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Growing with your employees

  • In today’s constantly evolving market, if employees stop growing, organisations stagnate as well. It has become imperative that companies constantly push their employees to keep evolving and growing
- Apurba Bhattarai

Mar 6, 2017-Every day, a person learns something new, increases experience and improves oneself. For every conscious and intelligent person, self-improvement is a natural process. So what does self-improvement mean and why is it important?

Self-improvement is a constant and continuous development of an individual. Investing in oneself starts right from childhood, learning from your family at home. Then, as we move into school and university, the process is further accelerated and we begin to grow leaps and bounds—through the mentorship and guidance of others and fuelled by personal curiosity as well. But if the foundations of self-improvement are laid early in life, it becomes even more crucial when you become a working professional. Self-improvement is a process where an individual continuously tries to upgrade his/her knowledge and hone existing skills not only to survive the fierce competition but also grow both professionally and personally. 

For instance, many young adults find themselves out of jobs or unable to break into the crowded job market. With so much competition, it becomes apparent that only those with the marked advantages can succeed. Therefore, one has to keep reinventing themselves to adapt to changing circumstances. 

Another aspect of investing in oneself happens on the job. In today’s constantly evolving market, if employees stop growing, organisations stagnate as well. In that context, it has become even more imperative that companies constantly push their employees to keep evolving and growing. The lack of evolution is the death knell for any organisation. Here are some ways that organisations can keep their employees motivated to constantly upgrading their knowledge base and skill sets:

Get employees buy to into the idea:

The first and the foremost role of an organisation is to make its employees realise the importance of self-improvement. Unless employees realise its value on their own, no amount of pressure will help. Organisations need internalise that pushing employees to improve will help them take on bigger challenges in life and also push them to start taking initiatives on their own. Merely sending an email and expecting all your employees to attend training programs or seminars willingly is wishful. Managements need to understand that there is no value of organising seminars or training programs just for the sake of organising. 

What, after all, is the point of hosting elaborate workshops if employees are not motivated to evolve and grow? Managers need to frequently sit with their employees and inculcate the value of continuously improving themselves—making them understand that not only will this make them capable of bagging prestigious projects but will also aid them in reaching the pinnacle of success.

Promote a sense of independence:

When working in a hierarchical system of management, as is the case for most organisations, it is easy for employees to slip into complacency—where they are constantly waiting for direction from their supervisors. While this is a problem that besets most companies, the ones that boast the best sense of fulfilment among employees, are organisations that foster a sense of independence and self-direction in their employees. As a company, push your employees to constantly improve and upgrade by giving them freedom of creativity and challenging them to think out of the box. More importantly, organisations need to acknowledge and encourage new ideas and initiatives. Motivate employees to go through various relevant sites which expose them to new technologies and software. In today’s scenario, internet is indeed one’s best friend. You just don’t have to go anywhere; information (and growth) is just a click away.

Create a healthy environment at the workplace:

Organisations need to create an environment where employees motivate each other to constantly upgrade their knowledge. Encourage your employees to share their experiences and knowledge with each other. 

Make your employees realise that knowledge is something which can never be stolen. Their knowledge will always be with them but if it is shared, it multiplies. Motivate your employees to benefit from each other’s expertise and knowledge. If someone does not know something, ask them to get in touch with fellow co-workers who in turn can guide them further. Employees learning and evolving together is a great asset for the overall growth of the organisation itself.

Promote and help employees who constantly evolve: 

An employee must see some benefit of self-improvement in their respective organisation if they are to remain motivated to constantly evolve. Remember, if an individual is investing his/her time in learning new things, they must reap benefits professionally as well. Employees who have the urge to improve must be given due credit. Promote them accordingly and make a point to highlight their evolution to other employees. 

Review your employees on a regular basis:

Performance reviews are be best ways to gauge which employee is growing and who has hit a plateau. It is also necessary to constantly review employees so that an organisation can understand where employees are lacking and how the company can intervene. 

What floats a boat:

It is important to internalise that every person has different stimuli for self-improvement. There are people that strive for improvement because of ambitions, desire to build successful careers or grow rich. Others are ambitious by nature, and only constant learning and improvement make them happy. Understand what drives an employee and push them forward accordingly. 

Published: 06-03-2017 08:28

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