The start of the school year brings special excitement – opening up a new notebook to write on the first page, establishing a new social circle and learning from new teachers. It’s an opportunity to re-invent yourself as an individual, friend and student. Once we’ve graduated and started our careers, we might feel that we only get a chance to “start fresh” when we change jobs. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Every employee can benefit from using back-to-school time to check in internally and chart a new course for the remainder of the year and beyond. And this opportunity for to re-visit employee development should happen continuously throughout the year – not just when kids are heading back into the classroom.
Long after school ends, we continue on as individuals, friends and students. Here’s how employees can examine themselves as each of these, and take action to improve.
For many, school is back in session in late August and September. This is the perfect time employees to re-examine individual employee goals for Q4, and how they can set up success for 2018. If employees start thinking now about what they want to accomplish in the year ahead, they can use Q4 goals as stepping stones.
We get by with a little help from our friends, right? A lot of us get through challenging work situations by leaning on our co-workers and operating as a team. Now is a great time for employees to reach out to gather peer-to-peer feedback to help them take a step closer to reaching team goals.
Are employees getting the support they need from coaches and mentors? If not, it’s a good time to seek new leaders who can fill that role. Now is perfect for having those one-on-one check-in conversations to help set goals for the quarter ahead and envision what they hope to accomplish in 2018.
How are you continually pushing yourself (or your employees) to perform better? Are you asking them to revisit their employee goals? Requiring them to provide peer-to-peer feedback regularly? Share your thoughts in the comments.