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Helping your employees climb the corporate ladder

3 May 2016

Career development plays a crucial role for employees. According to research unveiled by Penna, the global management business, 31% of managers are ill-equipped to hold career conversations with their direct reports, and are not provided with people management training.

Many employers rank lowly when it comes to the level of career devolvement they offer, which can have a detrimental effect on career progression and retention. Read our top tips to help put career development at the forefront of your business.

Take career development seriously

According to a survey conducted by Talent Management magazine, half of the respondents felt that their managers were disinterested in their career development. Your first priority as a manager is to prioritise career development as part of your daily management role, seizing the moment to connect. The more time you spend with your employees - whether it is client catch ups, meetings, or even a quick coffee, a lot can be done to build rapport, trust, engagement and a common ground.    

Play on Strengths

Telling people to focus on their strengths and ignore their weaknesses is too often said. It sounds obvious, but allowing people to play to their strengths is the best way to ensure that employees have a sense of fulfilment and positivity.

For a strengths-based approach, CIPD, the professional body for HR people development suggests, “people should be given roles that play to their strengths, while development should centre on celebrating success and fostering an organisational climate that allows people to do more of what they are good at”. Encourage your staff to focus and sharpen their strengths, this will encourage energy and enthusiasm throughout your business. 

Share and communicate

The best leaders are often those that freely share and communicate. The best way an employee can flourish is through a totally transparent approach; Talent Management suggests, “employees are hungry for candid, forthright information about things that affect them. They don’t want managers to tell them what they want to hear; they want what they need to hear — even if it’s unpleasant or scary”. Don’t be afraid to be honest and speak freely about the bigger picture. Your honesty will be very valuable to your employee, and may open some great opportunities for your business.

Peer-to-peer support

Climbing the corporate ladder and advancing your career is a team effort. Employees will benefit from working across the company to coach and develop their skills. Allow employees to work together on projects - this not only creates a positive and unified atmosphere in the office, but also gives employees a sense that they are part of the bigger picture.

Feeling ready to prioritise career development?

Get in touch today to see how we can help you create events geared towards employee development, team building and skill training. 

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