Employee motivation techniques can be as different as the people who work for you. Here are 3 to try.
One of the most crucial tasks of any team leader is to motivate his or her team to achieve more.
“Why Teams Don’t Work” authors Harvey Robbins and Michael Finley have identified three key skills a team leader must have to motivate people effectively. They are: Continue reading
Overcome the distance barrier and get the most out of your off-site employees.
A principle building block of any business is trust between management and employees. As a supervisor, you must trust that your employees will fulfill their job responsibilities.
This holds especially true for teleworkers. But how do you show your trust? Knowing the right methods will make all the difference.
Here are 7 ways that you can begin to build a trusting relationship with your teleworkers:
- Manage by results; do not micromanage based on face time.
- Communicate goals and set expectations in a definitive manner.
- Establish interim and final due dates for projects
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Ditch your standard to-do list in favor of a white board–and actually get your important work done.
To-do lists are great, but they often get lost under mountains of paperwork. Consider listing your important weekly tasks on a white board instead.
Everyone needs a little boost in keeping organized, whether it’s a to-do list, an electronic reminder or a string tied around a finger. But with so much to keep track of, you need something bigger. In your quest for organization, don’t underestimate your white board, which is useful for more than just managing who’s in and out of the office.
Face-to-face communication may at times seem daunting, but it’s almost always the best way to get your point across.
With e-mail, telephone, instant messaging and a host of other communication channels available in today’s workplaces, you may find it difficult to figure out which one works best for your department.
But remember that face-to-face communication is still by far most effective. Continue reading
Follow this 6-step plan to become a ‘coaching leader’ for your team–and help your employees weather life’s struggles.
If you expect your employees to leave their personal issues at home, you could be making a grave mistake. As a supervisor, you need to work with them to pull through their issues and become better employees for your company.
Daniel Harkavy, author of Becoming A Coaching Leader, offers this six-step plan to help get your employees on the right track: Continue reading