The goal of any business organization is to increase profitability, expand in growth, and innovations. It is also their goal to ensure maximum quality, minimum cost, and optimum performance. However, the core of every organization is rooted in its personnel. It is the major element for achieving all the aforementioned goals. This is why we are discussing personal growth within a business organisation today.
For most people, the importance of personnel in a business organization is not appreciated. Because most people underplay their well-being for the growth of the organization. The reason for this can be because many people today consider their jobs simply as a means of income. They forget to see the bigger picture – their organizations and the roles they play should be stepping-stones towards their general career development.
The Individual And The Organisation
An individual desiring career growth cannot afford to be complacent. They cannot perceive themselves as simply routine participants or desk fillers in the organization. An individual’s job can be regarded as a reflection of their skills and education. This is seen in their contribution to the achievement of organizational growth and development.
When individuals improve at what they do, they, in turn, become more valuable to their team, their subordinates, their supervisors, their clients, and, ultimately, their organization. In truth, the individuals become more relevant even in the larger industry where they are players and inadvertently open doors of wider opportunities for themselves. Relevance is found therefore in the commitment to learning and growing.
As Joyce A.E. Russell wrote in The Washington Post: “With today’s more complex business environment, learning is not just a nice thing to do. It is essential for staying on top of things… None of us can afford to remain stagnant in our knowledge.”
When we pay more attention to personal growth in organizations, we as employees learn to better enjoy our jobs and become more valuable to our organizations. A job can cease to be arduous when individuals place importance on their personal growth within their organizations, while on the job.
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Boredom, monotony, and stagnation begin to set in on the job when employees get too comfortable with the job. When they stop to learn or improve their skills. With the internet, it has become relatively easier to access resources, training, workshops, and seminars relevant to the job. Even if an employee exists in a company where little or no opportunities for growth are offered, he/she can take advantage of many resources outside the office.
Establishing new contacts and networking enables the employee to develop new ways of perceiving everyday activities. It also helps them discover new techniques for doing the same things.
One very important, yet mostly ignored aspect of personal growth is mentorship. It is important for an employee to find and select the right mentor. A mentor is a person he/she can very well learn the ropes from. A good mentor helps to expand one’s orientation, activate ideas, and stretch limits and capabilities in a way that results in growth, both personal and organizational.
Good mentorship is established in an employee’s relationship with a significant other who shares similar views, has substantially relevant experience, and the hands-on knowledge relevant to the employee. The common saying that two heads are better than one is justified through good mentorship. According to Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Focusing On Positives
As an employee, it would be relatively easier to get caught up in everything that isn’t working in the organization – work overload, organizational culture, command structures, etc. The downside, however, is that when we focus on everything negative around us, the well-being and productivity of the employee are unavoidably affected.
It is important as an employee to consciously find ‘motivators’ embedded in his or her work or work environment. It could be the cordial relationship with coworkers, or the availability of free lunch, free transport to and from work, or simply the aesthetics of the office. By channeling oneself to positive things, one generates positive energy and positive thoughts needed for personal growth.
Experience(s) Is Key
The saying that experience is the best teacher is not over-rated. Experiences help to show how things can be done differently to achieve better results. Experiences are also not limited to personal experiences, as the employee can learn from people (subordinates, supervisors, colleagues) around. The best thing that could happen to any employee could come from adequately spotting the lessons embedded in the experiences of people he or she works with.
We might not be able to change the way people act or how their actions influence our lives, but as an alternative to getting antagonistic or frustrated, the employee can use the actions of others as a reflection of what should or should not be done.
Be Change Friendly
It is common knowledge that the only constant thing is change. A prerequisite to personal growth is being change friendly. Change, however, can come in many dimensions for an employee. It could be in the work procedures. Here the employee may need to make changes to how he or she goes about the job. If possible, the employee may need to change his or her career goals and aspirations. This change might be to align with the organization he or she is involved with or to align with the resources available to him or her at the moment.
The biggest kind of change can be presented in the form of a change of job or organization. This kind of change may seem tricky, but can be necessary or inevitable. When an employee finds him/herself in an environment that is undoubtedly not in sync with his or her personal and career goals, the only way forward is to go back to the drawing board and systematically examine the fears associated with the pros and cons of trying something new.
Dealing With Failure
In every endeavor, there is always a possibility of failure. The possibility of failure should not become a fear. Fear should be seen as another way of learning and acquiring experiences. Some psychologists are of the opinion that fear is only a state of mind. All that the fear of failure does is hinder an individual from exploring their capabilities and taking profitable risks.
An employee willing to expand, and embrace personal growth, must consciously learn to deal with failure. You do this by looking out for questions that can be answered, lessons that can be learned, innovations that can be made. In essence, failure should not be an end in itself.
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