Creating Opportunities for Employee Growth

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  • 0:03 Going Up, Please
  • 0:38 Your Obligation
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Instructor: Rachel Shipley

Rachel has worked with several businesses developing policies on customer experience and administration.

Successful businesses know how important it is for employees to keep learning. In this lesson, we will discuss how you, the manager, can build a constructive relationship with your employees by creating growth opportunities in the workplace.

Going Up, Please

When you capture that bright-eyed, eager college student and offer him his first job, it is imperative to have a plan in place to continually motivate and provide opportunity for growth. When employees become stagnant and bored with their role, it can be detrimental to their productivity and morale, which can also affect the ability to conduct business efficiently and maximize profits. Employees thrive on seeing a directional plan that displays where they are going and what they are working towards. As the saying goes, 'If you are not moving forward, you are moving backward.'

Your Obligation

As a manager, one of your most crucial roles is to motivate and develop employees. It is your responsibility as a manager to provide a stimulating work environment and create professional growth opportunities for them.

When you provide opportunities for your employees to advance, it sets up a relationship between you and them that is constructive in nature. Your employees will look to you for guidance and feedback to help shape them into the leaders that the business desires. This helps them prepare to assume a leadership role and continue to grow the company.

Steps to Take

A lot of organizations are stuck on the same old training and development courses for employees on the road to promotion and think that by offering those they fulfill their obligation to develop employees' careers. While there are many ways to help employees remain motivated and keep their focus on achieving their goals and furthering their careers, employees need a few key things. Let's go over them now.

The first way managers can motivate employees is with encouragement. Start to be the cheerleader for your employees. Champion them to take on roles they may not be in consideration for. If you believe in them, they will have more confidence. When you develop leaders it also displays that you are an effective leader as well. Also, providing educational opportunities and footing the bill will show a desire to invest in your employees' futures as well.

Next, managers should supply support. Change can be difficult for some people. A lot of people stay in the same job and the same role out of familiarity and comfort. Providing support to your employees will help them feel more confident and willing to step out of their comfort zones.

The next step is training. On-site workshops and mentor programs are great ways to develop new talent. It's not only great practice, but also an excellent opportunity to show employees you are invested in their development.

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