By Judith Sherven, (PhD)
Perhaps it goes without saying, but I want to underscore that today no longer are employees content to earn their salary, do a good job, and primarily enjoy their lives away from work with their families and friends. Today the skilled employee wants to excel at what they do as a measure of their worth and as a way to enjoy their life. And they want to know that their future holds promise both professionally and financially.
So your role as a manager, in order to excel at what you provide for the people who report to you is to see them as multi-dimensional in their time with youâ€”helping them grow and improve in what they do for you currently AND helping them prepare to move ahead, get promoted, grow in their professional skills and confidence.
Not only will your team members appreciate your care, concern, and help, they will want to mirror back your belief in them by providing ever growing excellence in their work.
Here are 5 Tips For Basic Career Development
#1 – In your 1-on-1 meetings be curious about what the individual wants from their career as they move forward. I don’t know needs to be challenged and probed.
#2 – Provide a primary goal for professional development each time you meet with your direct reports after reviewing how they’ve come along with the last assignment you gave them.
#3 – Ask your reports to list the top three professional skills they are comfortable owning. Point out skills that they may need to put closer to the top of their list. Then discuss areas for professional growth that support their advancement.
#4 – Review each of your report’s ability to ask for help. Challenge them to get even better at it no matter how well they do it now.
#5 – Discuss gaps in your reports leadership skills. How well do they speak up at meetings, support others on your team, write professional reports, all with an emphasis on how these skills impact their professional future.
The fact that you are expressing belief in your team members current abilities and helping them to advance their future growth will go a long way toward building a lively, productive, and positive team!
What else would you add to this list?