In as much as employees need to constantly develop themselves, in my experience, employers need it even more. This is because though you want to get the best out of your employees, you also want to make sure you actively and constantly create an atmosphere for their development, and this ultimately grows your firm.
I remember vividly mid 2014 when I was working at a real estate firm, a colleague of mine in the digital marketing department wanted to attend a real estate training. So, she wrote a letter for a 2-days leave; in hope of getting a positive response, she was disappointed when her request was turned down. In fact, the only reason they could give was that “she was attending too many trainings”.
Mind you, that was her second training. To the company, they felt they were exercising power but sadly, they failed to realize that for every new skill or training she acquired, it made her better equipped to market and sell more properties for the company.
As an employer, especially in this time of constant change and rapid development in ICT, there are few ways you can better equip yourself and encourage personal development of your employees, these are some of the ways we believe you can do it without over exerting resources:
Create room for new ideas, methods and strategies by setting up weekly or monthly strategizing sessions and carefully assessing them before selection. A firm that never accepts ideas from its employees or is found to most often turn down innovation is stomping on the personal growth of not just its employees but as well as the firm.
Listen to the ideas brought forward by your employees, there are no “stupid ideas.” It’s understandable that as a firm you should have your laid-out Mode of Operation, but what happens if its old or simply isn’t the best in town, those methods shouldn’t be written in stone.
These are just a few ways you as an employer can encourage personal development among employees at your firm.