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"This organization provides me with the opportunity for growth and development." It sounds pretty standard, right? It's often a key driver of Engagement; many people want to work in a company that will allow them to grow professionally. But what does that look like? When people are thinking about growth, what do they have in mind?
When taking action on this item it's important to understand what that means to people. Some want to climb the corporate ladder, and do so quickly. Others are happy to be individual contributors their entire career, so long as their skill set continues to develop throughout their tenure at the organization. A key part of managing your team members' growth and development expectations is not only to understand their goals, but to help them understand what is possible within their organization as well. When someone comes into a small company, hierarchical growth and development possibilities may be limited. If someone comes into an organization already a subject matter expert, they may need to attend other workshops and conferences in order to continue to push their skill set. All of those are good opportunities for growth, but expectations should be set so employees know the opportunities available to them.
For me, I never want to stop learning. Whether that is learning how to increase my current skill set technically or as a leader, as long as I am challenged and learning, I am excited about the ability to grow personally and professionally.
What about you? What growth means the most to you? How do you handle conversations with your team members about the type of growth opportunities that interest them and are available to them?