Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Training your future business leaders in your organization

In every organization, there is someone or a group of people who is laying low and not drawing attention to themselves while quietly becoming some of the most productive members of the team. Employers hire these people because they want to make a plan for the future. They want people in place who are going to want to stay for the long haul and eventually take over the whole thing. In this day and age, working your way from the bottom to the top has become something of a cliché. If we’re stuck in a job we don’t like or pays us a low wage, we immediately hit the market looking for a new one. Since the economy is sluggish right now, getting another job while you already have one is easier said than done. This is why you will notice a lot of people throwing themselves behind the organization that’s giving them work right now. They want to be devoted so they don’t wind up like all of the people who are out of work. Their employers take advantage of this newfound dedication and mold these employees through the process of leadership development.

 The first step towards training your future business leaders in your organization is making them aware that they’re important. All employees love to be rewarded for when they do right, whether it’s through promotions, pay raises, or any other incentives. Your employees will enjoy working for you if you enjoy that the work that they do. Every company struggles to figure out how they’re going to highlight their best and brightest. They try a number of different things. Some of them work and some of them don’t. The most important thing is that they make an effort to make their employees feel wanted. Companies that fail to validate the contributions of their employees are usually the ones who have a high rate of turnover. They claim that they take care of their employees, but the truth rises to the surface once any new worker starts on their first day. It’s a common misconception that it requires a lot of money to reward an employee. The exact opposite is true. You could bring your top employees into a meeting and tell them that they’re doing a good job. You could then give them more responsibilities and if they continue to do well, a pay raise.

It’s important to have a long-term and short-term role for every employee in your organization. The employees that don’t figure into your company’s long-term plans are usually first in line to be dismissed and will quickly filter out of the door. You have to put all of your time and attention into the employees you know are going to be around for a while. Determine where they will place in your company and train them to have the right expertise to fulfill their future role. Their education could be a few short seminars or a lengthy process where they train under the person who currently occupies where they will end up.

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