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February: Workplace Issues Today
What's your workplace challenge?
From communicating difficult news to your staff, to juggling the needs of a multigenerational workforce, to keeping your staff motivated in the midst of uncertainty, workplace issues today are as numerous as they are varied and challenging.
In this supervisor’s issue of Your Source, we’ll take a look at some of the top challenges in the workplace and ways to manage them effectively.
Need a guaranteed team motivator? Show you care.
Being a caring manager doesn’t mean being a best buddy or confidant to your team members. It means taking the time to learn something about them, besides just the work they do. It’s knowing a little of their life story, their hopes and preferences. So, are you a caring manager? Do you:
- show interest in your team members’ work and home life?
- give your complete attention to people when listening to their concerns?
- always try to understand what your team members are up against?
- take note when someone is putting in extra effort?
- know at least one aspiration or goal of each team member?
- talk regularly with your team about the challenges of work?
Showing you care about your team will lead to a more positive and productive work environment. Take the time to know your team members and you’ll be better able to support them and be a partner in their success.
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Water cooler whispers
The following are common job complaints made by workers. Suggestions on how management might address them are listed below.
- I’m stressed because I can’t do my job with the time and resources I’m given.
- I try to tell my concerns to my supervisor, but he/she won’t take the time to listen to me.
- My supervisor won’t do anything about a co-worker who’s causing problems.
- My supervisor doesn’t apply policies equally to everyone on his/her team.
- My supervisor hovers over me.
- My supervisor hides in his/her office.
Supervisor tips to try:
- Work with your team members to develop best practices so they can effectively handle large and/or rush projects without getting stressed.
- Even if you don’t have a solution, listening communicates respect to your team member.
- Nobody likes conflict, but addressing the issue quickly not only settles the situation, but also sends a message to your team that you care about having a positive work environment.
- Few things create resentment as quickly as giving preferential treatment to some members of your team. Treat all of your staff equally and take time to express respect and appreciation to each team member.
- Trust your team members to work on their own, but check their work occasionally and address problems when they come up. Let employees “own” their work, and don’t be overly critical of mistakes. Learning from mistakes can help them do a better job next time.
- If your organization offers workplace support services, give them a call for guidance on how to how to handle a workplace issue.