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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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How to Motivate Your Team as the Project Manager

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: June 12, 2015

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Sometimes it can be difficult to push yourself to be more motivated.  However, as a project manager and leader of the team, you also have to be able to motivate others. Naturally, you can’t control your team members’ ambition, but what you can control is the way you conduct your projects to generate more enthusiasm. Check out our top ten ways to increase motivation as a project manager:

  1. Set realistic goals. This is a common and obvious tip, but a great one. Beginning a project can be exciting and it’s hard not to get carried away. If a detailed agenda is not set from the start, team members could be doing extra, unnecessary work leading to derailment of the project’s timeline.
  2. Be direct. After you have set realistic goals for the project, make sure expectations about the workload and due dates are clear and everyone is in agreement.
  3. Conduct weekly or monthly review sessions. If your team members know that every Friday they will all be sitting down together to discuss progress, they will be more apt to follow deadlines and stay motivated to do their part. Make sure to ask for feedback – good or bad. Doing so ensures that your team knows you view them as equals when you listen to and consider their opinions.
  4. Praise small victories. If you are working on a long term project, break it up by praising the small victories – go out for lunch, dinner, coffee, or drinks at the end of the day.
  5. Walk the walk. Let your team members know you are contributing just as much as they are even if your work isn’t as visible. It’s important they know you aren’t simply managing.
  6. Supply feedback from the start. Don’t implement review sessions halfway through the project. Instead, prepare feedback from day one to avoid giving it after something goes wrong. This way, your team won’t be discouraged after negative feedback because they knew from day one they would be receiving feedback throughout the entire project no matter what.
  7. Provide incentives. While this isn’t always possible, increasing incentives such as compensation rarely fails to inspire more motivational drives.
  8. Highlight the benefits of the work. Outlining the benefits of a project generates deeper appreciation and commitment to the work. Also, when members understand the intentions behind the project, they connect to it more easily.
  9. Find ways to foster strong relationships among all members. Having a team that can function well outside of the office is irreplaceable. When they care for each other on a level deeper than being co-workers they will be willing to put more effort into their roles.
  10. Give them each a chance to shine. You know that your success also depends on the success of your team. Figure out a way to allow each member the opportunity to be in the spotlight.  Knowing they have this chance will motivate them to put forth their best work.

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