Examples of individual development plans can be found under online resources provided by government and universities in the United States. The plans help to identify career goals and areas that an individual can actively improve upon through training. Employee development plans are tools used by supervisors in government agencies to set goals for employees and target their strength and weaknesses.
When done effectively, the supervisor steps into the role of performance coach for employees. With frequent follow ups and progress reports, individual development plans can provide support and motivation to those being mentored.
Some examples of activities recommended in employee development plans include further education and online training, attending conferences and on the job assignments.