October 23, 2013. You can grow and develop your talent from within by using some key strategies. Investing in your employee will pay off tenfold, as your employee reciprocates and becomes emotionally invested in you and your company. First, when you hire a new employee, provide them with a performance plan right away. This can be a plan during their probationary period. Give them feedback periodically, such as once a month or once a quarter. New employees require more feedback to keep them on the right track. When an issue comes up, work through it with the employee. Developing talent requires additional work, but can produce fruits as you trust them more and more. Don’t be afraid to delegate, check on their work, and guide them where they took a misstep. It takes time and work, but over time this will yield fruit to make your job easier and grow your business.

Ask employees to self-evaluate. Provide written policies with minimum requirements for them. Each employee should have a job description, which may need to be periodically reviewed and updated. Help create a skill plan for employees to prepare them to take on a leadership role when ready. Pair a new employee with a mentor if appropriate. Discuss what your employee envisions for their career long-term and invest in them accordingly to develop skills that will be useful to you and the employee. In turn, share your vision for the employee with him or her. This will keep the employee engaged in his or her work. For more information on employment law and issues, email info@goosmannlaw.com or call 712.226.4000.

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