Is Good Work Being Recognized?

Is Good Work Being Recognized?

Employees need and appreciate acknowledgement for a job well done. Doing so helps retain valuable talent.

Train your managers on how to praise and recognize employees for doing good work. Provide them with a budget for financial rewards.

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How Is Employee Retention?

Employee retention rests on opportunities to learn and advance; work/life balance; a good cultural fit; and an appreciation for good work. High employee turnover is a clear sign that something’s not right with the management of an organization.

Employee surveys, ideally delivered by an experienced third-party vendor, and focus groups conducted by outside consultants, can assess your manager’s performance, or the need for more employee training and support.

Do Employees Know What’s Expected Of Them?

Good managers provide continuous feedback to them. This allows the employee to quickly make course corrections and to feel successful.

Employers should be mindful of those they promote into leadership positions. Strong communication skills are a must when leading a team of people and coaching on this area might be necessary for some.

Do Employees Feel Cared For?

A good manager is empathetic to people and demonstrates this routinely.

If empathy is not a trait in a candidate for management, pair them with a leader who can mentor them on how to manage people before promoting them.

Can Employees do What They do Best Everyday?

Having employees perform tasks they are not well-suited for often results in waste.

Teach your managers to build strengths and tap into other resources when skills are needed that may not be readily available in the current staff. Encourage your managers to listen when an employee expresses concern regarding their ability to perform a task.

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  • Making time for an individual says you give a damn about them as a person.
  • The 1:1 is the only forum where you can have an honest, private, conversation with each other about what’s really going on.
  • This is a routine opportunity for you, as a manager, to assess the parts (your employees) that lead to the productive whole (your team).
  • Constructive 1:1s throughout the year makes performance reviews a breeze. With routine 1:1s, review time can be more about goals and the year ahead instead of constructive feedback from the past.

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Three trends challenge the traditional definitions of the manager role:

  1. The normalisation of remote work. Managers start to shift their focus more on the outputs of employees and less on the processes used to produce them.
  2. Acceleration in the use of new technology to manage employees is replacing the tasks historically done by managers, such as allocating work and nudging productivity.
  3. Employees' changing expectations. Knowledge workers expect their managers to be part of their support system to help them improve their life experience, not just their employee experience.
Give Them Your Respect

Don’t assume a defensive position towards your employees or extrapolate that they’re going to be jealous, disrespectful, and bitter toward you. 

Let go of your assumptions, check your ego at the door, and convey how much you respect and value your employees so they will be more accepting of you. Remember, it’s only combining skills that you can move the company forward. 

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