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Ways to Encourage Employee Development

This Post was written by Scott Deutsch
Date posted: March 5, 2018

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Keeping your team motivated and productive is a task that requires some out-of-the-box thinking. There can only be so many pep talks and weekly check-ins to promote productivity, which is why it may be time for you to find new ways to engage your employees.

At Bridge, we want our employees to know that we care about their professional growth. In fact, employees are more likely to stay with a company that puts forth the effort to help them become better in their professional roles. Here are our three easy tips on how to encourage employee development:

Promote memberships in professional organizations
Team members who take part in professional organizations outside of the office tend to develop stronger leadership qualities. They want to take what they’ve learned from this outside group and share it with their coworkers. Additionally, they will learn new skills and stay current with trends in their field, while also growing their network. Encourage them to search LinkedIn groups or Meetup.com to find something that sounds interesting.

In general, allow your employees the freedom to explore outside organizations. Help them start by keeping a list of potential groups to join. Once they’ve attended some events, ask them to share their thoughts with the rest of the team. Before you know it, more people will be inspired to work on their professional development.

Encourage writing
No matter what industry you’re in, writing is a skill that everyone needs to practice. At Bridge, we keep a running communal list of thoughtful industry topics. Our employees volunteer to write them which our marketing department then shares. By doing so, we’re allowing everyone the opportunity to have his or her voice heard.

If your company has a blog, encourage your employees to try their hand at writing a couple of articles. Don’t forget, LinkedIn is about more than just increasing your number of connections. Remind your employees to use this as a platform for sharing their professional thoughts and experiences. In fact, anyone can publish an article on LinkedIn, they may just need help getting started.

Keep open lines of communication
The best way you can promote employee development is being accessible. Make it clear to everyone that you, and the company, are there to help your employees become better at what they do. Recognize their accomplishments, promote growth within the company, and act as a resource they can turn to if they are looking for ways to become a better professional.

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Employees Honor Bridge Partners to Celebrate 15 Years of Business

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: May 19, 2017

Last night, Bridge employees surprised Partners Joe Devine and James Wright with a Crystal Anniversary themed dinner party to celebrate Bridge’s upcoming 15-year work anniversary next month.

Both partners have dedicated themselves to providing a positive work environment for all their employees. Just this month Bridge was named one of the “Best Places to Work” in RI by The Providence Business News for the 5th consecutive year. They have worked hard to create a culture of employee empowerment, which is why their team wanted to take a moment to recognize all that Joe and James have done for Bridge as they celebrate this incredible milestone.

“Bridge is much more than a great place to work and make a living. James and Joe have created a culture of employee empowerment and engagement that isn’t often seen today. They work hard to ensure that we have the tools necessary to achieve personal and professional success” said Scott Deutsch, Regional Director.

The Bridge team was not only very excited to pull off this surprise (they even bought a Snapchat geo-filter, and made a video for the partners to celebrate) but looks forward to working together for another 15 years!

Prior to purchasing Bridge in 2002, James Wright spent thirteen years in the IT staffing industry in Silicon Valley. He was the head of HR and Recruiting at a communications startup in San Francisco, he co-founded a contract IT staffing firm in Menlo Park, and he worked in senior-level roles at Advanced Technology Staffing, a leading contract IT staffing firm in the Bay Area. He currently serves on numerous boards, including BankNewport, The Newport County Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Jamestown Historical Society.

Joe Devine has over thirty years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, and information technology. Before joining James Wright as a Partner at Bridge, Joe worked in senior management positions at AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Electro Firms, Inc., and Mupac Corporation. He plays an active role in the community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) and organizing many of Bridge’s outreach activities.

If you would like to see more from this event, follow the hashtag #Bridge15Years on Twitter.

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