How satisfied are your employees on the job? If they’re like many, the answer might surprise you. In fact, according to a recent Gallup poll, 85% of workers are unhappy at work. This can cause all kinds of issues in the office, including those with morale, productivity and turnover.
The good news is that there is one way to attract the best talent and keep them at your company: investing in their growth. Here are some ways you can do that:
Work with employees to create individual goals.
Sit down with each of your employees to plan out their individual career growth. Talk about the skills they want to attain, the types of projects that most interest them, and what steps they’ll need to take to achieve their goals.
Offer coaching and mentoring opportunities.
As a manager, you have a lot of responsibilities. However, it’s still important that you make time for coaching and mentoring your employees. You can focus on developing one simple skill, or on overall career growth. But the end result should be to help each one to reach their potential. This is not only a powerful tool for the employee, but for your company bottom line, as well.
Connect on a regular basis.
Don’t just schedule annual performance reviews with each of your staff members. It’s also important to be connecting with them on a regular basis through check-ins. These can happen every week, every other week or once a month. But the purpose of them should be to ensure employees are on track with their work, meeting milestones when it comes to their career goals, and to discuss any issues or areas of concern. This ensures problems can be addressed before they escalate.
Commit to your own development.
It’s important to show that professional development is an important part of your career too. So lead by example and tell your employees the different ways that you invest in your career, whether it’s attending seminars, enrolling in online courses, or reading industry publications. Talk about what you learned and how it benefits you as a leader.
Developing employees isn’t always easy. However, considering that your people are your most important resource, it should be at the top of your list. Not only will you retain your best employees and improve their abilities, but attract higher caliber staff down the line, too.
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