Over the years, ideas about keeping employees productive have definitely changed. While some people from the old school of thought believe that a tight ship increases employee productivity, more and more studies have shown that the key to productive employees lies in happy and valued hires who look forward to attending work each day. Motivation comes from encouragement, great relationships and a comfortable work environment, and as a manager it can be your job to provide these things.
Set The Tone
From the very first moment that you hire on a new member of your team, set the tone that productivity is expected and rewarded. Ensure your staff members have the resources that they need to meet deadlines and to prove themselves as useful members of your companies’ workforce. The overall tone in your office should be one of comfort, but expectation equally. Challenge your employees by brainstorming with them for solutions to common workplace problems. Allow your employees to be heard.
Communication skills are important when managing teams. The better you communicate, the more likely that your staff will do exactly what you ask.
When you find useful staff members that you can rely on, show them your appreciation with things they can use. A company lunch is nice, but not nearly as beneficial as a proactive group insurance package after an initial probation period. For staff who stick it out and prove their worth, the benefits that come with reliable employee perks are likely to keep your most excellent staff right where they belong, working to improve your business every step of the way. Read the rest of “4 Tested Ways To Increase Employee Productivity”
As much as we hate to admit it, everyone at some point or another brings a personal issue to work.
When personal issues start affecting professional behavior in the workplace, managers are presented with a particularly tough problem – especially when the issue is between two coworkers. It’s bound to happen, so it’s best to consider solutions now, before a problem gets out of hand.
Conflict resolution can be one of the most daunting tasks for new managers as employees look to them to solve their problems. Our Management Skills and Leadership courses both teach you how to deal with conflict in the workplace and keep things running smoothly.
Here are some suggestions for how to resolve workplace conflicts without taking sides:
Know your place
As a manager, it is important that you rise above the personal aspects of the conflict and assume nothing less than a managerial role.
Your employees look to you for guidance, and whether they are aware of it or not, you set the tone for their behavior in the office. Therefore, as tempting as it may be for you to involve yourself in the emotional side of an office dispute, you must stay level headed and strong as a leader. Read the rest of “How to Resolve Workplace Conflicts without Taking Sides”
It is safe to say that communication is the single most important thing there is when it comes to working with others, resolving conflicts, and spreading ideas and information. Therefore, as a manager, you simply cannot afford to overlook the importance of good communication.
Communication skills are a vital tool for managers and so are taught as part of both our management training and leadership training courses.
If things in the workplace are not running as smoothly as they should, you can bet that poor communication is at least partly at fault. Fortunately, there are things you can do to remedy problems caused by faulty communication. Here are some suggestions for how to improve your communication skills:
Practice effective listening
Many people focus their attentions on what they want to say next, even when others are talking to them. This is counterintuitive to effective communication. Read the rest of “Management 101: How to Improve Your Communication Skills”