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How to Encourage Growth in Your Employees

As an employer, you need to do more than simply pay your workers for what they do. A good boss will always be working to encourage growth in their employees no matter what. Here are some of the best ways you can do so...

Team Building

Some people may shudder at the idea of team building days but they also have an important purpose. They are excellent at bringing a team together and forcing them to work together in ways they might not have before.

Whether this is a new team that has just been set up, or an established one that has worked together for many years, a team-building day can give them the opportunity to learn more about each other. Building strong interpersonal relationships is incredibly important, no matter what size the team is. By knowing more about each other in some capacity, a team will know how its members are likely to react in given circumstances. There is always something new to be learned about each other, and team building is a great way to do it. If you are based in the capital, take a look at some of the London team building activities available for you to try.

Sponsor Training Courses

No matter what industry you are in, there is likely to be a whole raft of training courses that your staff could undertake to help them further their careers. There are even some courses that all industries need to look at, such as nominating dedicated first aiders.

These courses can be expensive. On top of that, your employee might have to pay transport costs and even overnight accommodation depending on where the course is located. By offering to pay for their course in some way, potentially covering the cost of the course and providing them with expenses for the journey, you could help them attend these valuable courses.

This will have many benefits for you. In addition to having a more skilled employee, they might also be able to provide something valuable to the company that you can then use to further your business. For example, you could send them to a specialist course to get them properly qualified for a specialist area in your industry. If your competitors do not yet offer this, you might be able to push yourself out ahead of them.

Meanwhile, if you're dealing with financial issues, you can find ways to raise money, like filing for a loan that provides different options that will work for your needs to help fund the courses your employees need. It can be an excellent way to raise more money without having to cut any employees or cause any unnecessary workarounds to the company's budget, especially if necessary cost-cutting has already been implemented.

Internal Promotion

One great way to encourage your employees is with internal promotions. Once upon a time, it was common to work for just the one company for the majority of your adult life. However, things have now changed. It is common for people to move roles after just a few years, searching for something new.

If you create the opportunities within your company for progression, it is likely that you will find your employees willing to take them on. Many people don’t enjoy job hunting and they would rather stay put in one company, particularly if they like working there. When your senior management do move on, it might be better to look for internal candidates instead of reaching to find someone new.

Be Understanding

The working environment can sometimes be incredibly difficult. Though you should strive for 100% from your employees most of the time, you also need to understand when they can’t deliver that. No matter what, you need to make sure that you are understanding and sympathetic to your employees’ current situations, whatever they may be.

If you are willing to give your employees the space and support they need in more difficult times, you will see a positive change later. Employees will be prepared to give more to a company that they know will support them when they have problems. Creating an understanding environment can be difficult. You may want to start with an open-door policy and a simple message to staff encouraging them to come forward if they have any issues.

Set an Example

There is no point in trying to encourage your employees to do better if you do not practice what you preach. You need to make sure that you are setting a good example for them around the office so they are able to reciprocate through their own actions. Being a good manager can take many forms. You need to make sure that no matter how you choose to do it, your employees know that they are valued.

Encouraging a good rate of growth in your employees can be incredibly difficult. Whether you are looking at team-building activities or courses your staff can undertake, you need to make sure that they never impact upon the health of the business. Take the time to find what works best for your business and don’t be afraid to try something new. Encouraging growth and opportunities for your staff is always going to have positive outcomes.

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