Day 7 in my 12 days of Christmas mini blog series
7. New challenges
Not everyone wants to progress, but that doesn’t mean you let them stagnate.
We often think of development as grooming people for promotion. Although this might be one intention or outcome it shouldn’t stand in the way of development. Even those who have reached the limits of their capability or have no desire for more responsibility shouldn’t be left to stagnate.
A bored employee is unlikely to shine and even less likely to wow you or your customers!
Look for opportunities to stretch team members within their current responsibilities or in areas where they’re already strong. Discuss how you can add variety, set new challenges or stretch them.
Maybe give them
– responsibility for training others,
– giving them ownership over the procedures,
– looking for ways to make efficiencies or refine a process.
By giving individual team members ownership over particular tasks we create a sense of pride and responsibility. And with this comes the desire to get things right.
When they have one or two areas to focus on specifically it encourages them to go deeper and develop their expertise. You’ll be amazed what people can achieve when their strengths are recognised and they’re given the authority to apply them.
This can also take the pressure off you as that person then becomes the go to person.