Development is also important to employees because it offers them the opportunity to learn new skills and to advance to higher-level jobs that use those skills. Performance evaluation and training activities are developmental activities designed to enhance employee skills for the benefit of the organization and employee (Papmehl, 2002).
The challenge of attracting and retaining high quality workers is part of the human resources function in corporate environments. This can be done through traditional human resource responsibilities such as salary surveys and benefits programs, but can also involve creating a work environment which answers some of the different needs that today's increasingly high-technology workers have. For example, some human resources departments have worked within their organizations to create flex-time, which allows workers to come in at times which better suit their personal situation. In other instances, companies have created work environments where child care is provided on-site, or where employees are able to work from home on occasion (telecommute) so that they are not burdened with traffic and are able to spend more time with their families. These so-called "soft" benefits can have a significant effect on the ability of companies to retain employees and can help companies gain and maintain an edge over competitors who are not as proactive in this area, and who may not recognize the importance of meet