It is said that the only thing worse than losing a good
employee is keeping a bad one. Every workplace has
employees that are under-performing when compared to the
expectations other supervisors. In some cases it is because
the employee is not in the right slot for their talents,
ambitions and soft skills. When this is the case investing in
the employee will reap great benefits, particularly if you use
low-cost or no-cost ways to enhance their skills and
contributions.

Here are some great ways to develop your employees
without spending a lot of money. Each of these ideas
requires only a commitment of time. Granted, time is money,
when you develop an employee the time they spend in
development is typically paid back 40:1.

Staff meetings
The first way to develop an employee is to allow an
employee to fill in for you in a staff meeting. The reality is that
you do not need to lead your staff meetings. Employees who
have been to those meetings on a regular basis understand
the way the meetings operate. By allowing somebody fill in
for you, you are allowing them to gain a feeling of
contribution that will ignite other aspects of their
performance.

Other meetings
Also consider allowing the employee to join you for your
meetings. This will give them exposure to management at
your level while they gain insight into your company’s culture
and a better understanding of the way upper management
thinks, acts and reacts.

Responsibilities
Increasing employee’s responsibility is a great way to
develop them. The premise of this article is that you have an
employee who is under-performing so you may think, “why
would I give them additional responsibilities as they cannot
handle what they already have?’

This is where your leadership capabilities are most needed
as you will need to decide what specific responsibilities the
employee shines at doing. Never give them a task thinking it
will overcome their weakness as it should be
counterproductive. Which one do is give them a task the
place to their strengths to give them confidence in a better
sense of contribution.

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