Employees are typically at the top of the list for contributing to management discomfort. Why can’t my employee make decisions faster? Why do they talk too much? Why do they need so much feedback?
Getting to know your employees takes time, but it might be one of your smartest investments. What do we mean when we say get to know your employees? Find out who they really are. What makes them tick? What motivates them? What is their why?
Here are some steps for management relief:
- Who are you? If you haven’t reviewed your assessment report in a while, it’s time for a refresher. Self-awareness is essential. Awareness of your strengths and weaknesses provides a how-to manual on yourself. You might think you know yourself pretty well, and if so, that’s great. However, do you know who you are in relation to the national working population?
- Who are your team players? Learning who your employees are is critical for you and them. It’s not just important in the selection process, but also for day-to-day interactions as well. In order to have the best experience, we need to be prepared and equipped with our team so we can better handle the unexpected with our clients. Creating an environment of self-awareness, vulnerability and team fosters a synergy from which all can benefit.
- Who are you as a collective team? A team report speaks to your strengths as a team, as well as areas of potential weakness. Understanding who you are as a team is extremely beneficial to maximize your bench strength. Whether it be in preparation for creation of a new team, conflict management, team building or succession planning, there are many reasons to rely on a tool specific to your team.
Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together…is success. – Henry Ford
Emily Possidento, MBA, SHRM-SCP is the HR Consulting Senior Manager at MCM. She has more than 16 years of experience in hiring assistance, assessments, and organizational development. Prior to joining MCM, she worked for a Fortune 100 company, as well as a privately-held executive search firm.
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