Your team is talented.
Of course they are – you hired them.
The right company culture will encourage your talented team members to gain new skills and talents and benefit the company in ways that you didn’t think were possible.
What is Talent Transformation?
Talent transformation is the process of employee growth.
Every employee has career ambitions. They want to learn more skills, work in higher-paying positions, and eventually land in an executive role.
When a new candidate applies to your organization, they do so hoping for a long and rewarding career.
As a manager, you can choose to encourage this ambition.
Your employees want to move forward; if you give them guidance, they will move forward in ways that make them more productive members of your team.
Ambition cannot be quelled. An employee will either grow within their current position or seek another one.
Talent transformation harnesses this energy and directs it in a way that benefits both employees and the company that they work for.
The advantages of talent transformation are undeniable. Growing employees are engaged employees and engaged employees are more productive.
When a company invests in its employees, the employees invest in the company.
A Culture That Promotes Transformation
Transformation can only happen in a culture that promotes it.
Employees who feel confident and encouraged will learn new skills, come up with new ideas, and positively engage with their current position.
This confidence and encouragement can come from the company culture that they experience every day.
Your company culture is a product of your business’s environment, structure, and working mentality.
A company culture that promotes employee growth will see engaged and productive staff members who constantly bring more to the table.
There are many ways to develop a transformative company culture:
- Start with an encouraging mentality that supports ambition.
- Make structural changes that give employees a chance to seek new opportunities within the company.
- Maintain an environment that applauds those who succeed and promotes growth from every angle.
If you can create these elements within your organization, you will see amazing results from your staff. You’ll also attract new candidates who are excited by the opportunities that your business can offer.
Transformation Through Advancement
32% of employees quit due to a lack of advancement opportunities.
As a hiring manager, you already know about the devastating financial effects of a high turnover rate. If employees feel like they can’t grow in their current position, they will go somewhere with more opportunities.
The answer to this problem is actually quite simple: provide advancement opportunities and provide plenty of them:
- Promote from within your organization. Hire candidates who want to climb through your ranks.
- Pay attention to employee talents and funnel them into departments where they will thrive.
- Groom promising employees for management.
- Never overlook a quiet staff member; they might be a hidden genius.
- Implement programs that encourage your employees to expand their education.
Give the right salesperson a master’s degree, and you will have an executive for life. Even if employees don’t take advantage of these programs, having the option available does wonders for employee confidence and personal growth.
Work That Encourages Transformation
The steady flow of business as usual is peaceful, but it can also be detrimental to employee development. Being great at a certain task shouldn’t mean that you do that task for the rest of your life.
As a manager, think about whether your employees are being asked to develop their skills.
An employee who excels at customer interaction but struggles with writing reports might need more practice.
A salesperson with clear executive potential might need to understand more about the company’s internal processes.
Assign tasks that support your employee’s current talents while preparing them for future responsibilities.
Use this idea with caution; an employee who doesn’t like to give presentations may have an excellent reason to feel that way. Provide gentle encouragement and remain aware of individual employee needs. Growth should always be a positive process.
Transformation Beyond Your Organization
If one of your employees pursued a second education, would they tell you?
Everyone has dreams, and your dreams aren’t always related to your current profession. Many people make economic career choices and plan to pursue their own development later in life.
There’s an inherent fear that comes with any change. You may fear that an employee’s growth will take them away from the company. An employee may fear that communicating their need for growth will reduce the opportunities available to them.
Encouraging transformation is always beneficial to your company. Happy employees are productive employees.
When you encourage an employee to follow their dreams, you communicate a level of confidence that follows them throughout every aspect of their life.
They will do more in their position, pursue more enriching activities on their weekends, and remain loyal long past their tenure at your organization.
Even if an employee’s dreams take them away from your company, they will become a valuable contact. Both large and small companies will feel the benefits of a positive reputation.
You never know who someone will grow up to be; spread good in the world, and it will come back to you.
Create a culture that encourages your employees to transform.
Help them realize their dreams and provide opportunities to grow within your own organization.
It’s impossible to control anyone’s path, but if you make the tools for success readily available, you will be surprised at what people do with them.
Jen McKenzie is an independent business consultant from New York. She writes extensively on business, education and human resource topics. When Jennifer is not at her desk working, you can usually find her hiking or taking a road trip with her two dogs. You can reach Jennifer @jenmcknzie