This time of year, most of you are probably planning for initiatives that tie directly to business objectives. Is employee development part of your plan? Many times, professional development can be easily overlooked by managers. If you find yourself looking for new ways to help your team develop professionally, here are a few ideas that your team is sure to love.
1. Proactively help them make professional development choices
Most managers wait for employees to bring specific professional development opportunities to their attention. However, most employees do have a hard time know whether their choice will warrant the expense and reprioritized time to the company. Great managers will do at least one of two things – either clearly identify for their employees the types of opportunities that they’re likely to approve or curate a list of pre-approved opportunities for employees to choose from.
2. Introduce them to new mentors in your organization
Identify and introduce your team members to people who will be able to guide them in your organization. This will empower them to leverage their resources and reach out to subject matter experts for input before making decisions that could impact the entire team. The fact is, you won’t know everything that’s happening in your organization, and having advocates for your team members when you’re not there is a win for your whole team.
3. Include them when evaluating new vendors or tools
Often times, the people who will be using new tools rarely get to evaluate it before the contracts are signed. This leads to frustrated employees and friction in workflows. Your team likely has specific needs for a tool that you may not know about. They will also be able to provide context into things that may be necessary that management isn’t aware of. Remember, these are the people who will be using the product every day, so you want it to be a pleasant experience. Also, make sure you keep this social media tool checklist handy to keep you and your team on the same page.
4. Evaluate the current state of your social engagement
What are you basing the various aspects of your marketing strategy on? Hopefully, you’ve been able to make data-driven decisions, especially when it comes to such nuanced mediums like social media. Try the CX Social Grader to get an idea of what’s working for your social media strategy in less than a minute!
5. Get suggestions, not just answers
Empower your team to move beyond simple “yes” and “no” answers. Let them know that you’re interested in the “why” and “how” behind their answers. This will encourage your team members to critically think about the decisions that they’re making.
6. Hope for the best, plan for the worst
Most companies don’t plan for disaster when they think about projections for the coming year. This is why they end up scrambling when emergencies crop up. Download this cheat sheet to be prepared in case of emergency.
7. Get them out of the office
Fresh air does a team good. At C3 2018, you can ensure your team learns about the future of data-driven marketing while hearing directly from industry experts about the strategies they use to craft impactful experiences.