A recent workplace poll conducted by the Business Journal shows that nearly 40% of employees are worried/fearful.
Not really, because the media continues to focus on news that’s negative. What’s the solution? While it’s impossible to guarantee there won’t be any layoffs, it’s imperative that managers and leaders in organizations lend a sense of security through their own confidence.
How can that be done? One simple solution for managers (and leaders) is to get out of the office and talk with staff. Even if you don’t know all the answers, at least engage people in conversation. Talk with them and ask questions. Find out how they are doing and ask them how you can help make their work easier. Ask and then LISTEN.
Some managers are afraid they won’t have all the answers. Here’s a hint: NO ONE has all the answers.
So, get up right now, get out of your office and start talking with your people. Unless you are the type of manager who scares everyone by your mere presence, everyone will be better off.
If you are the type of manager everyone wants to avoid, well that’s a whole other story.