Complain to a colleague about an employee and they might tell you to just get rid of the person. You’re less likely to hear that you might get better performance by your staff if you give them more coaching, recognition or opportunities.
In traditional ‘command and control’ management, the assumption was that a staff member should do as they’re told and just get on with the job. If they couldn’t do that, they should be moved on.
The workplace has changed but remnants of this thinking remain.
With a more highly educated, skilled and mobile workforce, old styles of management are no longer viable, no matter how much we might believe life was simpler back then.
Using fear to motivate staff is not sustainable.
Those who continue to apply this model are short-changing their business and their staff. Here’s why:
What can you do to increase employee engagement, motivation and retention?
Your friends might not tell you, but we will! Or you could ask your staff…
*Towers Watson 2012, ^AON Hewitt 2010
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