Employees are the most valuable asset of an organization. Without quality people, great products will never reach their potential and amazing services will never be known. Although hiring fantastic people is a great start, that isn’t where it ends. We have to treat our employees like a resource that needs to be optimized. It makes sense to look at our people to see how we can improve them to see them reach their full potential. Here are 3 tips of how to see your people flourish:
Allow for Input
Nobody wants to be a mindless drone that simply does a job just to do it. We love to have our opinions heard. We want to feel like we are a valued member of the team with something special to contribute. By allowing your people to be a part of the team and contribute their ideas, you gain instant buy-in from your employees which makes them interested in accomplishing the plan, because it is their plan. Don’t just listen to their ideas, actually implement some of them. Every good idea doesn’t come from upper management. A lot of the best ideas come from employees at the ground level who see what is happening each day.
We all understand that training is critically important, yet we devote very few resources to training our people. As a student in school, you were never given a test without first being trained on how to successfully pass it, so why would we throw our people to the wolves and expect them to perform without proper training? In addition to increasing proficiency and skills, training is also a huge boost to employee morale. By investing the time and money into training, you show your employees that they are valuable enough for you to invest in. You will find an organization’s priorities where they invest their time and money.
Offer Advancement Opportunities
When you limit how far your best employees can go in your organization, it opens the door for them to find out how high they can climb with somebody else. It is critical to provide career ladders or an individualized development plan to help employees identify where they would like to be in the future and how you are going to help them get there. By thinking ahead like this, your company should be able to internally produce the leaders and skilled workers of the future. Try to train your own people for advancement and give them preference over outsides hires. They have been loyal to you in the past, so invest in them and return the loyalty.