‘Employee Development’ in a Small Company

September 18, 2015

My name is Calum and I am an Assistant Games Manager at SportInspired. Since graduating from the University of Exeter, I have been working for SportInspired for the past 9 months and have found the experience to date incredibly fun and rewarding. As an Assistant Games Manager, I have been lucky enough to be involved in a plethora activities, ranging from organising sports equipment to market research to managing the intern recruitment process. I like to be pushed and challenged in the work environment and so employee development for me is key…

Employee development is a cornerstone principle amongst almost, if not every, company in both the public and private sectors. Yet very few fail to successfully and comprehensively cater to the needs of their individual employees. Working in a large company, it is easy to get lost as a small cog in a big wheel; therefore experience in a smaller, more centralised working environment can prove to be invaluable when it comes to employee development.

In terms of the level of responsibility, expectations on individuals are that much higher in a smaller company. It is much easier to hide within a large organisation but the level of exposure to decision making and working under pressure pales in comparison. Being ‘thrown in at the deep end’, you learn to swim that much faster and with the right amount of guidance, it soon becomes that much easier and not nearly as daunting to take on tasks that previously you would have thought impossible.

A bit of self-belief goes a long way – why else would you have been chosen to manage the project or take on a team leadership role unless it was thought you are capable and up to the task? Sure the level of scrutiny is that little bit higher but ultimately so too is that rewarding feeling and sense of accomplishment. In the modern world, it is easy to get stuck in routine and stay in your comfort zone but pushing yourself out of it will bring about greater rewards for you as an individual.

Everyone likes to feel valued in life and so a few words of praise from a manager or senior director can go a long way to improving employee’s confidence. When combined with constructive feedback as to how to improve, employee empowerment as well as employee development are outcomes.

Calum George
Assistant Games Manager

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