Communication Tip for Winning Teams

Check In Weekly Face to Face

team communication is the key to successIf you have employees or co-workers, one of the most important things you can do to keep your team communication on track is to check in weekly.  Take a half-hour in an non-threatening, informal setting and sit down over coffee and chat.  Ask how they think things are going, ask them if they have any questions, issues or concerns.  Share your issues and concerns. Clear the air over any misunderstandings or communication breakdowns.

Let them know you value them and that they are important to you.  Praise them for work well done and coach them on areas for improvement. People are so hungry for positive feedback.

This will go a long way towards strengthening your working relationship and keeping a positive tone at work.

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Fire Up Your People By Including Them

Appreciate Your Employees & Give Them Feedback

In a study conducted by USA Today a few years back, the top three things that employees want are: interesting work, appreciation and being “in” on things. The U.S. Dept. of Labor said  46% of all people who quit do so because they felt they are not appreciated for the work they do.  And James Howard discovered that when asked what their boss or supervisor says when they finish a task or project, 92% said their supervisor said nothing!  88% of Americans say they are never thanked for their work.

What all this data means is that employees are HUNGRY for positive feedback.  And so are we as human beings.  We have a tendency to be very hard on ourselves and judge ourselves severely.

Daniel Pink, the author of Drive, says humans are motivated by autonomy, mastery and purpose.

Sometimes, the greatest  thing you can do in a given day is give your employees or co-workers a few minutes of sincere, specific praise. Try something as simple as “Thanks for the good work on that project” or “I really appreciated your comments in the meeting today-they were valuable.” All too many employers save up their kind words for bonus time, instead of sharing them throughout the year.  Connect their work to the greater purpose they have, give them greater control over what they do, and help them become better at it.

Employees hate to be ignored, to be left out, and to feel unappreciated.  Be sure you take excellent care of your people, or you may lose them.


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FIre Up Performance with Praise

Management Tip: Catch People in Act of Doing it Right 

At a recent networking function, I hugged a business associate and praised her for her recent accomplishments.  She said “I wish they treated me this way at work.” 

Cheering womenHow sad that so many workplaces don’t emphasize praise, but rather just numbers and performance.  While sales are more important than ever, the people making the sales are often overlooked.

To motivate your people, you MUST praise them, find out what is important to them and reward them.  A handwritten card can go a long way.  Catch people in the act of doing something right and specifically praise them for a job well done.  Go on an active search for success in your people. 

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