Jerome Ternynck, founder and CEO of SmartRecruiters, said of employee development that you must “Nurture employee growth to keep your workforce strong.” That’s one piece of sage advice that no employer should ignore.
But the real challenge for many employers is not the willingness to develop talent in their workforce but how to go about it. With the right steps and proper execution, raising talents within your organisation shouldn’t be difficult. This post provides an insight into how successful companies do it.
Invest in Employee Training and Development
The old axiom states that “You get what you pay for.” If you want to get the very best out of your team, you should be ready to invest in training them.
Becoming a leader and top performer at work doesn’t just happen automatically; there has to be some investment. This can come in the form of practical training, skill acquisition or some other avenues to build character and capacity.
Recognise and Reward Performance
Everybody likes being appreciated, especially when it is deserved. Failure to do this may result in a gradual descent in employee commitment and performance. Try to encourage performance at every given opportunity and see how it helps build the morale and performance of your team.
Everybody likes being appreciated, especially when it is deserved.
Also, throw in some incentives in the form of bonuses or promotions for better results. Sherrie Scott from SmallBusiness affirms that rewards have benefits for both employers and employees – with the latter getting more involved in organisational functions and being more productive.
Provide Attractive Welfare Packages
This is very different from the salary your employees earn. To motivate your employees to grow you should be willing to provide services, facilities, and other benefits for their comfort.
These can come in the form of free meals at the office, free transportation, as well as financial support in case of illness or injury sustained as a result of work, etc.
Since this approach will raise the overall expenses of the company, the benefits compensate for that. Generally, once an employee knows that the company cares about him, he is more inclined to be committed to his work.
Be a Worthy Role Model
Finally, you want to lead the way while your employees follow. There’s no better way to begin or inspire a culture of excellence than being a role model they look up to. Let them see you passionate about acquiring skills, being professional, giving your best, and playing active roles in the overall growth of the company.
There’s no better way to begin or inspire a culture of excellence than being a role model they look up to.
They will naturally follow in your footsteps and even try to out-do you. This will give rise to individual and collective growth – which is what you are trying to achieve.
Talent development in your workforce has everything to do with your employees and how you relate to them. You have the power to hone their skills and prepare them for bigger challenges single-handedly. You just need to be strategic by applying these tips. Take note that this is a long-term investment and should be continuous. When the results begin to show you’d be glad you stuck it out.