In a modern workplace, employee development is incredibly important. Finding talented employees is difficult for even the best companies. Instead of trying to find elusive qualities in your prospective employees, you can train the workers you already have to possess those qualities. 

In addition to giving you better-qualified workers for the same salary, you can also improve your employee retention because your newly trained workers will feel more loyal and grateful to your organization.

A robust development strategy helps you with employee retention. It can also help you recruit employees who are looking for growth potential and development opportunities. In addition, your development projects can also increase employee engagement in your workplace.


Be a Coach and Not a Manager

A manager directs people, gives orders, is generally in charge of things. In comparison, a coach provides support and encouragement. While a manager tells you what to do, a coach gives you the training and support you need to find your own way.

When it comes to employee development, you need to have a coaching mentality most of the time. This technique helps your employees learn new skills through their own effort and dedication. In addition, people tend to respond better to coaches. 

No one likes to be told what to do, so some employees will naturally rebel under the direction of a manager. There is nothing wrong with being in charge and making the decisions, but you still have to gauge the reaction and sensitivities of those underneath you. 

Since a coach is merely a tool to help you achieve your own goals, it is easier to listen to a coach and make changes. For your development program to work, you want to help employees help themselves achieve their dreams.


Make It Social

Modern employees want to have a collaborative, social work environment. This is especially true for millennials. Considering how much time is spent at work, it also makes sense that employees would want and need to socialize with their co-workers.

Socializing at work is important for more than just your employees’ mental and emotional well-being. When it comes to project management, the importance of team building cannot be understated. 

Each social experience and event helps your team members form close bonds with their co-workers. This makes them more likely to support each other’s goals and development. In addition, employees who socialize with their co-workers are more likely to continue working for your organization over the long run.

There are many ways you can promote a more social atmosphere at work. On a physical level, you can rearrange desks and cubicles to create a more open, collaborative atmosphere. Development opportunities can also be a chance to socialize if you host seminars and courses at your organization. If you have remote teams, try creating online communities for your workers.


Leverage Technology

When it comes to effective performance management, technology is definitely your friend. Software programs, online platforms, and other tech options can help you train your employees. 

Instead of having to spend thousands or millions of dollars on a training department, you can record your training sessions and use technology to conduct each training program. In addition to saving on costs, online, standardized training also ensures that each employee gets the exact same support.

E-training programs and software solutions can help you track employee progress in real-time.


Start a Mentorship Program

There is a reason why most people turn to a coach or a teacher when they want to learn something new. A teacher helps to simplify your learning experience and save time. Instead of reading dozens of books about a topic to find the right one, a teacher can give you the exact text you need right away.

The same concept is true for your upper-level employees. They have already learned from experience, so they can pass on that hard-won knowledge to new employees. Through a mentorship program, you can capitalize on the skills, knowledge, and experience of your upper-level employees. 

In addition, this kind of program can encourage your lower-level employees to stay with your company by giving them the support they need.


The Workplace is Changing

Technology and analytics make it easier than ever to train employees and track their progress. As a result of these programs, you can also increase your employee engagement, productivity, and retention. Contact us today to see how we can develop an effective HR Strategy in your organization.