Employees often complain that their boss is difficult to deal with. According to recent reports, the primary reason for lack of job retention is not the workers’ dissatisfaction with their work environment, office politics, or even low pay. It is because of a boss who has not taken advantage of management training that zeros in on effective leadership through positive workplace reinforcement.
Leadership Management Styles
Ultimately, the boss is given the final say as to who is hired, who is reprimanded, and who is fired. Management styles vary; some managers believe disciplinary action and micro-managing is the best way to increase employee productivity, while others take more of a hands-off approach. Yet other bosses place a higher priority on team interaction to motivate subordinates.
Employee management is ultimately a psychological battle over the minds of each worker. The key is learning effective management techniques that will not only make the worker happier, more motivated, and more productive, but will at the same time look good for both the boss and his or her team.
Secrets to Highly Effective Leadership
While leadership styles vary, there is one highly effective method for improving management: positive reinforcement.
Positive reinforcement means taking the time to get to know each employee and his or her working habits. It means learning about their work styles and building them up, not handing them ad-hoc disciplinary warnings telling them to shape up or ship out. It means a more gentle, yet highly effective way to motivate employees and increase retention. And it is far more important than team-building alone.
Hand employees a skills assessment for them to complete and return. Read over the responses of employees and determine their skills, what motivates them, and how you can help them become happier and thus more productive. Meet with subordinates to discuss the results of the skills assessment and ask, as the manager, how to help them meet their job goals and make their projects run more efficiently. Make the focus on helping workers achieve their objectives. Stress that the boss is here to build them up in the areas of communication, organization, prioritization, and team leadership.
The manager is likewise a team-builder who uses fun corporate games and team exercises to aid in communication, brainstorming, and working together. For example, dividing the team into two competing groups and seeing which group can come up with the most unique and useful invention.
Using the positive reinforcement model of leadership management, everybody wins. The boss gains points with his or her bosses. Subordinates get praises and recognition from management. Retention is increased and employees are happy, motivated, and productive. All it takes is a reassessment of management style and a willingness to improve leadership skills toward this worthy goal.
- Gavin has 15 years experience as a HR Manager and Leader within large and growing companies. During this time Gavin has seen thousands of resumes and conducted just as many interviews. Gavin has turned his knowledge and passion in this space into a full time profession and launched Jobs in Bradford his career advisory and consulting website.
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