6 ways employers can promote employees’ development

Fostering career growth among individuals will help your entire organization succeed, but it goes beyond occasional training sessions; it’s part of a cultural mindset. Consider these ideas.

Employee development ideas

Taking an active role in developing your team demonstrates confidence and concern for the organization’s future.

It also gives employees feelings of significance, community and value.

When you create a culture in which employees can reach their goals and know their thoughts and insights are appreciated, you boost productivity, morale and engagement.

Put these six tips into practice to help employees grow:

1. Encourage professional development. High-potential employees are not satisfied with the status quo. If given the proper guidance in their development, they will become the future leaders of your organization.

2. Create a development plan. Help your employees establish goals that are aligned with their strengths, interest and experience, as well as with the overall business strategy. Establish goals and expectations to help them set their sights on career opportunities.

3. Pair employees with mentors. Find someone in a similar role to the employee’s. Mentoring relationships can foster positive and productive working relationships, helping employees learn and gain encouragement and support in their careers. When coached with encouragement, your employees can help your business adapt to changes and achieve greater success.

4. Help them build their networks. Recommend opportunities within the organization, as well as networking or professional groups that will help them build strong connections.

5. Challenge employees with assignments. Get your employees to leave their comfort zones. Employees can’t move forward if they don’t grow, and they can’t grow if they never leave their comfort zones.

6. Show employees you trust them. If you want to help employees develop, trust them to do their jobs by getting out of the way. Let them know what your expectations are by modeling the behavior you expect—show them you trust them. This not only lets employees know what they need to succeed and gives them greater ownership, but it also shows them that credibility and trust are important in your organization.

What do you do to encourage employees to reach their goals?

David Grossman is founder and CEO of The Grossman Group. A version of this post first appeared on The Grossman Group Leader Communicator blog.

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