You've probably heard that employees don't leave companies. They leave managers. Read on for the signs your managers are failing to connect with their team members.
- Ann Clifford, President
Dos & Don'ts
Can companies reprimand or fire an employee for negative blogging about their boss?
(Answer provided at the end of the newsletter.)
5 Signs Your Managers Are Struggling
In today's economy, we all have to do more with less. Pressure to perform is intense, which occasionally heightens emotions and stress, especially among managers. Here are five distinct signs your managers may be failing:
- Poor interpersonal and communication skills.
- Insufficient leadership skills.
- Resistance to change.
- Inability to deliver expected results or hit deadlines.
- Failure to see outside their functional capacity.
It is critical to intervene quickly . . . before a manager begins to negativity impact the people they manage. The good news is that most of these issues are coachable.
Four Ways to Groom a Manager
Don't wait for a manager to struggle before providing guidance? Business owners or Senior Managers can provide coaching for less experienced managers with these four steps:
- Educate and train managers on DISC communication/behavior styles.
- Discover unique personal motivators for each manager.
- Clarify expected results and goals.
- Monitor progress frequently and support managers on key priorities.
|Safari Interview Tip
When interviewing management candidates, ask, "Describe the best manager you've ever had. What do you strive to emulate in that person?" The candidate's answer may provide insights about their management style.
|Answer to Today's Dos & Don'ts
"Can companies reprimand or fire an employee for negative blogging about their boss?
Yes, however best practices suggest having a blog or social media policy that clearly states what type of content is not appropriate. If a policy does not exist, terminating employees for inappropriate content could open the door to freedom of speech legal issues. Consult with your attorney to determine if a social media policy makes sense for your company.
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