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How to Fix Bad Management that is Destroying your Employees Morale

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I have recently had the opportunity to interview many prospective sales people as candidates for entry level sales positions which has brought in candidates from many different industries and professions. I shockingly discovered through my process of interviewing that many of the applicants experienced bad management /employee relationships in their past jobs that resulted in resentful attitudes or quitting. In any case it seems that there are a lot of supervisors or managers that are not properly trained to manage other people leads to unsatisfactory production and low profit margins. team buils pymaid Sometimes companies have are forced to hire inexperienced management personnel or they do not have the time or resources to properly train them. So how do companies remedy a bad management situation? Well it obviously starts with reassessing and retraining of management and supervisory roles. Most times it is better to get an opinion and a fix from an unbiased outsource, this has two benefits in that the outside source can provide the unbiased judgment and it takes the burden off you and/or your company being perceived as the bad guy.

In addition to my role as a sales consultant I have been practicing leadership and team building training for several years. Team building exercises are a way of realigning, restoring team values and re-establishing effective communication channels not only between management and the teams but between teams (co-workers) as well. For Example I had the opportunity to facilitate a “Cultivating team a Atmosphereprogram for one the veterans associations management teams. They seemed to have interdepartmental issues – dissention, total communication breakdown with different management styles ECT. They were looking to quickly repair a breakdown and dysfunctional situation immediately.  As the participants came in the workshop room to choose their seating you could see the division among the personnel. “The Cultivating a Team Atmosphere workshop is a one day team building workshop with exercises and teachings to help overcome any obstacles that are inhibiting a productive and harmonious workplace.  The  participants were lead through various exercises that uncovered and resolved some very long standing issues. After the first break, one of the top managers who sat in on the leadership workshop took me aside and said that she was pleased that we had made some breakthroughs in a short period of time. It usually does not take more than a half a day to start uncovering and resolving communication issues and collaboration problems that can be easily remedied. Once you have people together and take them through a few exercises they realize and then are open to discuss their errors and problems at hand and be able to resolve them in a focused and non- threatening environment.

How to Develop an Inclusive Team Culture

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As the workplace grows and continues to evolve into a more global structure with specific employee roles, creating an inclusive team environment and developing team culture is the need of the hour. Though top and middle management constantly develop several policies to encourage inclusion, they are generally useless without real effort.

One of the key aspects of a successful inclusion policy is to actually make sure that you implement it. Apart from providing equal opportunities for growth, employees must be given the necessary amount of freedom to embrace their true identities, personalities and should be appreciated for their contribution. It is highly counter-productive to group employees into certain sections rather than treat them as individuals with unique strengths.

Why Inclusion is Necessary for Team Environment

Not only is it valuable to have an inclusive work structure, it is also required by law to provide equal treatment to all employees.

There are several issues that tend to crop up when dealing with a diverse group of employees. Ask questions such as how much are the employees engaged in decision making or does your company even encourage employees to participate in decision making? Is every single employee given similar benefits or do only some of them have access to it?

Not paying attention to such details can result in employees feeling left-out and demotivated. This can result in severely negative consequences for your company in the long run.

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How to create an environment of inclusion for a positive team culture

There are several ways to implement an inclusive team culture in the work place. To start off, develop a specific set of objectives that encompass the principles of an inclusive workplace. For this, you could collect input from the entire hierarchy of employees to gain a wider perspective.

Communication is the key to understanding your employees better. Ensure that there are systems in place to help your employees communicate better. Timely feedback to their suggestions and ideas is a must and so, it must be prioritized.

Even in terms of infrastructure, make sure that none of your employees feels singled out. For instance, providing accessible features for older or disabled employees is a good way to boost their morale.

No policy is effective unless employees themselves are involved in carrying out the objectives. Engage with your employees and discuss the importance of an inclusive work culture. Ask them to take individual steps that would help propagate such a system.

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Advantages of inclusion in the work place

There are innumerable advantages to creating an inclusive structure in the work environment. One of the most basic benefits is that, employees tend to contribute more if they feel like they are part of the team.

It allows employees from diverse backgrounds to see from each others’ perspective ultimately resulting in more productivity. It also minimizes dispute and provides a platform for proper conflict resolution. In fact, it can even help you weed out highly uncooperative employees who only serve as a hindrance to the overall progress of your business.

If you need advice on strategies for building an inclusive environment at your office, then get in touch with us. At Leaders Speakers, we provide programs that are designed to give you the exact results that you are hunting for.