Employee Development: How Great Leaders Create Real Value

Leaders need more productivity and progress than ever before. Staff is required to have higher expertise, commitment and dedication. Ironically, leaders often fail to recognize the need to develop their people to attain the very goals they have set. Moreover, staff wants to be competent at their jobs and have the ability to succeed. This has become so important to them that 40% of employees who feel they’ve been deprived of the training necessary to be effective at their jobs will leave before their second year.

I read a study conducted by Middlesex University that found over 70% of workers are not happy with their level of professional development because they are not reaching their full potential. Gone are the days when employees accepted a dull, clock-punching life, doing the bare minimum to get by.

Unknowingly, many leaders are forfeiting productivity gains; according to Dale Carnegie studies, it’s to the tune of 200%. ATD research found that employees underdeveloped for their demanding jobs surrender 20% higher profits, and painful turnover rates. Many of these issues can be minimized with the proper emphasis on employee development. Unfortunately, too many companies struggle to practice it.

Raising the level of an employee‘s value is not as simple as getting them more training, although training is a very crucial aspect of it. Effective development touches every aspect of an employee’s experience, including technical, managerial and interactive skills.

When this topic comes up with leaders and executives, I ask them about their top performers. The employees who contribute the most to their company are given the ability to know what they’re doing, apply what they know, enjoy what they do and grow to do more.

What do you think? What does employee development mean to you? I’d love to hear from you. You can call me at 704-827-4474; let’s talk. And as always, I can be reached here or on LinkedIn.

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