5 Ways to Improve Employee Development at Your Company

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This week’s Friday resource comes from HuffPost and offers five ways to assist employees in their personal development.

Many companies, especially start-ups, are often focused on short term growth to assure the business can stay afloat. But if businesses are to stick around for the long-run, employee development should be approached with a long-term mentality that comes with both short and long-term ROI benefits.

Employees want to know their leaders have their best interests at heart. And for millennials, opportunity for development is a workplace necessity.

Per David Hassell, “Your people are your company.” Here are 5 ways to improve development amongst your employees:

1. Professional Training
“Let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way.

Depending on the role, formal employee training may be required to ensure competency and even excellence. Create a knowledge-base of critical information and best practices to pass on to new hires as you grow your team. This will be time-consuming at first, but will pay off in the long run.”

2. Coaching & Mentoring
“When company leaders are intentional about having the right conversations regularly take place, employees can self-reflect on their accomplishments and managers can support them in achieving their true potential.”

3. Cross-Departmental Training
“I like to think of my business as an ecosystem. In nature, all of the different species of plants and animals are interdependent. They ultimately create a harmonious balance in the system by constantly making corrections. For example, a shortage of vegetation during drought creates competition in prey species. This in-turn creates greater competition among predators and their numbers decline as well. A new balance is formed where the healthiest individuals of every species can thrive.”

4. Develop “Soft-skills”
“It’s unfortunate that these vital skills have been de-emphasized in corporate environments. Even the name ‘soft skills’ makes them seem relatively unnecessary. Dan Goleman’s framework of emotional intelligence at work is just as important as the intellectual know-how required to perform a specific task. Self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill all play a vital role in effective leadership and execution at all levels of the organization.”

5. Personal Development
“Your employees don’t just exist in a professional capacity to serve your organization. They are whole human beings comprised of physical, intellectual and emotional experiences. For them to evolve both personally and professionally, employee development must be holistic…”

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