Kevin Gardner
Journal is powered by Vocal creators. You support Kevin Gardner by reading, sharing and tipping stories... more

Journal is powered by Vocal.
Vocal is a platform that provides storytelling tools and engaged communities for writers, musicians, filmmakers, podcasters, and other creators to get discovered and fund their creativity.

How does Vocal work?
Creators share their stories on Vocal’s communities. In return, creators earn money when they are tipped and when their stories are read.

How do I join Vocal?
Vocal welcomes creators of all shapes and sizes. Join for free and start creating.

To learn more about Vocal, visit our resources.

Show less

How to Optimize Your Self- Development in the Workplace

Improve Yourself and Your Team

Self-development is extremely important in the workplace. It is how you build a company to grow and succeed. This is mainly due to the fact that labor is such a big component in the workplace. Matter of fact, many people view labor as the number one thing they remember about a workplace environment. Think about it. When thinking of your previous jobs, you probably think about the people you worked with and how those interactions affected the overall workplace environment. Business is just a long line of social interactions between people which is why you must develop your employees the right way. In today's article, I am going to be breaking down how to optimize self-development in the workplace so that you can get the most effectiveness out of your employees. 

1. Set quarterly and annual goals.

This step is a big one. Without giving your employees a vision for where you see the company in the future, how can you be mad at them when they fall short of these goals? Setting goals challenge workers to strive to provide the best service possible to their customers. It's also very important to update and review these goals over and over as the year goes on. In the end, you and your workplace can't develop if you don't give them an adequate mindset to develop. Start setting goals today for the better of your business.

2. Offer opportunities for growth.

One of the biggest things that employees view that aids in their career and life development is learning new skills and getting special training which helps them further themselves. This helps them advance their career overall. From coaching to development activities, it is definitely a bet that you'll want to take. It can even be a fun and enjoyable activity for employees. For example, you may hold a company lunch to boost your employees' social skills. You can also have new hires work side by side with skilled people that have been in the company for a long time. All in all, this will ensure increased productivity and continuous growth over the long run. 

3. Holding frequent review meetings.

Review meetings are very important because they show the workers that you as an employer care about them. They aren't just another cog in a machine. They are people who you respect and trust in business. This is very important because your workers will feel that same type of energy in the meeting. The constructive feedback that you give in this meeting must be highlighted. Employees must know what they are good at and what they need to get better at. It's as simple as that. These meetings need to be held more than once or twice a year. In my opinion, no less than two times a quarter. To get an understanding as to how your workers are developing in the workplace, frequent review meetings are a must. It helps you get a better understanding of where your firm is at business-wise and it also allows workers to open up about anything with the company. 

4. Automate the reviewing process.

With technology getting smarter and more automated every day, making sure your business is accurately tracking numbers and statistics is very important. This shows you what business was done in the past which allows you to gauge if anything needs to be changed. It shows you if any employees need to be let go or if they really just need to be better trained. In the end, the most important thing about this is it allows you to track and measure performance throughout the year. By the time the end of the year comes around, you should have no problem reflecting on the data and expressing how the year turned out to your employees. A market research platform is also a great thing to have to track performance and data within your industry or marketplace.

Now Reading
How to Optimize Your Self- Development in the Workplace
Read Next
What to Do In the In-Between Time