Archive for January, 2011

BluePrint tip: Tough decisions made simpler

January 27, 2011

All of us have to make decisions every day. Some of these are relatively straight forward and simple, whereas others are more difficult requiring a logical and systematic decision making process to help us address the critical elements that result in a good decision.

To make an effective decision you need to: create a constructive environment, generate good alternatives, explore these alternatives, choose the best alternative, check your decisions, communicate this and take action.

How to keep your employees happy in 2011

January 25, 2011

A recent survey of more than 3,000 leaders conducted by Leadership Management Australia and reported on by the HR Daily found that the number-one characteristic today’s employees value in a manager is trustworthiness.

Trustworthiness has moved from seventh position in 2009 to number one replacing clear communication of direction. This shows that employee expectations have changed significantly in the past year calling for all managers to review their leadership style.

The survey found the top ten characteristics of a good manager to be:

  1. Being trustworthy and open in approach
  2. Clearly communicating where the company is going
  3. Giving employees the “space” to do their work, but supporting them
  4. Listening to and respecting employees’ input into decisions
  5. Giving employees regular and honest feedback on how they are going
  6. Being fair and even-handed/making reasonable demands
  7. Providing the resources employees need to do their job
  8. Recognising employees for extra efforts/results;
  9. Coaching and developing employees
  10. Trusting employees with challenging work.

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BluePrint tip: Foster a team spirit in the workplace

January 13, 2011

A basic human need is to feel like they belong to something bigger than themselves, and for many people that need is met by being part of a supportive team environment.

As a manager it is important to create unity among employees, to make people feel valued and that they belong.

By creating this team environment employees will see themselves as a group of people all working for a common goal rather than a bunch of individuals competing against each other.

The importance of workplace training in 2011

January 11, 2011

The New Year is suddenly here and with that comes a long list of New Year’s resolutions. But this list shouldn’t revolve entirely around losing the silly season fuelled kilos or quitting smoking, instead why not think about improving the skills of your employees or those of your own to help keep your company competitive and help create a skilled workforce that can easily adapt to change.

By training workers in areas such as change management, leadership skills, management skills, mentoring skills, presentation skills and team building skills you will equip employees with a modern skill set.

Inside Indiana Business have provided a list outlining the importance of workplace training and what employers will gain from this including:

• Operational effectiveness and efficiency

• Increased job satisfaction

• More attractive workplace

• Transfer of organisational knowledge

• Better managers

• Reduced compliance risk

Find out about BluePrint training programs