Having a career development conversation with an employee is not always easy and certainly takes a time investment we don’t always want to make. Having this discussion, however, can be one of the most powerful motivational techniques you can use to increase performance and long-term engagement. Very few people want to stagnate. Although some may not seek to progress to a role at a higher level, these people rarely want to stay the same. Effective managers look to develop employees by coaching them to think about, plan, and take action on their career goals. I highly recommend managers use 3 simple yet important questions to guide an employee development discussion. Ask the questions, listen, support, explore ideas and resource them where you can.
1. What do you want to be doing 2-3 years from now?
2. What is your plan to make this happen?
3. What can I do to help you get there?