Why are competencies useful to employees?

Competencies help employees to:

  • understand the competencies expected in their job, the key behaviors they should demonstrate, and the steps needed to increase their proficiency levels
  • discuss with their supervisors the employee’s strengths, areas for growth, and suggested training, and developmental activities
  • focus on specific training and development opportunities that will help them grow and strive for excellence
  • understand the competencies they would be expected to have to move into a new job, particularly for employees who are interested in becoming supervisors and managers or in changing careers