You likely know that professional development has been proven to improve employee engagement. Offering your employees opportunities to learn and grow demonstrates that you care about your employees as growing professionals, not just as employees of your organization.
So what can you do to show that you are invested in your employees as people? Show interest in their passions and goals by working with them. In this post, we will cover a few tips on how you can help your employees become the happiest, best versions of themselves.
Invest in continuous learning
Employees cannot get better if they do not know how to be better. According to Glassdoor, feedback should be given in real time rather than just at employees’ annual reviews. Pay attention to areas where each employee could use some improvement and address it in a positive, consistent way. This also applies to positive traits—make sure you are frequently showing your appreciation for areas where employees excel.
Consider new positions for your employees
Employees do not often stick with employers that do not provide opportunities for their staff to move up the ladder. If your employees constantly see outside hires brought into manager positions, they will likely feel held back. Some may excel in their role, but may not possess the leadership skills to be promoted to manager. Consider other roles for these employees. For example, Get Smarter discusses the role of the “Individual Contributor.” This employee might be promoted into a teaching role rather than a manager role. They have a narrow focus and are used to teach others in their position rather than overseeing their department.
Have a career development meeting
Consider having annual or semi-annual career development meetings with your employees to discuss their goals within the organization and their broader goals as a professional. The Balance Careers recommends having the employee think about where they would like to be in three years. If they would like to move up in your organization, give them some suggestions on how they can improve their performance and move forward.
Encourage and reward
Glassdoor emphasizes the importance of recognition and rewards. Positive feedback motivates employees and helps build trust. Take the time to get to know employees and give them personal rewards to thank them for a job well done and show that you have taken time to get to know them as a person, not just as an employee.
Managers obviously want hard working, loyal employees, but this cannot be obtained by micromanaging and keeping them in the same position forever. Help them help you by giving them the care and resources it takes for them to be the best employees they can be.
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