If You Want to Retain Top Talent, Have Open Communication

Being an effective leader isn’t only about being a strong role model. A great leader is able to create a positive environment that enables open communication amongst colleagues and their managers. This article from Forbes highlights a Salesforce.com study that “86% of executives blame workplace failures on a lack of collaboration and poor communication.” Encouraging a progressive working relationship benefits both the individual and the company, and can make a big difference in the company’s morale. Maintaining a balance between your own work and being a leader can be challenging, but keeping these 8 attributes in mind will reinforce strong and empowering communication in your environment. I

Encouraging Team Member Participation

Meetings can often get one-sided, fast. Maybe there’s always that one super talkative person, or the overzealous leader who doesn’t let anyone else get a word in. Maybe there’s one or two people who never talk, even though they have great ideas one on one. Erika Andersen, author of Leading So People Will Follow states in this Forbes article that “Managers very often act in ways that make it difficult for people to talk in meetings.” It can be difficult to achieve a balance in a meeting, where each member is actively participating and contributing ideas, but by urging the shy ones to speak up, and giving them the chance rather than ignoring them, creates a much more productive environment and

Help Develop Employees or Lose Them

A large factor in any company’s turnover rate stems from stagnancy amongst employees and a certain level of restlessness and quite honestly, boredom. While it is important for employees to exercise autonomy and realize their own potential, it is part of the manager’s responsibility to provide opportunities for employees to grow. This article from Harvard Business Review states it clearly, If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material. Establishing goals and setting milestones for an employee’s success will keep employees on track and driven. “Plan goals together and describe them briefly and clearly. Show people what good performance looks like,” states Ken Blanchard a

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