How can you assist your employees when it comes to advancing their career, and why should you do this?
If you put the effort into your employees, they are going to know that you care, and this should help to form a bond of such between you and your employee. When people feel valued, this is when they do their best work, it’s when they try their hardest, and it’s when they feel loyal to those who are there for them.
In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you can do to assist your employees in advancing their careers, so keep reading to find out more.
Send Your Employees On Training Courses
If your employees have a particular skill that needs to be developed or perfected, then we recommend that you look for a training course that will help them do this, even if this is delivered outside your organisation. There is often external funding to help with such upskilling, and the result will no doubt benefit both you and your employee.
Rather than waiting for them to leave role due to frustration at their lack of development, they will return from their training course inspired and more confident in their skillset, and your business then has the oportunity to benefit from an enabled, enthusiastic worker and an enriched skillset while they are still in post.
Helping staff to develop their abilities and competencies is an important part of helping them to advance their career. Look at the skills that they have, and speak to them about which they would like to advance. The courses that you send them on should ideally be directly relevant to their current role, but they can also be aspirational. For example, if your employee was looking to move abroad to Ireland, for instance, you might want to encourage them to take online Irish courses to develop their understanding of the language and better enable their chances of employability in the future, whilst also expanding your own company’s potential to develop new connections with companies in that country too.
If you see great potential in an employee to become a leader in the future, consider connecting them to a sponsor at the top of the company who can help to guide them and equip them with the knowledge they need to rise through the ranks into a position of authority over time. Having an advocate who can vouch for them and help them on their career path is a massive support.
Encourage Staff To Learn New Skills
It might be the case that you start encouraging them to learn an entirely new skill to prevent them from becoming siloed or from stagnating in their career. As an employer, it is vital to do everything in your power to help them acquire the skills that they need.
This could be achieved through setting up shadowing or mentoring by those in job roles where people within your business possess the skills that your employee needs to develop. It would be ideal to enable them to be taught directly in-house by people you trust.
By sitting down and talking with them, explain to them why you think that they need this skill and what it could do for them. From there, you can start setting them up with more opportunities that will help them to reach their next level.
Of course, it may be that your employee decides to move on after some time to pastures new. But rather than thinking of this as a failure, or as the training as a waste of money, it will have done wonders for your company’s reputation as a fair and supportive employer. This in turn means that you will find it much easier to attract excellent future prospects who appreciate companies who value and support their staff. There is no better advert than employees who leave the company happily and rave about the company and the opportunities it gave them to everyone they meet.
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do in order to assist your employees when it comes to advancing their career. It’s important that you are doing everything that you can to help your employees achieve their goals, and take their career further with your company.
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