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5 Ways to Improve Employee Development at Your Company

Employees want to feel that their employers are committed to supporting their professional and personal growth. A concern about the development of your employees can lead to improved performance, increased loyalty, and even strengthen your brand identity. Here are five ways to improve employee development.

Professional training

Some formal employee training is necessary to pass on critical business information and best practices. Orientation training should involve more than technical aspects of the role. Topics should address employee needs and offer easy access to information and skills they need to do their jobs and maximize their engagement.

Acclimatizing new hires to company culture should happen almost organically through regular interactions. Seminars and access to e-learning on various topics can continually augment knowledge and abilities.

Coaching and mentoring

Companies need to incentivize managers to become mentors. Many of them carry too much responsibility to have the time to pass on their knowledge, skills and insights.

Managers who have no experience at coaching may be intimidated by the idea but employees today want more than just someone telling them what to do. Easing into coaching may start as simply as asking whether an employee is facing any obstacles and offering to help.

Mentors who have already passed certain exams, such as the CPA exam, may be able to really help others facing the exam by giving them strategies and techniques. Exam prep for business employees can be very difficult when facing the challenges of work and home life.

Cross-departmental training

In the ecosystem of a business, management has to look at the health of all teams to ensure success. By encouraging cross-departmental training, different teams can see the impact of their efforts more clearly and develop more understanding of how other teams operate.

For instance, a developer could learn from seeing what goes on in a call center and members of a CS team could learn from being a scrum meeting with a development team.

Soft skills development

Developing soft skills is just as important as acquiring the know-how to perform a task. Social skills, self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy and motivation all play an important role in business.

You may not think that bringing in an expert to teach your employees how to communicate effectively is as important as teaching them how to code. However, these soft skills are vital in creating harmony within and between teams, allowing for greater productivity.

Personal development

Employees need to develop physically, intellectually and emotionally and supportive managers help them to do this. Healthy employees are happier ones and providing them with a gym membership or a wellness benefit can contribute to their physical health. Supplying healthy food options are another great benefit.

When people are given the support and training to advance their careers and the tools to do their jobs better, they feel supported. They are likely to feel more loyal to the company and to perform better. Your reputation as a great employer may encourage the best candidates to want to join your company.


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