Employee Development

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Here is a piece of training I shared with a Management student this week.

I hope you find it helpful.

Employee Development:

Motivate Employee Participation in Professional Development Opportunities and Improve Performance

An employee development and training program is not something to be checked off on a checklist. The strongest organizations make employee development an integral part of their culture and strategies for success. Learn how to increase your performance by motivating the seemingly unmotivated.

When companies think of employee development, they often search for training programs, educational seminars, coaching, or the latest book that might offer ideas on what employees can do to sharpen skills or strengthen expertise. 

However, none of these programs will be effective if the organization lacks one critical success factor:  individual motivation. An individual has to want to develop himself before any employee training and development program can succeed. 

Some say they’re ‘too busy.’  Some say they’re ‘already developed.’  Some blame the boss—some like burying their heads in the sand, afraid of what they might learn about themselves.

What can you do to help your employees achieve the best performance?

Here are some tips to help motivate the seemingly unmotivated and increase your organization’s overall performance

1. Target the highly motivated and strong performers. 

All organizations have highly motivated individuals. They stand out more easily. They typically like challenges and welcome growth opportunities for themselves. Engage them in activities to help them get even better. The improved performance of the highly motivated will help raise the bar for your entire organization. Those who are less motivated will have to step up the pace.

2. Focus on the future

Rather than concentrate on performance areas that aren’t working for an individual, talk about possibilities for the future. It’s easier to become energized about new possibilities than to dwell on weaknesses. Determine the positive outcome that will occur if a change/improvement is made. For example, you might say, “We can reach more buyers if you can speak more frequently to groups. What can you do to hone your presentation skills to help secure more business?” Help employees keep their eye on the goal, not their ego.

3. Open dialogue about desire.

 Discussions about development should be positive and ongoing — not limited to annual performance reviews. Let the individual lead. Rather than saying, “Here are areas you need to develop,” ask, “What would help you build on your strengths or increase your effectiveness?” When a particular approach has been identified, ask for a commitment to follow through. Create a culture where ongoing development is expected, encouraged, and rewarded at all levels. 

4. Start at the top.

Executives should model the commitment to growth and development they want to see throughout the organization. After all, many problems disguised as employee development issues actually reflect leadership deficiencies of the firm or organization.

Consider using assessments of some kind to help employees gain a more objective perspective about them. Assessments can be helpful or destructive, depending on how they are used. In the end, it’s all about achieving what both the employees and what the organization wants. Be clear about what’s most important to both. 

Again, An employee development and training program is not something to be checked off on a checklist. The strongest organizations make employee development an integral part of their culture and strategies for success. They constantly seek innovative ways to engage their people in development opportunities to achieve the best results.

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Published by cafeboss2503

I am a Retail manager with over 30 years of experience and stories. I started as a shift manager and worked my way up to Regional Management positions. I also enjoy a good cup of Coffee.

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