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Employee Development on a Shoestring

By  Halelly Azulay

Employee Development on a Shoestring

It has been estimated that 70 percent of employee development takes place through informal learning, rather than through formal learning events. Employee Development on a Shoestring offers insights and lessons for leveraging non-training activities for on-the-job employee development. This hands-on resource delivers specific implementation techniques for developing motivated, engaged employees in today’s “do more with less” business environment. A handy toolkit for any employee developer, this book provides templates and detailed guidelines to help busy managers develop their workforce in a way that is tailored to each employee’s strengths, development needs, and constraints without breaking the bank. Employee Development on a Shoestring provides general employee development best practices as well as in-depth descriptions of the how-to specifics of 11 different employee development methods, including:

  • Step-by-step guidance for initial goal-setting and preparation for effective development planning for every employee and development method.
  • Templates, worksheets, checklists, and guidelines to make your employee development efforts effective and sustainable.
  • A modular, customized approach to developing employees by tailoring the development method to each employee’s unique needs and each organization’s budget and constraints.
  • Ways to capitalize on development ideas that are easy to implement immediately and cheaply such as self-directed learning, volunteering, sabbaticals and mentoring.
  • The hidden value of job rotation, stretch assignments, and special teams for addressing your employees’ development needs while enhancing organizational results.
  • The benefits of peer teaching and how to turn development into fun games and contests.
  • Tools and techniques for developing employees by letting them turn stories from the frontlines into digital content for everyone’s benefit and why developing “innovation zones” within your organization may bring huge learning and development rewards.
  • An examination of social learning and the use of multiple collaborative online tools for real time, on-the-job employee development.  

Employee Development on a Shoestring is a comprehensive tutorial for all managers, supervisors, trainers, human resources (HR) personnel, coaches, and other professionals who are involved in developing employee competence efficiently and cost-effectively.


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Halelly Azulay

Halelly Azulay is a consultant, facilitator, speaker, and author with 20 years of professional experience in the fields of workplace learning and communication in corporate, government, regulatory, not-for-profit, and academic organizations. She is the author of Employee Development on a Shoestring (ASTD Press, 2012), in which she provides managers and supervisors hands-on tools and techniques for developing employees outside the classroom and on a budget. Azulay is the president of TalentGrow LLC, a consulting company focused on developing leaders and teams to improve the human side of work. She is also past president of the board of directors of the award-winning Metro DC chapter of ASTD where she served in various board leadership roles from 2005 to 2010;

"Halelly presented via webinar on concepts from her book, Employee Development on a Shoestring. She was attentive to listening to our specific needs as a company and shaped her presentation to relate directly to our culture. She was flexible in her approach and looked for "value-adds" to ensure we would find practical benefit from her time with us... a great partner in learning!"

Joel Lamoreaux, Organization Effectiveness Consultant, Deluxe Corporation

 “Halelly is value added. Her creative approaches, knowledge base, personal skills, and uncompromising integrity insures measured success. Highly recommend her talents!”

Elaine Biech, ebb associates inc, training and consulting author and expert

 “One of the best professional development and performance management professionals I've worked with in more than 15 years in the field.”

Jon Desenberg, Consulting Director, The Performance Institute 


“This book is a superb resource for growing talent in any industry and any organization.  This book is the perfect ‘guide-on-the-side!’ It will be dog-eared quickly.”
Beverly Kaye, Founder, Career Systems International Co-author, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want
“In this book, Halelly Azulay drills down into the details of how to set employee training goals and follow through. Better still, she gets the importance of keeping employees up to speed in a constantly changing workplace, and doing so in ways that are respectful of their individuality and your company's values.”
Daniel H. Pink, Author of A Whole New Mind and Drive
“Halelly Azulay is the consummate Learning 2.0 thought leader, from strategy to the tactical and practical. This is a terrifically researched guide for building an educated and engaged workforce at every budget level. It delivers valuable examples of benefits and challenges to both employee and organization. Learning is at the heart of the business culture of tomorrow. It is the silver bullet for retaining the best and brightest talent.”
Jeff Marmins, CEO and Founder, C7group
“Collaboration and networking are now broadly recognized as fundamental competencies for effective leaders and teams. Employee Development on a Shoestring offers practical, hands-on ideas to help leaders develop those skills in their employees. With a focus on informal and social learning methods, Halelly has shined a light on ways to increase skills that directly impact business results.”
Keith Ferrazzi, Author of Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back
“Halelly Azulay has written a book that will help supervisors and professionals develop their staff within the limits that most organizations now face–time and budget!”
Marshall Goldsmith, million-selling author of New York Times bestsellers, Mojo and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“In the current economic environment, leaders are challenged to do more with less when it comes to employee development. This book provides practical ideas, implementation tools, and techniques needed to solve business problems that improve employee performance in order to achieve better business results.”
Kimo Kippen, Chief Learning Officer, Hilton Worldwide

Book Details

ISBN: 9781562868000

Pages: 240

Publisher: ASTD Press

Pub Date: March 2012

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111115

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