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November 13TH, by Jason Tiemeier, No Comments

How to Develop Your Workforce

Before you grow your business outward, you have to turn your attention inward. Without a strong, healthy, and skilled workforce at the core of your business, success can be short-lived.

The benefits of developing employees are manifold. On a financial and logistical level, developed employees improve your business’ performance through increased productivity, retention, and skill-building. These employees are smart, savvy, and good at what they do. As a manager or business owner, they make you look great—you could say, their success is your success.

On a more personal level, the effort you put into developing and improving employees will make everyone feel good about what they do. It’s fulfilling to see your team succeed, and as an employee, you feel valued. Everyone wins!

So how can you ensure that your workforce is primed and ready for action? Here are our top tips to help you develop your workforce:

1.     Lead By Example

The “do as I say, not as I do” strategy doesn’t go over well when you’re managing adults. The sign of a true leader is that they lead by example. The first step in developing employees is giving them something—or someone—to aspire to or look up to. Give your employees a mentor rather than a boss, and earn their respect rather than demanding it.

2.     Open the Line of Communication

Communication goes both ways. Management is not a dictatorship; it’s a symbiotic relationship. Ask questions, and be receptive to the answers you receive. Although you oversee the team, you have to let their input guide your decision-making to an extent. After all, you can’t know what they need unless they tell you.

3.     Create a Plan

Once you understand what your business needs now and where it’s all headed, you can create a strategy to meet that vision. This plan will help you navigate employee development and allow you to set milestones for growth. Assess the current situation, and compare it with where you want it to be in the future. Set achievable goals that will get the team there. SMART goals can help you with this. Use the tools that are available to you, such as software systems and development strategies.

4.     Foster Growth

Managing a team is a bit like planting seeds in a garden and giving that garden the environment it needs to thrive. No single factor is going to drive that growth. For a garden, you need water, sunlight, fertilizer, and support structures. Likewise, when developing a team, you need to give your employees an environment that fosters growth. Know that not everyone will progress at the same rate, but move forward with the knowledge that each team member will bring something unique and valuable to the table. When you invest in your team, you invest in the company.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, employee development can be a lengthy process, but it is incredibly worthwhile. It’s about recognizing what your team has to offer and bringing out the very best in each member. It’s understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to helping your employees improve, and making an effort anyway. It’s being patient and thorough, knowing that change doesn’t happen overnight. But when it does, everyone reaps the rewards.

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