In today’s high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, communication is more important then ever, yet we seem to devote less and less time to really listening to one another. Genuine listening has become a rare gift—the gift of time. It helps build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve accuracy. At work, effective listening means fewer errors and less wasted time. At home, it helps develop resourceful, self-reliant kids who can solve their own problems. Listening builds friendships and careers. It saves money and marriages.
Without feedback, you'll never know what you're doing right--and wrong. Many years ago, when I was a new manager, I received a shocking review. It wasn't positive. My team told me (via my boss) that I was a micromanager.
All of us want to feel valued for the contributions we make to the success of our business. Sometimes a simple "thank you" is all it takes. Some great examples of how companies use recognition as an effective tool for motivating employees are highlighted here, as well as the need for a shift in our mindset.
Google has mini-putt and free meals, but what are some more realistic ways your organization can improve culture and engagement, without busting the budget? (Employee engagement should be a priority when it comes to recruitment and retention!