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Workforce Management
ReportLinker found that 83 percent of employees with
opportunities to take on new challenges say they're more
likely to stay with their organization. This should be an
encouraging statistic for any employer who is unsure of
entry-level employee development programs, as it's proof
that people will stay longer with a company that invests in
them. Investing in each employee will have an impact on
the individual.
When time and resources are invested in everyone in the
workforce, organizations become an employer of choice
for those looking to develop. Not only will this foster
loyalty among the team already present, but it's also a
benefit when it comes to hiring.
* Prepares a team to pivot. While it's convenient for
employees to remain in their same positions for a long
time, this is simply unrealistic. People evolve, grow, and
eventually move on. That's why it's so important to remain
vigilant and forward-thinking as an organization. By
focusing on underserved employees and providing them
advancement and growth opportunities, organizations
are able to help teams pivot or shift focus in unexpected
moments of need.
This proactive mindset can take shape in a number of
ways. First, provide all employees-regardless of title,
pay, or experience-the opportunity to take part in
professional development programming. One way to
do this is by creating an annual program that allows
the individual to dictate the terms of their growth. In
other words, allow each employee to determine what
programming, education, or projects they will take part
in to contribute to their advancement. This individualized
approach will signal to all employees that as an
organization, HR takes each person's growth seriously.
For those who aren't normally afforded these types of
opportunities, it will allow them to go outside of their
comfort zone and expand their skill set.
Internal advancement is another way companies can
prepare for unexpected pivots. When organizations grow
teams from within, people who might not otherwise have
an opportunity to advance can grow. Organizations will
also provide all employees with a sense of excitement and
pride that they, too, might one day be promoted to a new
role. This further enhances a team member's engagement
and will boost their willingness to work hard and refine
their skills. This can be monumental for an employee who
doesn't normally feel valued.
83%
of employees with opportunities to take
on new challenges say they're more likely
to stay with their organization.
Source: ReportLinker
* Creates a diverse workforce. Granting all employees
the opportunity to grow will ultimately result in a more
diverse team. Organizations will find benefit from
employees who have had different experiences. The mold
of a " perfect employee " isn't always the most diverse.
When opportunities are opened up to underserved
employees, organizations will benefit from individuals
who bring a wealth of knowledge and multitude of
backgrounds to the table, which will greatly assist in the
long run.
Far too often, organizations set their sights on employees
in professional positions for internal advancement
opportunities. Once these people are determined, they're
given resources and opportunities to help them grow
and are often groomed for these higher roles. While
employee development is important, this mindset prevents
companies from identifying valuable talent that often
lies in underserved employees. When offering these
opportunities to all employees, however, organizations
will find enhanced loyalty, a prepared team, and a strong,
diverse workforce.
Meghann Arnold is director of team success for Readers.comâ„¢
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