State-of-the-art technology is very useful in modern businesses, but it’s impossible for computers to replace the human element. People bring essential qualities like creativity, innovation and outside-the-box problem solving to the table that successful businesses depend on.
Since the most important assets in any organization are its people, helping them to develop additional abilities and assume increased responsibilities should be a priority. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case. Why not?
While many managers honestly desire to see team members grow, it’s easy to let urgent calls and meetings get in the way. A common misconception is that customer needs take priority all the time, and that training and development for company personnel is less important. This is a very shortsighted view of company wellbeing, however.
A recent Harvard Business Review study revealed that even though many employees appreciate the added responsibilities and opportunities for advancement they receive, a large number of workers often feel that training, encouragement and mentoring is lacking in their company. What can happen when staff members feel that way?
Put simply, they’re likely to leave in search of greener pastures. This means businesses lose valuable people with innate talents that could have become major organizational stars, future management powerhouses with an important forward-looking outlook.
The answer, in a word, is mentoring. Share your valuable business and life experience to help others realize their full potential in the organization. Here are four steps to take:
Viewing employees as people – with unique strengths and future potential – instead of numbers on a sheet isn’t just good for them, it’s also good for your company:
When the people who work for you feel content, valued and inspired, they have a reason to go to work every morning with a smile on their face and a sense of purpose. Motivated staff members work harder, think more clearly and develop amazing strategies because they give their all for your company. Who inspired them to reach the organizational position they’re passionate about and develop the skills that make them great at it? That’s right, you did.