Challenge: Professionals View Learning and Growth Essential to their Job
“Where do you see yourself in five years?”
Ah, yes, that favorite interview question that you expect your interviewees to be ready to answer if asked. And most do have an answer of some kind—after all, it’s rare to go into any situation not thinking about what it will look like in the future.
Some will have more nebulous visions, while others are precise and driven. Either way, these days, few young professionals care as much about moving upward than they do about expanding their horizons outward. They’d much rather have knowledge than power, and experiences rather than experience.
This is actually good news for most companies, considering that many positions don’t have advancement opportunities. If there’s nowhere to go, how do you compel your team members to stay?
According to a 2016 Pew Research Center survey, "The State of American Jobs," 87% of workers believe it will be important or essential for them to get training and develop new job skills throughout their work life in order to keep up with changes in the workplace.
The promise of challenging work and the ability to reach a level of professional mastery can be pretty appealing, but it’s more than just offering your employees training opportunities—it’s truly about becoming the steward of their success. Not what success means to you, but what success means to them.
Make the effort to learn how each individual defines their fulfillment, and you can provide an environment of continuing and tailored growth. Few companies realize that by investing in and cultivating their employees, they are getting a bigger return on that investment than likely any other investment they make that year.
At RecogNation, our managers start the new year working with their team members to set goals for the next twelve months. Above and beyond traditional sales goals, these are professional goals that pertain specifically to the way an individual can grow for themselves as well as for the company.
Some goals are measurable and evaluated on metrics, and others are designed to stretch the individual’s capacity and viewpoint—often pushing outside the range of normal expectations. Team members benefit from a more broad and marketable skill set, as well as a deeper understanding of how their efforts contribute to their success.
As a company, having goal-driven employees not only drives engagement, it results in a measurable return.
Employee reviews should be more than just an evaluation of performance over the last year; they should be a time of reflection, conversation, and planning. If you don’t know what your employees want out of their careers, don’t guess. Ask! Start and keep a dialogue with your team members so that their appraisals become moments of action, not reaction.
Let Us Help!
We can help you encourage and inspire your employees toward success. Our custom solutions are great for implementing individual and professional goals, and then measuring and rewarding them.
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