Why should you be prioritising employee needs?
“Put your own oxygen mask on before helping others.”
This airline safety tip has become a rallying cry for those who need to prioritise their own needs over everyone else around them.
It's also the worst possible advice you could apply as a company.
Focusing on profits and company goals over your people's needs is the corporate equivalent of putting on your mask first ... Then sitting back and watching the career aspirations of your greatest asset die a little bit every day. That is, until employees get so fed up that they leave your company for those who prioritise their learning, growth, and development.
Fly Higher When You Put Your People First
Focusing on what employees need over what the organisation needs is the exact opposite of what logic tells us. The pushback goes something like this:
I understand that employees need more information, but we're at a critical time right now, and the company requires us to focus on delivering against our bookings target.
Ironically, it's when companies don't invest in relevant L&D that workers peace out, citing a lack of career development as one of the main reasons they leave.
On the other hand, when companies value their employees' needs and goals over their own and invest in people-first L&D, something exciting happens.
When engagement goes up, the byproduct is often better than the company's goals could've imagined if key leaders started with the organisation's needs in the first place:
Your people can be your competitive advantage. But crushing the KPIs, your board cares about will happen naturally when companies put employees first. From onboarding to exit interviews, employee goals should drive development.
What does employee-centric L&D look like?
Whatever goals your company has in mind makes good business sense to tackle them from the bottom up. Thankfully, employees want to be in the driver's seat of their own development. Why not let them take the lead (so your company can, too)?
But first, do you know whether your LMS can handle employee-centric L&D? Ask these 7 questions to find out.
People Matter Most.
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