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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.

The Importance of work Ownership in Team Building

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The Importance of Work Ownership for Team Development

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Accountability and ownership are something every company wants from its employees. It is even more important if you consider that companies usually deal with team oriented work. Getting every employee in the team on the same page is a difficult task but ultimately, essential considering the long term functioning of the company.
Task ownership and accountability isn’t something employees are pre-programmed with. A lot of it depends on the work environment you create for them. They must be provided with the necessary guidance and tools in order to establish this system. They must understand how their decisions and actions affect the overall functioning of the team as well as the entire organization.

Steps to develop work ownership in teams

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  1. Planning: One of the first steps to achieve task ownership is to plan out your team’s goals. You must chart out clear objectives and strategies with your team’s involvement. Each team member must be asked to share their individual objectives and strategies with the rest of the team. Then as a leader, engage with each individual team member to understand how they are progressing. Ensure that they all have the entire team’s interests at heart. The focus must be on team success rather than individual glory.
  2. Clear delegation of responsibility: Delegating responsibility is not just about handing out individual tasks or assignments. It is very common for employees to be unsure about their decision making powers and level of responsibility. It is up to you as the leader to communicate effectively about how much decision making power each team member has and how much responsibility each member carries for completing tasks.
  3. Freedom: Give your employees freedom to develop solutions on their own. Constant monitoring will only interfere with their confidence, skill development and overall sense of ownership. Support your team with whatever tools, resources and assistance they might require.
  4. Well Defined Roles: Each member of the team must be given a clear role to play. Ambiguity interferes with effective team work. It is better to eliminate all forms of confusion on the duties of individual team members.
  5. Punishment: Focus should never lie on punishing an employee. This is counter-productive as it hinders with the confidence level of an employee. An employee will be forced to work in an environment of fear, which can only result in sub-standard work quality. Employees must be made to feel safe about speaking up and taking risks.
  6. Feedback: In an ideal work environment, employees expect to receive timely feedback on their work. Feedback encourages them to work better and improve their efforts. As a team leader, your task is to provide feedback whenever needed. This way, your team is constantly reminded on what to do and how to do it. Positive feedback also helps them stay motivated.

A good team building workshop or team building activity can help you develop your management skills with various Leadership Training Programs. Corporate team building workshops  are a good consideration to help realign your personnel. There are many motivational companies that specialize in corporate team building, but be sure to choose one that will leave a lasting impression on our personnel. You will get the most out of companies that combine that offer team building seminars and workshops that combine fun physical team building exercises and offer a learning component that participants will recognize during and after the event is long over.