You there, sitting behind that keyboard. Yes, you! The one feeling as if there is nothing more to life than a pile of paperwork. Do you ever feel that you’re bringing your ‘A’ game to the table daily, without a mere nod of approval? Do you plod on with the business of the day, with no recognition or reward in sight? It is time for business leaders to invest in staff. What kind of investment? Ideally the company that you’re working for should help develop your skills through part-time training, extra courses or mentorship.
If this idea has struck a chord and you feel as if you are losing vital life force and energy every day without any kind of pick-me-up, then you need to realise this…
You are valuable!
Yes, you! Gorgeous, infinite, intelligent, vibrant human being on the other side, reading this, you deserve recognition. Your skills and talents are definitely deserving of praise and an investment from your place of employment.
Investing in human potential is the single most important move that any business or organisation can make. From whichever angle you look at it, when a business sits up and realises the need to invest in their most valuable asset – you, everybody stands to benefit.
From an employer/management point of view, what could be greater than knowing that you have a positively charged and energised group of workers coming into the office every day? When workers have a balanced sense of self and productivity they inadvertently experience a greater sense of wellbeing.
From within the business perspective in the corporate world, there is often a fear-based notion that if you empower your workers, they will take the knowledge that they’ve acquired and leave. Human nature is a variable. The truth is, people will decide on what’s best for them and leave if they have to. However, imagine the horror of people who remain unskilled and remain at your business? Food for thought.
It goes without saying, that somebody who feels acknowledged and valued will feel inclined to give more. Employee loyalty is a just one by-product of investing in your workforce.
It definitely is a feather in your cap to have a company invest in your development. However, more than just seeing this from an ego level, it gives you the ‘get-up-and-go’ that you need in the morning to face another day with optimism and cheer.
The famous William Butler Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”. This is true not just in a schoolyard context, but also from a business point of view. When a company or business invests in you, in a manner of speaking, you are introduced to yourself. You get to discover dreams that you never had, goals that you never knew existed and perhaps even tap into your own entrepreneurial skills especially if you receive additional and/or part-time training.
If you attend a workshop or skills development program, you get introduced to a whole lot of new information and ideas. With the amount of information in front of you, the next logical step would be to use that to innovate in your own career.
The human mind requires stimulation. More often than not, people lag behind in their professional development because they are restless and aching for change. When you feel as if the company you work for is investing in you, your own personal sense of ambition is sharpened and this brings a level of excitement and adrenaline to your daily duties.
In as much as it is important for your company to invest in you and your development, you also have the responsibility to invest in yourself. What does this mean? If you are heading out there into the world and expect others to take you seriously, you have to be just as committed to your own progress and success. It is up to you to decide what that investment will look like. Get in touch with a personal-development coach, attach yourself to a mentor or even study a niche, part-time course that will equip you for your future.
With this in mind, take a look at this thought-provoking video by media mogul, Oprah Winfrey that will help you believe in yourself and invest in your own potential.
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Media professional, senior writer and blogger at Educor Holdings. I blog about matters that relate to education and personal development. I am an out-of-the-box thinker, fascinated with perceptions of the mind’s eye, the power of imagination and creative learning. I am passionate about the human experience, and an avid believer in dialogue, breaking stereotypes, sharing information and the power of the arts. I also appreciate fine coffee and dark chocolate. Join me on this journey of knowledge and exploration.