Connect People in Your Organization
More than ever, employees seek respect and recognition. Forget about outdated and bureaucratic methods – employees want safe workplaces where they know they can try new things and say what they think. Here are some tips for managers to put people first and create an open work environment.
Embrace New Management Styles
One major corporate trend is the transition from a traditional, vertical organizational structure toward a more horizontal structure.
A flat organizational structure (horizontal) is where there are fewer levels of middle management between executives and all employees. As a result, leaders are closer to their employees, engagement improves, and productivity increases.
It’s time to give your employees the responsibility and autonomy to do their job. Information is made to be shared. To engage your employees, management should communicate regularly about the organization and the role each employee plays.
Your management should strive to be visionary, democratic and participative.
Respect and Recognition
More than ever, employees seek respect and recognition.
Forget the old ways of bureaucratic management with threats and intimidation – practices that actually inhibit productivity. Employees want safe workplaces, where they know they can try new things and give honest feedback.
In order to create an open environment, managers need to put people first. Before expecting respect, start by respecting your employees’ opinions and way of working. Prioritize one-on-one meetings or check-ins and ensure you’re providing a space for your employees to communicate openly and honestly.
Leaders should organize time to interact with teams and share regular updates about the company – consistency is key to truly connecting with employees. Organize a structured cadence for touchpoints, which can include stand-ups, weekly team meetings, reporting, or one-on-ones.
Finally, recognition should become a way of life. Do not hesitate to say thank you verbally or in writing, and to celebrate team successes publicly, as often as possible.
You can leverage an internal communication platform to set up spaces for employee recognition like a “Kudos Corner” or “Love Wall,” or to just simply post “Thank You” notes.
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