IS ANYONE THERE?
Have you ever felt no one at work was listening to you? More importantly, no one at a leadership level? I have had friends tell me the have submitted a resignation to HR, copied their boss, and heard nothing in return.
Why is this? I struggle with this issue as I have been on both sides of this desk. As a manager I had to put in place triggers and reminders to check in with employees (meetings, catch ups, etc.). This is all the more complex as more of my team moves into remote working scenarios. It is scary how much time can go by and I realize I have not really talked to one of my team members. It is not intentional, it really is hours getting away from you buried in meetings and emails.
On the flip side, as an employee with an “absentee” leader the emotional impact can be staggering. Am I not worth checkin with? Do I add no value to this organization? Is nothing that I’m doing of interest to anyone (then why the heck am I doing it)? The self-questioning can be endless.
Work needs to happen on both ends of this spectrum. Is your boss not paying attention to you and what you contribute? Get on their calendar - preferably lunch or coffee. Why? Lunch or coffee is casual, your boss has to eat at some point, and the time period can be flexible (not a default hour meeting with a strict agenda).
Are you losing touch with your team? Examine your calendar and determine where a stand up meeting (15 minutes), status update (30 minutes) or individual catch ups can be worked in, scheduled and respected. Also consider lunch or coffee. Do you mostly bring your lunch? Encourage your team member to do the same and huddle in a conference room to talk. The point is connection, not impressive restaurants.
Losing engagement with employees is a key way to begin losing employees. No town hall meeting or all hands session is going to replace the one-on-one connection point between manager and employee. We all know how long it takes to recruit someone new, get them trained and have them working at optimum levels. Sounds like a 15 minute weekly coffee chat is well worth the time invested.
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