3 Ways to Encourage Employee Growth and Development

09 Sep 3 Ways to Encourage Employee Growth and Development

Once upon a time, we were all kids and we knew what we wanted to be when we grew up – A fireman, a princess, maybe a secret agent. Fast-forward to present day and things aren’t as cut and dry as they once were.  It’s not that you don’t like your job, you may even love your job, but there’s more to our motivation equation than pure satisfaction. Human beings need to grow as individuals in order to stay motivated. We enjoy learning new things, taking on different tasks, and becoming better than we were the day before.

Employees will always perform at their best when the environment is conducive to growth” Forbes 2014

 A study done by Harvard Business Review, revealed why individual growth is so important to an organization:

“On days when workers have the sense they’re making headway in their jobs, or when they receive support that helps them overcome obstacles, their emotions are most positive and their drive to succeed is at its peak.”

 It seems that even if we all grew up and landed our dream jobs, we would still feel uncomfortable staying in the same place not carving out new skills and changing subtly over time. Because growth is so crucial to employee satisfaction and thus productivity, organizations must encourage and facilitate employee growth in order to attract and retain top talent.

 Here are 3 Ways to Encourage Employee Growth & Development:

1. Measure Employee Growth

Like everything else in business, having a tool to measure and track progress promotes success. When employees have a tool to track their professional goals within a company they will feel empowered to work hard and hit their goal. Using a solution like Cooleaf’s Engagement Platform will help streamline the process.


2. Offer Events & Workshops to Promote Growth

Employees want to learn and grow within a company, but they need the chance to do so. Employers should offer several events and learning workshops per month, aimed at professional growth and knowledge sharing. Here are 3 ways to boost knowledge sharing within your organization- Boost Knowledge Sharing


3. Reward & Recognize Employees

 “Studies revealed that recognition does indeed motivate workers and lift their moods, even the incremental sort when celebrated has shown to increase productivity.” -Harvard Business Review 2014

 Whether it’s an email, a thank-you note, or an actual gift, employees who are rewarded and recognized for their growth and achievements are more likely to keep up the good work.


To learn more about how Cooleaf can assist your organization with these 3 best practices, visit Cooleaf’s website at www.cooleaf.com

Jackie Trimper, Marketing & Accounts at Cooleaf

Jackie shares her opinions, not legal advice, about increasing performance and limiting liability.