Boost employee engagement by giving people a PAT on the back. How? By following NICE steps. Acknowledging contributions, praising good ideas, thanking others for being reliable make others feel good about themselves. While random acts of kindness and appreciating kindness in others reinforces a culture where people feel valued and unthreatened. Recent studies consistently show that the lack of recognition and thanks is often listed as a primary reason for employees’ leaving the business. Equally, they also show that the impact of receiving positive acknowledgement and appreciation lasts longer than the delight at receiving a pay rise. Praise is one...
What others think of us can become the focus of our thoughts in quiet moments, at big decision times, when stuff goes wrong and especially when performance review time comes around. As so often in our culture we work on the principle that the absence of negative feedback or criticism means we’re doing ok. We often shy away from asking ‘what do they think’. This can be because we’re not sure how to go about it or we’re embarrassed by asking or we think the other person will be embarrassed. You’re right, you could be embarrassed, they could be embarrassed....
Conflicting demands, inadequate assertiveness, entrenched habits – and the sometimes incomprehensible or erratic expectations of others, all put us under stress. From time to time we all find themselves saying ‘there are not enough hours in the week’ and this is particularly the case when key tasks and major deliverables and important diary dates (like holidays) clash. Prioritizing important task over urgent is often a cases of awareness. Managers who manage their time effectively almost exclusively prioritize tasks and areas of focus; they work on ‘over the horizion’ tasks most days, as well as on ‘urgent’ requests that present...
Flourish is a great word. When I think of people or things that are flourishing, there’s something shiny, growth-ful and brimming with potential and possibility.
Isn’t it time to take your hands out of your pocket and your head out of the sand so that you can finally have those conversations you’ve been meaning to for some time?