As an employer, it is as much your responsibility as it is of the employees themselves to take an active interest in their careers. Employees are one of your most important assets and you want to nurture their growth as much as possible. After all, their growth and the organization’s growth are inextricably linked together.
Employees do their part of course, but there are some steps that you can take to help them along the way. In this series of posts, we’ll take a look at some of them.
Linking organization’s goals to employee goals:
This is one of the most important steps you need to take. Generally, many junior to middle level employees are so immersed in their own work that they do not have the time to concentrate on the bigger picture of the role they play in the organization.
This can sometimes cause them to lose motivation too. Link the employee’s career objectives to the organization’s objectives and show him clearly how his contribution can help with his as well as the organization’s growth.
Make him understand how he will grow with the organization and how the organization will grow with him.
Encourage entrepreneurial thinking:
Just as there are a number of tangible things you can do to ensure employee growth, there are a number of intangible things that can take you to the same goal.
One of them is to encourage entrepreneurial thinking among employees, a move that can also benefit your organization in turn. When employees consider themselves entrepreneurs, they have the potential to innovate and open up new channels for the organization.
Take for example a process associate who realizes that your firm is not tapping an important market segment. Though it is not his job responsibility, emboldened by his manager’s encouragement, he goes the length of researching the opportunity and showing you a good ROI.
He can now get to lead the team that taps that opportunity while your firm gets to increase its revenue.