Career development is an important aspect of job satisfaction and overall well-being for employees. However, too often, employees feel like their career growth is out of their hands, leading to resignations and turnover. As a result, it’s crucial for organizations to empower their employees to take control of their career paths and provide them with the resources and support they need to succeed.
Why Empowering Employees Matters?
Empowering employees to develop their careers not only benefits the employees themselves, but it also has a positive impact on the organization as well. When employees feel like they have a clear path for growth and development, they’re more likely to be engaged and motivated in their work. This leads to higher productivity, better job performance, and lower turnover rates. Besides this, a company that invests in its employees’ career development is seen as a more attractive place to work, making it easier to attract and retain top talent.
There are a lot of cost-effective ways to empower your employees when promoting an internal empowerment culture.
Offer career development resources
Provide employees with access to training and development programs, mentorship opportunities, and resources for skill-building and networking. This can include in-person workshops, online courses, and even resources for self-development learning. In our experience, many organizations today offer an amount annually for each employee to pursue the courses relevant to their career.
Encourage open communication
Create a culture of open communication by regularly gaining feedback and encouraging employees to share their career goals and aspirations. This can be done through one-on-one meetings, regular performance reviews, or even through employee surveys.
Promote a growth mindset
Encourage employees to embrace challenges and view mistakes as opportunities for growth. Set some stretch goals, offering constructive feedback, and celebrating successes no matter how small they are.
Provide opportunities for new projects
Give employees the chance to get involved in projects outside of their comfort zones and to take on new responsibilities. This can help them develop new skills and gain a more diverse understanding of the company.
Create a culture of continuous learning
Encourage employees to continuously learn and grow by offering opportunities for professional development and by promoting a culture of lifelong learning.
Provide flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options, hybrid work models or family/personal flexibility to support employees’ personal and professional goals.
By giving the opportunity to your employees to develop their career internally you help them create a career path within your organization and you also help them to improve by advancing their own skills in a different role.
We believe it’s a win win when you give employees the tools to advance in their career. It boosts motivation, happiness and involvement, makes the workplace more appealing, increases commitment and boosts overall productivity.
At Emerald Zebra we partner with organisations to assist them to hire the right people, assessing skills, experience, motivations, career aspirations and overall cultural fit.