Encouraging employees to develop a growth mindset is essential for any forward-thinking company. Your organization may provide learning materials, resources, and personalized PDPs for your employees, but that isn’t where your responsibilities as an employer end. To take engagement to the next level and ensure your business continues to grow, you must encourage employees to have a growth mindset.
A growth mindset, a term coined by psychologist Professor Carol Dweck in 2006, is the belief that you can use hard work, strategies, and guidance to grow and develop. Having a growth mindset encourages employees to proactively pursue growth through dedication and commitment, and not allow setbacks to get in the way of progress.
Encouraging employees to follow this method ensures sustained growth and continued success in a rapidly changing business landscape. With this in mind, we’ll explore how you can foster a growth mindset at your organization through collaboration, training, and continuous reinforcement.
It’s important to understand the power of adopting a growth mindset to see how it can benefit your organization. To do this, consider how learning and development suffers when employees don’t have a growth mindset:
With a growth mindset, employees approach learning and development with more enthusiasm, which can prevent such issues from materializing. When employees put effort and perseverance into their development, they’re more likely to have positive outcomes.
Not only this, but adopting a growth mindset also has additional benefits:
For example, Apple, Microsoft, and Bloomberg are just three major organizations that have successfully built a growth mindset in their workforces. To learn more, check out our podcast on the neuroscience behind a fixed vs growth mindset.
Now that you know the benefits of a growth mindset, the question becomes: how can you develop a growth mindset at work? Consider the following steps to encourage your employees to make this positive change:
There is a close connection between collaboration, innovation, and developing a growth mindset. For example, with a growth mindset, employees are more likely to be open to new ideas, be happy to accept feedback, and be more receptive to suggestions.
The same also works in reverse. Encouraging collaboration and innovation can attract employees to a growth mindset.
Of course, with innovation comes risk, and with risk comes the possibility of failure. However, as we’ve highlighted, failure shouldn’t be viewed negatively, as doing so will prevent future growth opportunities. Instead, learning from failures is a key part of fostering a growth mindset.
As such, you should encourage experimentation and creative problem-solving. Not only will this lead to more success, but also increase how employees learn and develop.
Encouraging your employees to adopt a growth mindset is just the beginning. Getting them to sustain that mindset indefinitely can be another challenge altogether. Doing this requires continuous reinforcement so employees recognize and understand the importance of development.
A part of adopting a growth mindset is employees changing how they feel and behave about learning. It could be something small and simple, like putting their phone in another room so they can focus, or something large, such as overcoming self-doubt and fear.
Reinforcement, such as recognizing successes and rewarding innovation, ensures that employees remain motivated, engaged, and willing to develop.
Of course, setbacks will happen. However, continuous reinforcement helps you overcome these setbacks. Plus, having a growth mindset will ensure fewer setbacks in the future!
At Go1, we have a range of online courses that can help your employees adopt a growth mindset.
Check out our case study on delivering a transformational learning ecosystem for Lumanity, or speak to one of our experts today to get started on your learning journey.