By nature, people want to work for more than just a paycheck, they want to know that what they do matters, and answering that question is one of the most critical functions of a leader. When the question goes unanswered, even the best employees disengage.
Open communication or an “open-door” policy is critical to putting these three steps into effect. One of the first things an organization loses in a fearful environment is vital and open feedback and communication at every level.
In preparation for my next tweetchat on “facing challenges,” I thought an article on fear in the workplace would be worth reading. Read the article and then join the discussion using #challengeschat on 12/12/12 at 12PM ET or go directly to this site for easiest viewing: tweetchat.com.
As a leader, it is important to remember that everyone communicates differently – so provide a variety of methods for your people communicate with you such as open office hours, email check-ins or monthly teleconferences. This way you won’t miss out on the valuable insights from your employees.