How Managers Can Help Support Employee Career Goals

Many people spend more time at their jobs than they do with their families. This is why it’s important to have goals to achieve for both personal and professional advancements. Management and employees can form a cohesive bond to ensure that this is successful. To increase productivity, workers need to remain interested and engaged, and employers can provide the means to do so. This can be done in several ways but it takes the commitment, dedication, and creativity of both employee and employer.

Open and Honest Communication

For a successful work relationship, it takes a good amount of crystal-clear communication to create a win-win situation. It’s important for workers to have goals and to be able to share these with management. In turn, employers also need to have goals for their workers. It opens the door for honest collaboration to ensure these goals are attainable and can be met to increase the satisfaction of both parties. Consistently communicating with each other and discussing progress, or lack thereof, can open the doors for brainstorming, creativity, and enhance the desire to succeed. Striking a balance in communication means being able to offer advice, constructive criticism, and encouragement as well as actively listening to your staff.

Employee Performance

It’s important to consider employee performance when running a business. Many people have never heard of gamification in the workplace and why it’s important regarding employee performance. Gamification works because it connects with the employee’s desire for achievement by providing motivation, rewards, and recognition. Friendly competition and incentives can give employees the drive to succeed and stay engaged in both their performance and career goals. It opens the way for increased communication, productivity, and enhances the team atmosphere between staff and management. One of the positive qualities of this method is its knack for keeping employees interested and engaged in their career advancement.

Education

It’s important for management to encourage workers to make the most of not just their productivity, but their intellect. Also, it’s imperative to keep in mind that people learn in a variety of ways. Of course, there are books, online courses, webinars, conferences, etc. but learning can also occur through communication and hands-on training. It’s necessary to offer a variety of learning opportunities to keep employees at the top of their fields, increase confidence and productivity, and to retain your workforce. Whether an employer offers tuition reimbursement or an extensive in-house training program, it’s beneficial to the growth of the company as well as the employer’s career goals.

Be a Leader, not a Micro-Manager

Being a leader is a great way to enforce the importance of integrity, productivity, and customer satisfaction. Genuinely set an example of teamwork and trust, and let employees know you are available for assistance. If you allow time for staff to observe you, this will enable them to see precisely how they should or shouldn’t be doing things. Also, setting an example in communication skills will go a long way for both staff and management. This will pave the way for personal and professional growth, and in turn, you will be teaching others how to lead – not follow.

Maintaining a successful management/employee relationship takes work, patience, understanding, and constant communication. It’s important to keep in mind that any worker has several responsibilities outside of their career. This is why it’s important to have a consistent rapport and quickly eliminate any unnecessary issues that may arise.

As important as customer service and satisfaction is, keep in mind it is just as important to have content employees – content in both their jobs and the desire to advance and succeed in your company. This also helps to ensure that the employee lists their career as one of their top priorities.

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym.

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