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Why Working with Supportive Employers Leads to Career Success

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When you think about starting your career, what key things do you want in the workplace? 🤔

We bet a supportive manager and team to work with is at the top of your list!

A crucial aspect that can significantly impact this journey is the type of employer you choose to work with. But what does this look like in action?

Alsco Uniforms joins us to share their insights and introduce us to Baxter, a key employee who’s been fully supported to grow and thrive in his career. Keep reading to learn more.

What Do We Mean by a Supportive Employer?

What are the main symbols of a supportive employer? What actions does this take, and how do you know if a workplace is ‘supportive’?

These are essential questions to ask. They can help you analyse workplaces more critically to ensure they offer you the best experience.

Generally, you want to look out for these qualities:

  1. Encourages growth and development: A supportive employer invests in their employees’ growth by providing training, skill development, and advancement opportunities.
  2. Fosters a positive work culture: They prioritise creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where employees feel valued, respected, and motivated to perform their best.
  3. Offers mentorship and guidance: Supportive employers provide mentorship programs or avenues for employees to seek advice and feedback, aiding their professional development journey.
  4. Recognises and rewards achievements: They acknowledge employees’ hard work and accomplishments, fostering a sense of appreciation and motivation within the workforce.

Why is this important for early career starters?

For anyone just beginning their career journey, working with a supportive employer can set the foundation for long-term success.

It provides you with valuable opportunities to learn and grow and instils confidence and a sense of belonging in the workplace.

Being part of a supportive work environment can help you work through challenges commonly faced by early career professionals, such as uncertainty and imposter syndrome.

Meet Baxter!

Baxter King’s story is a testament to the impact of working with a supportive employer.

Within just two years at Alsco Uniform’s Wellington Textile branch, Baxter has experienced remarkable career growth. Starting as a Service Delivery Person, he quickly progressed to become a Route Jumper and now proudly holds the position of Service Delivery Supervisor.

Baxter’s commitment to personal and professional development is also highlighted by the successful completion of a nationwide Level 3 Leadership course through Alsco Uniforms.

Encouraged by his manager, this opportunity allowed Baxter to hone his leadership skills, propelling his career forward. His achievements extend beyond the workplace too, as he was nominated for the Young Employee Awards in Porirua in 2022.

Reflecting on his Alsco Uniforms experience, Baxter highlights the great team dynamics and diverse yet harmonious work environment.

“The best part about working for Alsco Uniforms is the team,” Baxter says. “Everyone gets along so well, works together, and overall, it’s a supportive environment.”

Feel Fully Supported at Work

Working with a supportive employer can significantly impact your career trajectory, especially in the early years.

As Baxter’s story illustrates, opportunities for growth, a positive work culture, and mentorship are so important in achieving success.

If you’re a young teen exploring career options, consider the benefits of working with a company like Alsco Uniforms, where your growth and development are put first.

Take the first step towards a rewarding career by exploring roles at Alsco Uniforms today!

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