Keepable New Year’s Resolutions For Employers
A Healthier, Wealthier, And Happier Workplace
Your staff is working hard, doing more with less. You can aid in preventing burnout with some simple steps. A bit of flexibility with scheduling helps. Letting people work from home, either permanently or on occasion, is a good idea too. So is job sharing if you can arrange it.
In trying to make sure your point is made, or to stimulate a discussion, you might be sharing all your ideas and then asking the rest of the team for input. At that point it's often too late. When you really want their input, you must ask questions and shut up! Let the group share their thoughts as a means of team building. Be patient and give them time. This creates a less threatening environment for discussion and openness.
Your staff is involved in the business too. Wouldn’t you like them to be more personally invested in its success? If so, you have to involve them in the goals and planning for the business. You may set the overall direction. But let them take part in agreeing on the outcomes. Slowing down enough to include your people in this important work is key to greater commitment and follow-through.
You want people to improve. In almost every case, people want to do better. Yet most workplace feedback is focused on something that can’t be changed: the past. If you want to be a more effective coach to your team and help them advance their skills and results, give them feedback and advice about what they can do next time. Be specific and clear. Then be sure to regularly conduct employee performance reviews.
What’s it cost to put a smile on someone’s face by praising them? Well, maybe it costs a little when it’s someone you normally don’t get along with. Today disarm them with charm. Surprise them with a compliment and see if that doesn’t perk them up.