All roles have some content which involves doing the same things in the same way. But too much of this can become monotonous, boring, and eventually lead to disengagement—one of productivity’s worst enemies.
It can be difficult to come up with new things for people to learn, but everyone will appreciate a new challenge and the opportunity to tackle it. If you don’t know where to start, ask your employees what they’d like to do or learn. You may be surprised by the results!
The importance of providing growth opportunities
Managers who are on the lookout for growth and learning opportunities for their teams, experience a variety of benefits. Employees show increased job satisfaction, morale, and motivation. These teams show a greater capacity to adopt new technologies and are more prepared to adopt innovative ways of working.
Cisco UK is utilising a variety of methods to encourage employees to grow their skills sets, through learning and development opportunities, fostering an atmosphere where employees can embrace challenges and try new things. One of the ways they are doing this is through their online ‘Stretch Assignment Marketplace’ tool, where employees can find mentors, job swaps, and other opportunities to expand their skills, using for example long-term job rotations.
Cisco UK’s focus on employee development makes them a highly rated company by their own employees, and is helping them turn around a 2 year slump in profits by beating analyst’s expectations for the previous quarter as well as beating projected revenue for the third quarter of 2018.