Needing to use only one skill at work over and over again may bore out your employees, stagnate their learning curves, and reduce productivity. With employees increasingly seeking out challenges and learning opportunities, you can foster such experiences by providing them with a sense of variety at work.
- Job enrichment
Assign your employees additional responsibilities and duties normally reserved for higher level staff. For example, junior staff may be asked to draft and present reports directly to the management or to clients. Doing so enhances their confidence level, communication skills, and provides additional meaning and significance to their work.
- Rotate duties
Consider rotating non-core duties within your company among your employees for them to learn different skills and acquire different experiences. For example, if there is no one in charge of managing the company’s social media channels, employees can take turns to manage and learn from the process. Nevertheless, be careful not to rotate core job duties without careful planning as that may impact the company’s functioning!
- Special projects
Empower and encourage employees to design and work on special projects that they are passionate about and that would benefit the company. You may even consider putting the spotlight on employees who have produced results with their self-initiated and self-driven projects to emphasise a culture of learning.