Employees should benefit an organisation through their performance, as well as the organisation should contribute to the well-being and development of its people.

Depending on the orientation of an organisation - be it a tradition- and rule-oriented organisation, performance- and result-oriented or visionary-participative organisation - employees need specific competencies to master their tasks. Of course, the professional competences must fit the job description. But beyond that, personal competences, communication and social competences and competences to take responsibility are needed to be able to function in an increasingly complex environment.

The more mature an organisation is to face market conditions, the higher the maturity level of workforce development should be.