• Plan end-of-the-day gatherings to wind down and talk.
• Allow for more personal or ;ex time.
• Provide time for teams to volunteer together.
• Schedule group events such as a company picnic, potluck, bowling, you name it.
6. CREATE HONEST CONVERSATIONS
Most people are dishonest at work because they fear what
might happen if they express opinions. Others are dishonest
because they worry about the political rami;cations from
Leaders can foster positive dialogue by encouraging
honest communication. Highly engaged employees are more
productive and committed to the organizations in which they
work. They feel valued, and they know their ideas are heard.
Last week I heard an employee talk about her frustrations at work. Her repeated attempts to get her supervisor to
understand why a new policy was creating problems fell on
“I just want this place to be better,” she said. “I don’t
want to complain. I’m trying to help the organization, but
if I push this, I’ll get labeled as being a complainer.” When
employees worry what others will think if they try to improve
the organization, innovation dies.
“Management by walking around” (MBWA) was revolutionary a few decades ago, and the need for people to see and
hear their managers remains important. Walk around often to
see how people are doing, communicating and working. Do
16 percent to 213 percent
of an employee’s salary.