Career development isn’t solely the responsibility of individual employees, but also of the company that employs them.
Good employers make an effort to continuously develop their staff members for more advanced jobs, including those in leadership positions. When a company is dedicated to employee development, it boosts worker engagement and efficiency. It also makes employees’ lives just a bit easier by making transitions into leadership feel natural and seamless.
Below are five strategies that will not only benefit your employees, but your company as well.
1) Encourage Networking
The networking of your employees should be based inside the workplace. Encourage your staff to get to know each other during lunch hours or after work hours. Gradually, have your staff members branch out and meet people in other businesses.
When you support networking, it helps your employees get used to initiating conversations with strangers in their industry, and this can cause them to increase in professional confidence. Networking can also help your staff members become leaders by helping them increase their visibility inside your company.
Think about how you can help your staff members attend industry events and conferences. While networking, they can positively represent your company to the rest of your industry. Take note of staff members who go to networking events on their own time, as these folks tend to be prospective leaders.
Mentorship programs are not just helpful for new hires, but they are also a great cross-training tool for established staff members. Your mentorship or employee shadowing program should include inter-departmental aspects. Doing this leads to both greater organizational proficiency and team performance.
This type of program prepares staff members for broader roles inside your company, including leadership roles.
3) Support Employee Growth
To keep staff members from getting stagnant, give them chances to grow in their current roles. Employees are a company’s most valuable asset, so it is critical to invest in them.
Ways to support employee growth may include covering the cost of formal education or internal training sessions. You can support employees pursuing outside training by posting upcoming development events, including seminars and educational events.
4) Maintain On-going Communication
Continual communication at work is very important to employee development, but only 2 percent of employers supply ongoing feedback to their staff members, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Maintain communication in both regular formal meetings and informal check-ins. Meeting individually on a semi-annual or quarterly basis can help managers and employees identify areas for development. All interactions between managers and employees should have a comfortable atmosphere where employees feel free to voice their thoughts.
5) Set a Good Example
Managers should exemplify the leadership qualities that they would like to see staff members adopt, including transparency, trust, dedication, and respect. Staff members naturally look to their leaders for answers, so those in leadership should keep this in mind. Best of all, modeling ideal leadership qualities doesn’t cost a thing.
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At NSC, we help our clients find business leaders for today and tomorrow. Please contact us today to find out how we can support leadership success at your organization.