Many employees dread their one-on-one performance meetings, but oftentimes that is due to feeling that they have no voice, are misunderstood, or that management doesn’t really care. This is a waste of time for a company all around. So how can you make sure these meetings are fruitful not only for your employees but management as well? Realize these meetings have a great purpose. This is not only time for top-down communication, but also communication from the bottom-up. Your employee should be allowed and encouraged to express their highlights and lowlights, what they believe is or isn’t working, and what their goals and desires are of themselves and their roles. People want and need to feel valued and are the heart of every organization. Make sure your company is taking advantage of these tips to make your meetings more productive and meaningful for everyone.
Have you ever worked on a dysfunctional team? Morale and production are usually pretty low and watercooler chatter tends to only kindle the negative environment. It’s not enjoyable for anyone and is detrimental to a company. Luckily, with a little TLC, teams can turn from lackluster to brilliant functioning units. Check out these 10 ways to make your team stronger and more successful than ever.
Internal communication is an essential function in every company. Without efficient communication, executive decisions and direction never make it to employees, and progress stalls. In companies of any size, middle management is often responsible for communicating strategy from executives to their direct reports. If the direction that is given by upper-level management is miscommunicated, the manager in the middle may pass incorrect or misguided instruction, delaying progress. This plight of the middle manager is often called the frozen middle.
This delay in transferring information can impact company success and cause frustration for employees. So what can a middle manager do if they get stuck in the frozen middle? JobHero outlines some of the best ways for managers to tackle this communication issue. From providing upward and downward feedback to identifying communication gaps, managers can learn to thaw the frozen middle and propel their company forward.
According to Gallop, millennial employee engagement is at a dismal 30%. They define engagement by an employee’s enthusiasm and commitment to their work. That means the other 70% of employees are either not engaged or actively disengaged. Those are pretty staggering figures, and those figures have a direct impact on the success of their corresponding workplaces. What can companies do to change this? The company-employee interaction must change for the better if workplaces want to save hard earned revenue from being wasted by constant turnover and less than fruitful work hours. Check out the infographic below describing the major contributors to employee satisfaction.
38% of employees would rather do unpleasant activities than sit next to their micromanaging boss. Although intentions may be meant well, micromanagers hurt employee morale and can stifle productivity. Yet the line between being a leader or a manager can be a bit blurry. Check out these six ways to recognize if you may be showing symptoms of micromanaging your team and see a couple of tips on how to improve those tendencies. Not only will you be happier but your team will be too!
Motivation is one of the greatest responsibilities a leader has. How do you effectively motivate your team or workforce to not only produce results but also retain satisfied employees? 30% of executives say this is the most difficult part of their job. If you think there is a simple straight forward solution, think again. Check out what really motivates people and how to best go about it and how not to.
Being a leader is an honor and a privilege, but it can also be a daunting task. Your team looks to you for inspiration and guidance while management counts on you for measurable results often in tight timelines. Learning to navigate the white waters of successful leadership is paramount not only to your success but also to everyone who counts on you for their success as well. Check out this helpful 7 step guide that will set you up to deliver the results you are looking for.