1.1 Background to the Study
Professional development is the process of developing employee’s, skills and experience so that the objective of the employment can be achieved (Adams, 1989). A company can obtain its tasks by developing employee’s profession according to their field. Professional development is not only beneficial for the organization but it is also important for the employees (Davenport, 2006). Professional development is based upon three functions. First one is the development of knowledge of the employees, second one is the development of the skills of the employees and the third function is the development of the employee’s experience. If we take knowledge, how the development of the knowledge of the employees is possible. This is the main issue for the employees of the organization. When an employee is selected the employer thinks that employee is complete by anyway because he has gotten the required education by the employer. That thinking of the employer is not as accurate as he thinks because after getting the degree many other improvements remain incomplete which necessarily enhance the knowledge of employee and without these extra improvements he is not able to face many flourishing problems due to the advancement in technology and rapid increase of globalization. The improvement in the knowledge of employees is necessary to do work productively and efficiently, (Davenport, 2006).
The fact is that the continuous about his field is successful for any individual employee and for the benefit of whole organization (Bowling, 2007). If we take the second function for the development of employees is experience. An experienced person can solve the problem arising in front of him while working in the organization. Employees who after getting education directly to the industry can’t perform well as according to the requirement of the employer, (Bowling, 2007). Inexperienced person can’t handle the work therefore he can’t satisfy the organization’s required goals. As experience increases employee is going to be able to make decision as efficiently and in very short time. We take the third function which has to be developed by the employer for the improvement of employees is the skills of the employees. A non skilled person is in difficulty when he leaves a low level organization and goes to the new high level organization he is not able to perform well because of advance technology (Gordon , 1977). You can take the example of software different packages if a person is not able to work out on new software now employer has needed to develop his skills relevant to his field.
1.2 Statement of Problem
Inadequate training of workers in an organization leads to a poor output. Organizations must improve the work performance, productivity, skills and ability of its employees. The problem is how to motivate workers to achieving higher productivity.
Based on the above stated specific objectives of the study, these research questions were raised:-
1. Is professional development necessary for the effective performance of workers in an organization?
2. To what extent does professional development beneficial to an organization?
3. To what extent can training reflect on workers performance?
1.4 Purpose of the Study
1. Is to find out if professional development is necessary for the effective performance of workers in an organization.
2. To ascertain if money and time spent in professional development of workers is wasted effort
3.To find out the extent in which professional development is beneficial to an organization
1.5 Significance of the Study
The study brought out a number of important findings which necessitated formulation of tangible improvement in professional developments that will eventually enhance levels of training.
It’s also hoped that the study will serve as a reference source to future researchers in the area of professional development of organization members of human resources organization.
1.6 The Scope of the Study
This study deals with the influence of professional development on workers performance in an organization (A study of Etsako West Local Government Council, Auchi Edo State.
1.7 Limitation of the Study
The limitation of the study was time constrain, financial constrain, and respondents attitude. The timing commences with second semester examination and also more was put on extra effort on the field, which include night and weekends.