It may take some time for the economy to snap back from the ravages of the pandemic, but we still have to focus on professional development, even when budgets are still tight. The Gallup website offers some suggestions:
Build relationships. Establishing trust with your co-workers is the best way to encourage everyone you work with to share what they know with each other. True strength— at work and elsewhere— comes with confidence.
Coach and be coachable. Focus on developing employees’ strengths, setting goals, sharing expectations, and encouraging them to learn and grow. At the same time, be open to advice from superiors or those who have been in the business longer than you.
Lead from wherever you are. Don’t hunker down and wait for things to return to normal. Set challenging goals for your organization and work with employees on what they need to learn to achieve your objectives.
Inspire others. Keep spirits high by encouraging people to learn and grow, and praising them when they do. Share a positive vision of success and recognize those who succeed.
Think critically. Question the conventional wisdom about your organization and industry. Seek out new information to apply different solutions to everyday problems.
Communicate. Let employees know what’s happening in your organization. This points them toward what they should be learning and doing to help you succeed.
Hold people accountable. As you set goals and challenges for growth and development, hold yourself and others accountable for results. This shows you’re serious and helps you and others hit their targets.