Five Things Your Employees Really Want to Know (But Are Often Afraid to Ask)

It's something that we all experienced at some point in our careers — the uncertainty that comes from not knowing how our managers and superiors feel about our work. This sense of insecurity can afflict any employee, regardless of his or her tenure. It's common among recent hires who are still trying to fit in and get in sync with their new workplace, from the culture to their co-workers, and most importantly, their boss. Conversely, more tenured employees can feel this way because they may have gotten too settled in their day-to-day tasks and so get a sense that there is no more room for growth.


Is Your Training in Vain?

Providing effective training programs for your employees does more than increase knowledge and productivity. It demonstrates that you are invested in your workers and keeps them involved in your business and its future development. Whether you're setting up an instruction program for new or experienced employees, it should be clearly aligned with your company's objectives and have recognizable, long-term benefits. Here are ways to ensure that your training is relevant, valuable, and ultimately profitable.


Book Review

The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching: 50 Top Executive Coaches Reveal Their Secrets
by Howard Morgan, Phil Harkins, Marshall Goldsmith

Getting the most out of your employees means going beyond managing into the deeper realms of coaching. And what better way to learn effective tactics than directly from top executive coaches? Although The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching is targeted at executive coaches, it speaks to various aspects of leadership, from strategic leadership (at the macro level) to changing individual behavior (at the micro level). Managers seeking insightful guidance on how to maximize their coaching skills will learn from the personal observations as well as the practical tools included here.


Q. At my workplace, it's just expected that people will work while they are on vacation. People are always checking e-mail and calling the office, and it's almost like they aren't on vacation at all. I don't care what they do, but for myself, I need that time to recharge and not think about work. How can I let them know that when I'm out of the office, I'm OUT of the office?

A. This is becoming a lot more common. People are taking less and less vacation time, and when they do take vacation days, they work remotely anyway. If you're in an environment where that is just expected, then you might need to ask yourself whether that is the best environment for you. Cultures are different from company to company and even department to department. Culture-fit is hugely important, and it can impact your happiness within a job as well as your advancement opportunities.


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