July 28, 2017
Training and Development 28 April 2017
How to get Your Employees the Skills They Need to Succeed
Kelly Nguyen
helping employees, succession planning

As a business owner or manager, it’s important to understand that an employee’s success is crucial to your business’s success.

Why? 

Well, it’s simple. If an employee does well, your business is the one that reaps the benefits. However, as a business owner/manager, you need to be the one equipped with the resources to help your employees gain the skills they need to succeed.

As a leader, you should be able to help your employees flourish and grow – and here’s how you can do that:


1. Learn to be a Great Mentor
A mentor can be a teacher or a guide. It can be anyone – from a family member to a friend, to a boss. Mentors are the types of people who can bring out the best in others, whether it be through wisdom, encouragement, or inspiration. 

Employees can learn and grow valuable skills under a mentor, which is why it’s important for all business leaders to learn how to be a great mentor.

Implementing a mentor program at your office is a great way to positively impact your culture and improve your bottom line.

It’s easy to be a good mentor, which is why business leaders should strive to become a great one. A good mentor can act as a guide; in this case, you can lead your employees to success. By investing time in nourishing their strengths and skills, you’ll be able to guide them to success – and watch your business thrive in the long run.

 

2. Encourage Open and Transparent Communication. 
To help employees improve, business leaders should be able to encourage and demonstrate open and transparent communication. By opening up an environment for free speech, you can encourage your employees to build their communication and trust. 

Communication is important to get the business flowing and growing since your employees will now be able to express their comments, criticisms, and concerns.

It's not always as easy as you think! Sit down as management and decide together what is a priority. Make a transparency checklist to help you and your leaders implement your program.

Transparent communication is a great way for employees to express themselves and is also a great way to encourage teamwork. Teamwork is a valuable skill to learn and can take a while to foster and implement. Employees that can understand teamwork are more likely to get along with their coworkers, and it will have great effects on the rest of the business.

Teamwork will also make the business flourish and grow even better than before. It’s important for a business leader to demonstrate open and transparent communication skills, whether it be through feedback, suggestions, or performance appraisals.


3. Monitor and Track Progress to Identify Strengths and Weaknesses. 

Monitoring and tracking progress goes hand in hand with open and transparent communication. A business leader should understand how to monitor and track their employee’s progress, in order to see if they’re thriving and succeeding in achieving their goals. 

A great business leader should be able to understand what their employees need to achieve success, and should be able to guide them there. 

It’s important to understand what their employees want to achieve and come up with a plan on how to achieve these set goals.  

By monitoring and tracking their employee’s goals, business leaders will be able to identify their various strengths and weaknesses. Identifying strengths and weaknesses can help your employees find opportunities to improve their skills. 

Taking the time to monitor and track your employee’s progress will benefit your employees in the long run, which can help your company grow in the long run as well.


4. Set Goals and Milestones.  
Goals and milestones can help your employees reach even greater heights – which is why business leaders should be able to focus on helping their employees set them. 

By setting milestones, business leaders can incorporate an employee’s strengths and weaknesses (as mentioned above) to help them set the bar even higher. A good business leader should also be able to provide feedback and encouragement for their employees – to help them reach their goals and to provide a better sense of morale and support. 

Examples of some great goals to set would be things like setting a new sales record, striving for the most referrals, and etc. 

This, along with monitoring and tracking your employee’s goals and progress, can help set your employees on the path to success. 


It’s not easy being a great business leader. A great business leader should be able to equip themselves with the skills they need to help their employees succeed. This could have great benefits in the long run – for your employees and for your business. To learn more about ways to help your employees succeed, subscribe to ProSky’s Talking Talent. You’ll learn more about your employees like never before.