Managers who help their employees develop their careers are rewarded with satisfied, productive staff members who benefit the organization. Here are some ways to help people reach their potential:
- Help them develop realistic career plans. Meet with employees and tell them what opportunities and assistance the organization can offer them.
- Practice job enrichment. Not every employee can move up in an organization, so the creative manager has to find ways to expand a current position.
- Offer career-planning workshops. Use an in-house specialist or call on outside consultants. Workshops should help employees clarify their goals, pinpoint their aptitudes and identify career-development options.
- Assign duties that align with their career ambitions. Employees who day-in and day-out complete assignments that don’t allow them to work toward their overall career goals burn out. Find ways to build their skills in areas that will one day allow them to achieve those goals.
— Adapted from The Manager’s Desk Reference, Cynthia Berryman-Fink and Charles B. Fink, http://www.amacombooks.org.