August 4, 2011 Tessa Duckett
Should companies care about their employee’s well-being? Not just if they are happy, but their total well-being. A full circle encompassed of career, community, finance, and health? What would the benefits be for a company? And what recourses could companies use to educate their teams? I will take a look at career for our first text.
1. Career seems to be easy because companies have career paths to help the development of their teams. There are probably several positions within the company that not all employees are aware of. What about internships, international opportunities, sales, planning, buying etc? Educating your employees on internal possibilities and promotions will keep them connected to the company and they will be interested in long-term growth.
How about the career paths of the current employees from the CEO to the project manager? How did they get to where they are at? Having a career day at your place of employment could just be the ticket for long-term developmental goals. For the company, it is a great tool for succession planning. All Companies should have some plan of who will replace who when the position opens up. Don’t be stuck with an open position for three months while you are busy sourcing, interviewing, and hiring. We should all have back-up plans. Remember, we are all replaceable including you and me!
My career path starts with my parents owning several business. They’ve had a pool supply and service company, sporting goods store, roller rink(yes I was the cotton candy girl), a fishing and cross-country ski lodge, a hotel, and now a gift shop. I’ve seen them struggle, so owning my own business has never been appealing to me. I look forward to my biweekly pay check. What I did learn was that I liked people, customer service, leading teams, and getting results.
Career paths are cool and keep you connected with each other and find commonality with others. Educating teams and connecting with teams about careers is part of the total well-being of individuals.