Professional development: An investment in workers that pays dividends in tough times

Professional development: An investment in workers that pays dividends in tough times

Imagine a young leader in your organization sends you a persuasively written request for funding and asks for time away from her day-to-day job to attend a professional development event that could improve her job performance and make her a better leader.

How do you handle it? It’s a tough proposition, particularly in our industry at a time when so many companies have seen their sales plummet and now are dealing with budget cuts and even layoffs. Do you tell her, “Sorry, maybe next

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