Are you finding that employees are balking against more change in the workplace? Are you struggling to try and convince them that change is a necessary part of Organizational Growth ?
Many of the leaders I am working with are finding this a frustrating reality. Employees are putting up blockers to any newly suggested changes to schedules, product delivery, technological advances, and competitive strategies. Despite the fact that all of these changes are ones the owners and leaders emphasis NEED to happen. So what can you do to help your employees adjust and bring these changes to life? It starts with understanding why resistance happens and learning how to properly address it.
It seems simple right? Just Value your employees. Ensure they feel Inspired to work hard and contribute. Support their needs and take the time to Hear their concerns. Why then is it so hard to actually bring this to life in an organization? Why do so many employees report not feeling this way and link it to a KEY REASON why they quit?
During the development of my book Knowing Who You Lead- a business guide for leaders and teams I surveyed employees to learn more about what makes a great leader, why they leave organizations, and what they wish their leaders knew about them. It fundamentally came down to V.I.S.H.
What do you do when you meet someone and you don't know how to pronounce their name?
I will admit it. I wasn't the best at knowing what to do in the beginning. I have learned that language is DEFINITELY not one of my strong points. It doesn't see to come naturally to me. I can't, in looking at the name on my screen, seem to know how to even start breaking it down into parts. I have failed publicly in my efforts MANY times.(I have 100's of students that can attest to it and have witnessed my miserable efforts).
So often when I ask leaders about the most challenging part of their role.... the answer is managing employee performance. Many say they find it easier to manage people who are excited to come to work, always give a 150%, thrive to learn more, and are loyal to the company. The challenge often comes with employees who seemingly "don't want to work" , "seem to struggle", "don't get along with others", and are always causing "issues". In these cases, leaders and supervisors have to choose a more direct-coaching style of leadership, while remaining supportive and encouraging growth. The process can be exhausting and frustrating. However, there are some strategies you can implement to ensure you are holding people accountable AND encouraging change.
Do you know WHO your next leaders should be? Are you looking around and thinking "No one here has the skills and abilities to take over?"
This is the situation facing MANY Canadian businesses and organizations. Current managers, owners, and leaders are tired and wanting to prepare for retirement BUT they don't feel there is anyone ready to replace them. Here are six steps you can take to start effectively succession planning NOW!
As a business owner do you find yourself ready to pull your hair out? Frustrated with new employees you hire who seem to be lazy, uninspired, and less dedicated? Are you sick of people booking off sick for seemingly ridiculous reasons like... "my dog just had surgery" or leaving their jobs after only a year?
Let's examine just what is happening with our new workforce:
The Canadian unemployment rate has again dropped to new record low of 4.9% as fewer and fewer people are looking for work. All industries are feeling the impact, but some of the hardest hit are in service industries, construction & trades, and health and dental industries. So what can employers do to try and attract new candidates?
Carrie-Lynn Hotson is the author of Knowing Who You Lead, has created a series of blog posts to generate discussion, insight and inspire transformational leadership growth.