The Individual Development Plan (IDP)

An IDP is an employee development tool that identifies activities that will help you enhance your knowledge, skills, and abilities. The IDP process provides an opportunity for you to share with your supervisor your goals as well as communicate your strengths and developmental needs. You work together to develop realistic goals and activities to achieve them and your supervisor assists by providing feedback and suggestions.

Completing an IDP should be a joint effort between your supervisor and you. It should consider the organization's needs, technology changes, expected turnover, program plans, etc. The IDP should not be a "wish list," but a realistic working document. You are accountable for following through with IDP activities.

Besides being a good career development tool, the Service has instituted a policy (231 FW 2) making an IDP mandatory for all permanent full-time employees.

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