Last week Chris Hoffman published a popular article in the New York Times titled “How to Stop Slack From Taking Over Your Life”. He highlighted helpful tips for taking back control of your life like turning on Do Not Disturb notifications and muting irrelevant channels. Funny how a platform named Slack is one thing keeping many from slacking off. However, it's also a big reason people are burning out, but Involve can help you find solutions within Slack.
Sir Winston Churchill once said, “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” The approach of ignoring the popular opinion of the masses during war may work for a prime minister, but it won’t work in business. Running a company isn’t like fighting a war. In war, you can’t pack up your desk and leave if you are unsatisfied, overworked, and under-appreciated. However, losing employees at a high rate is a boss’s worst nightmare. Ruling with an iron fist and no regard for what your employees need won’t give them any reason to trust you or to respect you. In fact, one study shows the number 2 complaint from employees about their boss is that they don’t listen (number 1 was micromanaging if you’re curious). There is great value in actively listening, here are some reasons why:
Leadership effectively communicating with employees is not a simple feat. Things get lost in translation as they move down the ladder and what you meant to say may not be delivered in that way. Here are some common communication mistakes that leaders make that risk employee engagement and retention, and the simple solutions to these problems.
Employee NPS drives customer NPS and customer NPS drives company growth. So what is NPS? It stands for Net Promotor Score and it measures experience and loyalty. Basically, if you want to make money you have to keep your employees happy and loyal. Clear communication will outweigh any perks an office provides to its employees. If employees feel that management and leadership don’t effectively communicate with them and if they feel unfulfilled in their work, basketball tickets and raffles won’t stop them from seeking fulfillment somewhere else. This is why maintaining a feedback loop is crucial to running a good business. Here are some ideas to assure both leadership and employees are “in the loop”.
Another month gone by and another slate of updates to Involve, where we are always improving and listening to our users! June brings plenty of new features designed by our product team, with the mission to continuously improve our platform and drive alignment.
Lost productivity including absenteeism, illness, and other problems that result when employees are unhappy at work is costing the American economy $350 billion dollars a year, according to the Gallup Organization.
As work culture evolves and companies do more to keep their employees happy, employees in turn expect more from leadership and will not hesitate to leave if certain expectations are not being met. So save yourself the high cost of turnover and try to spot out any warning signs of an unhappy employee and nip them in the bud.
Great news! You asked and we listened! Here at Involve, we’re thrilled to roll-out the latest feature set to our platform! Adding on to last months updates, our product team has been working tirelessly to develop new modules and build tools to help improve your company's alignment goals.
Cascading goals is the process of setting and linking goals at different levels within a company. The intention is to ensure and maintain the alignment of a company’s objectives and employees’ goals and activities.
At the top, the CEO sets a company-wide goal, then assigns roles or tasks to lower leadership in order to accomplish these goals. As you can assume, these people assign smaller goals to the employees beneath them, and it goes on and on. Although the goals get smaller, they must stay linked to the ultimate, company-wide goal. Employees should always keep in mind what picture their piece of the puzzle is helping put together.
Internal communication is the lifeblood of your business. It doesn’t matter how well you set up processes and procedures, if your employees do not feel secure enough to communicate to fellow colleagues and management, work will not be efficient. Problems will not be addressed properly, innovation will be stagnant, and your customers will not be served well.