As a manager, you try your best to keep up with the latest business news and industry specific developments. You read a variety of business blogs and subscribe to a few professional development newsletters. For the most part, you have a sense of what your employees need to work on to be more effective each day. You pass on helpful tips to some of your employees over the water cooler and during one-on-one performance review conferences, but your well-meant advice doesn’t always seem to affect the personal effectiveness of your employees in the way that you would like. So what is a manager to do?
You might want to consider creating your own intra-office professional development newsletter filled with directly relevant information to email to your employees on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis in order to keep all of the employees in your unit abreast of the latest business buzz.
How to Create Your Own Professional Development Newsletter:
1. Find the Right Person for the Job
First, you will need to decide whether you have the available bandwidth to take on this project yourself, or whether you will need to delegate it to someone else. If you need to delegate, make sure that the task will not put an undue burden on the employee you ask to assist with this project. Find a person with strong organizational skills coupled with excellent writing and editing skills.
2. Gather Relevant Information
Subscribe to a variety of free professional development newsletters from industry leaders as well as more general business sources. Read up on business blogs. Keep up on the latest news. When you read something that is particularly relevant to your own employees, bookmark it, paste it into a Word document, or send it on to the person you are asking to compile this newsletter for your unit. You may also wish to ask your newsletter collaborator to spend a small amount of time each day trolling for newsletter relevant information.
3. Get Your Employees to Share Ideas
Get all of your employees on board. Encourage all employees to read the professional development newsletter tips you’ve gathered to improve their own personal effectiveness. Allow a time for employees to discuss these tips and how to apply them to their own practices each day. By discussing these ideas with their peers, these personal effectiveness tips are more likely to have a positive effect on performance.