available from other sources outside of the Commission that support your employees' specific trade or profession.
Publicize Training/Education Activities
Ensure that employees have access to information about training activities. Do this via bulletin boards, staff meetings, and circulation of monthly email communications. Parks and Recreation University offers registration for training and access to the training calendar.
Support Job-Specific Training
Job-related training equips your employees to lead better and more productive work lives. Provide time for employees to take classes, cover any fees possible from the departmental budget, and provide adequate release from immediate duties to promote learning. For more information, review the Job Assignments section of Parks and Recreation University.
Encourage and Promote Training/Education for Career Growth
Even if opportunities are not directly duty-related but support a career growth plan for the employee, support the activity as much as possible. Investigate compromises including use of paid and personal time for activities.
Foster a Learning Environment & Attitude
Expect employees to learn and develop skills, and have a positive attitude towards career improvement and growth. Make learning an essential part of the culture in your work area.
Training & Development Tips for Employees
Do Your Homework Early
You are responsible for investigating the course and determining whether it is appropriate for you. Also, make certain you have mastered any prerequisite skills. See the Job Assignments section of Parks and Recreation University. Each division will have a listing of position titles and specific training topics for each title. If you are uncertain about whether to take the class, talk with others who have taken it or contact the Training Office for more information.
Plan With Your Manager
Meet with your manager to share your desire to participate in training programs and classes. Go into the meeting with a suggested plan of how you will get your work done during the period that you will attend classes. Enhance your plan by including classes available online in the e-learning section of the Knowledge Center on Parks and Recreation University. Lastly, ask your manager for opportunities to apply your new skills.
Learning is an active process. Active learners ask questions, do the work, participate in discussions, and take notes. Get involved and you will better master the new skills, and, more importantly, remember them for future use.
Take Responsibility & Use Available Resources
You are in charge of your learning. Take advantage of the class time, practice sessions, and instructor's knowledge while in class. Use resources such as suggested follow-up reading materials, quick reference cards, online tools, and training manuals.
Take Charge of Career Development
Be responsible for taking the lead in your own career development. If you want to get a better job, take steps to find out what training, experience, and education you need to get a better position.