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Following on from the last edition of The Organised Times where we spoke
about developing the people in your business, this week we're focussing on the
importance of the continual development of your managers.
Leadership comes from the top down. Poor management skills is the cause of
most employee dissatisfaction and results in their poor performance.
The following article by Nathan Chanesman from My Profile is worthwhile
Poor management skills lead to poor employee performance It's disheartening
to read that poor management skills is the cause of most business
dissatisfaction. You'd think that with all the training and investment that has
gone into this topic that we'd learnt by now to get it right.
Employees have lost trust in the companies they work for Kelly Services
Survey published in October last year indicated that 47% of Australian employees
believe "that companies do not have their best interests at heart".
Dissatisfaction seems to be the order of the day. 50% of Australia's
workforce want to quit it's job and nearly 40% reported that they often "woke up
in the morning not willing to face the day".
SEEK, the online job board survey of October 2003 reported that 75% of
employees questioned are not happy with their current job.
Asked what they liked most about their job 51% said "the people I work with".
And what did they hate most? 60% said "the quality of management". Not
surprising, dissatisfaction with management increased as people got older.
Get Profiled Visit www.myprofile.com.au They'll help you find the right
person for the job, and help you understand yourself and your employees and how
you can work together as a cohesive team to achieve your business vision and
360 degree Pirihi Productivity Profile Discover how effective a leader you
believe yourself to be and receive feedback from your people stating how they
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Ask for direct feedback from your people. This can work however it may also
be very confronting and you may not get the real truth. Often people will not
voice how they really feel for fear of repercussions or because they know that
whatever they say will fall on deaf ears!
Get coached A good coach will help you enhance your skills to be the best you
can be. Ensure whoever you use is external to the business. We can also help you
in that area. Just send us an email email@example.com for more
Take a look around you. Are your people happy? Do they enjoy coming to work?
When you speak to them are they generally positive or negative in their
responses? Is there a high turnover of staff or is your team stable? Consider
the absenteeism rate. Are your people often away from work? These are a few
questions to ask yourself.
Encourage regular feedback from your people. Ask them individually and as a
group what they think & how can you be a better manager? What can be improved?
What do they like about their work, the people, the industry, the management
You can also choose to do nothing, which is not a good option. Don't wait
until a crisis occurs.
A business owner I know said everything was fine. He said his staff were
happy although he never did anything to pro-actively ensure they were. His
perception was that he believed all was well because no-one complained. He only
acted if a problem was brought to his attention. One week, three of his key
people resigned. They had enough of the owner's poor leadership skills. The loss
of those people nearly brought the business down.
So stay on top of things, be proactive, ask questions and take nothing for
The success of any business is a reflection of its leadership. Lead from the
About the Author
About the author: Lorraine Pirihi, principal of The Office Organiser is
Australia's Personal Productivity Specialist. She is also a Business and Life
Take action today! Contact Lorraine to discuss how she can help you on (613)
9532 5497 or email
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-04-22 19:32:33 in Employee Articles