The “How To” Series Pt. 6: How to Develop Career Paths for Your Staff (Updated for 2023)

Your staff is the magic oil that makes your machine (your pet care business) run smoothly day in and day out. Staff members have been carefully chosen to help you achieve your goals and objectives. And some of your staff members have even become like family. So why would you want to develop a career path for them? A path that might lead them away from your business and into the arms of another!

Well, developing career paths for your staff is essential for keeping them motivated, engaged, and committed to their work. In fact, studies show that high engagement with your staff produces better outcomes, attracts better staff members, and actually improves employee retention. Of course, that’s not all. Engaging your employees, doubles the innovation, doubles customer satisfaction, and increases profitability by 25%

Developing career paths for your staff is a win-win for everybody!

Here are some tips on how to create effective career paths for your team members:

Start with their goals

Before you can develop a career path for your staff, you need to understand their career goals. Find out what they want to achieve in their careers and use that information to create a path that will help them reach those goals. This could include identifying specific skills or roles they want to develop, or identifying opportunities for advancement within the company.

  • Hindsight: Sit down with each individual employee and go over their past work history. Write down what they’ve accomplished in the past and other achievements that have helped them achieve their current position
  • Foresight: This one might be tough… as it involves looking beyond your organization. While you wish you could keep your best staff members forever, the reality is that everyone grows and sometimes they grow out of your organization. Take a look at industry trends and the big picture of the world. Where do they fit? Where do they want to fit?
  • Insight: After looking back and looking forward, you’ll have a better understanding of where your employee’s skills and interests intersect with your organization’s goals. At this intersection is where your employee and organization are going to find the most satisfaction and fulfillment.


Find opportunities each day

One of the best ways to develop career paths for your staff is to find opportunities for them to learn and grow each day. This could include assigning them new responsibilities, offering training and development programs, or providing opportunities for networking and mentoring. By constantly providing new opportunities for growth, you’ll help your staff stay engaged and motivated in their work day in and day out.

Use career tests

Career tests can be a valuable tool for helping your staff understand their strengths and weaknesses, and identify potential career paths that align with their skills and interests. These tests can also help you identify areas where your staff may need additional training or development. Career tests should be used as a part of a holistic approach to developing your staff, not an end all be all conclusion. Some careers may not interest them from this test, however, these careers may have skills or learning paths that can be applied to pet care.

Leaving room to grow

As you develop career paths for your staff, it’s important to remember that everyone’s career journey is unique. Leave room for flexibility and personalization so that each individual can chart their own path. This could include providing opportunities for lateral moves or allowing staff to pursue interests outside of their current role.

In conclusion, developing career paths for your staff is an essential part of keeping them engaged and motivated in their work. By understanding their goals, providing opportunities for growth, using career tests, and leaving room for flexibility and personalization, you can help your staff reach their full potential and achieve success in their careers.