Do you have employee development strategy?
Own development is one of the vital
drive for employees in Engagement .
One of the friends shared his experience when he was working with HUL. He almost worked 8 years in HUL. When I asked him the reason for staying in the company for long period in the era where people spend hardly two years in the organization, he told me that company invested on his training & development. “Vinod, I was attending average two trainings in a year. This was the motivation for me. Company’s genuine intention to develop their employees encourages me to stay in HUL. One after another it was the inspiration for me. I didn’t realize how many years I spent in HUL.”
What does it means?
Employee Engagement is viewed isolated activity. In fact, you can’t separate employee engagement from your whole talent management practices. In every HR process, you have the scope in engaging your employee. Company should have the right development strategy. Most of the companies take their training target in man-days. HR professionals just organize training to complete man-days without focusing on development and results. Some companies even do not have their budget for training.
Employees grow in an environment where people have opportunities to learn, grow professionally, and develop skills that lead to advancement and career growth.
To have the proper level of engagement organization must invest some time and money in training managers at all levels to think this way, delegate more responsibility and do it skillfully, give frequent skillful performance feedback, coach people through mistakes (rather than blaming & shaming), confront in a caring, concerned manner when performance does not meet expectations or behavior is unacceptable and get a commitment for change, follow-up to assure the change occurs and reward it with recognition and gratitude when it does occur or confront again if it does not occur, agree upon what will happen and the consequences if it does not. Managers need to develop relationships with each employee to learn each person's values, goals, and passions and assimilate this in development strategy.
To do this all, you should have the proper agenda of Learning & Development. Companies have their target of training man-days, but they do not assign the budget to this process. They have internal trainers and train employees on technical skills internally. But when it comes in real employee development, there are budget cuts.
You need to focus not only the skill enhancement training, but overall development of employees. If you have anything to enhance, enhance their personality to take more responsibilities.