Leadership Tag

Leveraging technology and setting guidelines for communication is part of the recipe for a successful working relationship with remote workers.   How do you manage team members that work remotely and you can't see every day? Traditionally organizations have managers that walk around can check on work, reach out and discuss matters which you can't do with flexible workers or remote workers. Leveraging techbology is one way that you can manage remote workers. It is also very important to set very clear guidelines and expectations; such as having set times that your remote workers can be reached. When you focus on the deliverables from your remote workers the need to "see" them isn't really needed any longer as long as those deliverables are of the same high quality that you would receive if they were working in the same office as you. One thing that successful organizations do is they still meet with their remote workers once or twice a year so that there is still some physical interaction and that piece doesn't completely go away. Using internal social networks, video conferencing, task management programs, setting specific guidelines and expectations with your remote workers is a must for successfully managing a remote or virtual team. When you leverage technology and set those guidelines and communicate, you have the recipe for a successful working relationship with your remote workers....

The path to becoming respected is simple. How do you get more respect? You earn it. At work, here are things you can do to earn more respect. Own your work. When you're given a task, do it on time or early. Don't let yourself get blocked. If you get blocked, use the time you are blocked productively for other tasks, and let someone know. If you're going to miss a deadline, let your boss know well before that deadline lapses. If you make a commitment, honor it. Be reliable. Admit what you know and don't know, rather than guessing. Do good quality work that doesn't need to be redone. Be someone your boss and team can count on. Be helpful. Dig in and help other people in a way that is useful to them. Don't seek credit for the work you help them with; it's their work and they own it. When there's a problem and they're looking for volunteers, volunteer if you have the capacity to do that thing, or volunteer conditionally explaining what would have to be delayed / shunted. Do a little more than your part. Be friendly and positive. If you have worries or negative feelings, keep them to yourself or share with your boss. Motivate people by showing you believe in what you're doing and in the project as a whole. Smile. Work hard. Don't get discouraged, or if you do, fight through it, working harder to fix things. You get respect by being a person who is reliable, honest, humble, helpful, works hard, and is part of the team....

How employees should engage their company? Here are some ways to share.   Mentor a peer or colleague--you'll end up feeling better about yourself. This study showed that if you help someone for 10 to 30 minutes per day, it leaves you feeling as if you havemore time, not less. Explore opportunities inside your company to learn something new: Join a cross-functional project, pick up another skill, lead or participate in a "lunch and learn." Set short- and long-term goals that you can get passionate about pursuing, and that give you purpose. These can be little pet projects you do on your own, or things that align with a strategy or vision. Work those goals into bite-size chunks to make them manageable. Reward your peers with digital recognition and praise. Use a social recognition toolto nominate a person for everyday contributions and going above and beyond. Then share the success story with the rest of the company. Reward your peers with digital recognition and praise. Use a social recognition toolto nominate a person for everyday contributions and going above and beyond. Then share the success story with the rest of the company. Make close connections at work; in other words, have a best friend there. Gallup found that workplace friendships yield more productive employees. ...

How the leaders should engage their employees? Here are some ways.   Make your employees feel like business partners, as if they're invested in the company. Give them ownership! They're likelier to perform at a higher level. Be transparent and communicate well in your boss-employee relationships. Let your staff get familiar with what's going on in other departments, and give them a chance to have input and suggest ideas. Don't be afraid to expose them to new responsibilities that will expand their knowledge. Treat them with respect and dignity and build relationships. Get to know them on a personal level, outside of work. Show them that you don't just view them as worker bees but as human beings. Don't just put a program together and leave the scene. Constantly ask your employees for feedback, what's working and what's not. If you want to maintain a culture of happiness, you have to keep your finger on the pulse.  ...

8 Tiny Habits That Will Make You Happier Everything around us is changing at warp speed, it seems--but some things will always remain the same. That's why habits are so powerful. Some of the smallest of our daily habits have the power to always give us happiness and help steer us toward success. Here are eight little habits that can make a big difference in your life and work: Early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy, and wise.Numerous studies have linked early rising with success. An early morning wake-up carries benefits that include better planning and anticipation of problems, and more time to exercise, pray or meditate, and do the things that make you happy. Happiness comes to those who are curious.There is no stage in life when we can't be learning something valuable. Be the most respectful person you know.Respect is both given and earned through the habit of having reverence for people--listening to them, acknowledging their feelings, and treating them with high regard. Forgiveness takes you one step closer to your happiness.Make a habit of not holding grudges. Achievement of integrity is the purpose of your life.Great men and women are not extraordinary superhumans, but ordinary people doing ordinary things with integrity. The groundwork of all happiness is health.How you take care of yourself will make an enormous difference in the quality of your life. Believe in yourself and all that you are.Nothing will ever make you happier than having confidence in yourself. A day well spent gets you a good night sleep.Get enough sleep! It makes you feel healthier and happier, and it goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing exhaustion. It doesn't take a huge effort to make a significant change in your life--just one or two tiny habits may be all you need. Get started today and you'll soon be experiencing the rewards....