For those businesses which depend on a large team of employees to keep their company afloat, the development of this team is essential to keep your business operating functionally and to avoid staff turnover and dissatisfaction. Employees need to feel fully supported and know that management cares about their development.
Why is This Support Important?
Your employees need to know that their development is a priority. Supporting them in this will offer the following advantages:
They will feel more motivated and productive
You will decrease the risk of them leaving the company and seeking a business which does support their goals
You can align your employees’ personal goals with the business’s
It will create a more supportive and positive atmosphere
Your employees will be more transparent with you
The Following Suggestions Can Help You to Support Development in Your Workplace
The best way to understand what the goals of your employees are and to best align them with what your company needs is to sit down regularly with them and have a discussion. Regular reviews are perfect opportunities for this, as you can openly discuss the development of your employees, what they have achieved so far, and what they hope to achieve in the future.
You can then assess whether this development has progressed, or goals reached by the time you have your next review. Performance management software can help you to keep track of employee goals and development, too.
Create Learning Opportunities Wherever You Can
Developing new skills and learning something new doesn’t need a specific appointment to do so. Within business and a workspace environment, there is the opportunity to learn something new every day. If you see a certain customer, situation, or event as the perfect opportunity to teach your employees something new about the business or to develop a new skill, discuss it openly with them, such as a quick team meeting or an email.
Let Employees Figure Things Out for Themselves
Good leaders should always be on hand to answer questions and help employees when they need it. However, sometimes taking a step back and giving employees breathing space to figure out problems themselves can be very rewarding and enable them to develop their problem-solving skills.
Ask your employees questions or how they would deal with an issue when the opportunity presents itself and give them the time to work out how they would best handle the situation.
Delegate Important Tasks
Putting employees out of their usual comfort zone or offering a task which you think they would be suitable for (and which they don’t usually do) can be an important test in viewing new skills they might have. Perhaps the employee has voiced that they would like to take on more responsibility, or specifically named a task they would like to do. Give them this opportunity to prove themselves and see how they manage.
They will also appreciate that you gave them the chance to try, too.