Secrets to Year
By Drew Stevens
Let’s face it, the year has been stressful and while things
are becoming better, there is still over 90 days to this hapless
year. With numerous budgets sliced and time running short for
year-end deadlines the stress and drive are affecting many
employers. However, there are methods that managers can do to help
instill contentment to staff while getting all to work
It is vital for employers to communicate effectively. In fact, the
gravest misunderstanding about employee relations is communication.
Surveys show that many managers assign tasks, delegate issues and
leave people alone. It is imperative for managers to meet with their
teams often and discuss the myriad of issues. Research shows that
67% of job productivity is attributed to the relationships between
manager and employee. When managers communicate often with employees
productivity and morale improve.
In the age of the internet and the proliferation of text and email
it is easy to get lost in the quagmire of electronics. Individuals
perform better when they have direct access to employers and can
openly discuss many project issues. It is easy to get lost in lazy
methods of communication. If you want to have a higher performing
team then offer direct telephone and face to face meetings.
With More Time
Since time is available and perhaps the stress of completing
projects is lessened perhaps now is a good time to get to be more
personable with staff. It is a good time to have luncheon meet and
greets or even a sack lunch and simply get to know your staff.
The single greatest effort for every project is reaching key
milestones and ensuring that staff are accountable. However are your
milestones celebrated? It is very easy to criticize, condemn and
complain but how often do you compliment? Morale improves when
individuals are acknowledged for their efforts. A simple “atta boy”
goes a long way towards collaboration and comfort.
The time is now to have open discussions of previous project flaws
or discovery of best practices. With the use of town hall meetings,
employers can conduct post-mortem examinations to determine key
project attributes. These highly successful meetings can produce
positive practices for future projects allowing better execution
on-time and on-budget.
Many employers chafe at the idea of communication during
turbulent times. Now is the time to relish them. Turbulence is
simply a time for change and a pre boom period. Turbulence enables
you to look in the review mirror and abandon poor practices and
techniques. More importantly turbulent times allow for time with
your greatest assets- your employees!
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