Tip 3 – Develop Your People
Posted on June 16, 2014 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
Age should not be a factor
Intro: This blog is written to further elaborate with my own views on the “8 Tips to Engage Your Employees” booklet written by our experts.
Tip #3 from our new booklet, “8 tips to Engage Your Employees,” discusses developing people in order to achieve success as a manager. “Opportunities for growth and development are a key driver of employee engagement as well as organizational success.”
Just when you think you have all the experience you need to be successful in your career, you might find yourself needing more education and training. Ugh! The thought of going back to a classroom may be pretty daunting in your forties and fifties. I remember my father having to go to management school for 3 years while he was in his forties in mid-stream of his working career with the Northern Illinois Gas Company. My father had no formal education other than high school. The Gas Company cared enough about him to send him to college for management training. He forced himself to read book after book on management and writing assignments every night until he graduated. The hard work paid off. The education was a great boost to his career and eventually led him to a much better stipend and a company vehicle.
There are all kinds of training, whether it’s college coursework, weekend seminars, or customized training whereby a qualified instructor trains your staff right at the workplace. Group training is really nice because everyone is learning something collectively and shares thoughts and ideas about their company.
Many of us are working away into our golden years, whether we have to or just want to stay spry. As long as we are working, it behooves us to keep up with new trends, ideas, and know-how – maybe even more so than our younger counterparts who are fresh out of college. Working in my fifties, I found myself saying frequently, “You know how we used to do this?” I found myself saying it once too often, and felt the vibe that the younger gens don’t really care how we used to do things. However, if the thing you used to do still works, don’t let on to it as being an old method. Just say, “Hey, I got an idea…!” Then introduce it as new.
Managers need to foster the older as well as the younger generations in order to keep their department a smooth running machine. To older gens, accept the training. There’s always something new to learn in the workplace!