Managers: How to Develop Your Employees in 10 Minutes a Week
Imagine for a moment that your employees were consistently improving their skills. And imagine if your employees were developing new capabilities. Sounds like a manager’s dream come true, doesn’t it? Employee development sounds incredibly attractive. But bosses have already got so much on their plates so when are they meant to find the time to develop their employees? And besides employee development sounds like one of those things that HR does.
Now HR does have a role to play in employee training and development. But what I want to share with you is why effective managers take ownership for their employees development. And if you can spare 10 minutes a week then I can show you how you can improve your employees skills and capabilities. And why your employees will love you for it.
How Effective Managers Use Employee Development as a Management Tool
The secret to manager success is that managers succeed when their employees succeed. Effective managers don’t try to be the super hero boss who does everything themselves. Effective managers know how to get the best from their employees. And employee development is one of the tools that you can use to improve employee performance.
How Developing Employees Increases Employee Motivation & Retention:
- Your employees want to feel like they are learning and growing,
- Your employees like to do work that they are good at, and
- Your employees want to know that you care about them enough to invest in their future
Did you ever have a teacher, mentor or a coach that helped you to grow? Did that help you to reach your potential? If so, don’t you think it’s time that you played the same role to your employees?
What About the Time?
Obviously more capable and motivated employees make your job as a manager easier. But because so many managers are snowed under with work I just wanted to speak about finding the time for development.
Some managers think that they don’t have the time to develop their employees. Bjut effective managers know that investing in employees saves them time because:
- Skilled employees make fewer mistakes that managers have to fix,
- Skilled employees know how to do their job faster and
- Managers can manage their workload better when they upskill their employees to support delegation.
The 10 minute, Step by Step, Coaching Process
- Secure your employees motivation and commitment to the development process,
- Help your employee to identify development opportunities,
- Collaborate to set performance improvement goals.
- Collaborate to identify training resources.
- Collaborate to agree on an action plan
- Track your employees process and keep your employee on target
- Recognise achievements and follow up
Have Confidence in Your Manager Skills
Managing employees is a difficult job, especially when so few managers are trained in the essential management skills. Improving your manager skills will give you the confidence in your management ability. And I can tell you that when you help your employees to learn and grow, it feels pretty awesome too.
Developing Employees as An Essential Manager Skill
So now that you’ve seen how developing employees improves employee performance you’ll see why I consider developing employees to be one of the Essential Manager Skills. It’s tempting to leave development in the hands of HR. But I believe it’s worth taking an active and regular interest in developing your own employees. After all – it’s you as the manager who gets the benefit of a skilled team.
Thanks for making it to the end. If you are a manager and found this useful, this article includes material from the course How to Develop Your Employees Find out how to develop your employees in less than 10 minutes a week. This course includes coaching worksheets and a script to secure your employees commitment to the coaching process.