One good way of increasing productivity and adding something to the bottom line is to get your employees to improve themselves both in terms of skills and ideas.
Many employers don’t push their employees to improve because they feel the bonus should be on the employee. However, this is a bad idea because many employees need an external driver to push them towards such improvement.
Another reason why some employers may not want to encourage workers to learn and develop is because they fear the employees would leave because they are now more qualified. Employers should not be afraid of that. If you provide a good working environment and give your employees learning and developmental opportunities, your company would be better for it.
Now to the meat of the matter. How do you encourage your employees to learn and develop?
The first action to take is to create an environment that is suited to learning and development. Let the employees know that constant improvement and continuing education is welcome in your organization.
Embrace all forms of learning. Don’t limit educational pursuits to work related areas. Your employees would benefit from a balanced education. You may be surprised at how ideas in other fields can help generate solutions in your business. So encourage your employees to seek learning opportunities even though such opportunities are not hundred percent work related.
You should also make sure you make an allowance for professional development for your employees in your budget. Make sure your employees get regular training so your organization can be up-to-date with respect to issues in your industry.
You should tailor such training to the goals you want your employees to achieve. what skills and responsibilities would your employees need to develop to move your company to the next level? Focus the professional development to achieve your aims. In order to encourage your employes to put in the best in such learning and development,. make it an important part of their annual evaluation.
Encourage your employees to develop competencies that would enable them play greater roles in the company. What most people need is just some subtle suggestion or encouragement and they would improve and develop more skills.
If you are not making active efforts to encourage your employees to learn, you are missing out on some solid business advantages. Implement a training and self improvement culture today and reap the benefits.
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