I strongly believe in promoting growth amongst your employees. I think it is one of those things that separates managers from leaders. It’s not enough for leaders to just talk about the importance of growth, they must actually act on it by helping their employees grow.
Recently I was involved in a situation with another manager regarding the growth of one of their employees that infuriated me and served as my inspiration for this post. I have an open position on my team that an employee from another team reached out to me to find out about applying for. It is company policy that all internal applicants speak with their manager before applying to more or less give them a heads up to prepare for their possible departure from the team. I told this employee that the position was still open, but that they needed to apply through the proper process (i.e. talk to their manager). To make a long story short, their management is making the application approval way more difficult than it needs to be. This got me thinking about reasons why managers would make it hard on employees to move into other opportunities where they can continue to grow by learning new skills.