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Encouraging Employee Engagement

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Involvement of the employees is the alignment of the employees of an organization with general objectives of the society and the objectives.  The employees that pledge themselves for and pledged with the work of the organization of to supply decisive competitive advantages – among which the enhancement of the productivity and low friction.

Here is how you can engage your employees:

Respect is the first step when inculcating a culture of employee engagement within an organization. Respect of employees by acknowledging them; make it a point to be nice, listen they have to say, during dialogue make a direct eye contact and be polite and courteous. ‘Please’ and ‘thank you’ are powerful words, use them.

Appreciate your employees; this will encourage them to perform better. Remember these simple rules of appreciation: do not delay your appreciation, the sooner praise is given the greater its impact; be specific when you praise someone, so the employee understands what it is that s/he is being appreciated for and laud good work publicly, it makes employees feel good and encourages them to do even better.

Provide feedback that is specific and constructive, as well as performance pointers and corrective guidance.

Communicate with employees and keep them fully informed about the company, the business and especially their work and job security. Engaged employees should feel and be aware of all that is happening around them; this affects their work.

Engage by Wandering Around (EBWA) is the new management style. It literally means managers should stroll around the office, communicate with employees, ask questions and listen to them. Showing genuine interest in people makes them feel valued and raises their self-esteem; it also increases their productivity and work satisfaction.

Entourage creativity; when someone comes to you with and idea, encourage them to apply it on a small level, no matter what you might think initially. Encouraging creativity at work and making employees a part of improvements gives them a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.


Ways to Strengthen your People Management Skills

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If you think that only a company’s CEO should have good people management skills then you need to think again because you might be wrong. It does not matter who you are and what you do, people management skills are essential for almost everyone. You can make your life quite easy if you have good management skills. People paying attention to whatever you say is indeed a great thing and strong management skills can make it happen for you without much of an effort.

Now, gaining strong people management skills is not a big deal even if you do not have any at the present moment. All you need to do is get familiar with a few psychologies related to people management and then you can apply them in your daily life. One thing that you should always keep in mind while managing people is that you will have to understand them first so you will require a lot of patience as well. Let us take a look at a few tips which Read the rest of this entry »

10 Effective Ways to Manage Your Project

If you have been appointed as a project manager, you might be going through mixed feelings. At one place you must be happy that your company has appreciated your hard work and effort. But, you must be thinking to manage the project successfully. Handling responsibilities is not a very easy thing to do but it is not something impossible. As a project manager, you need to keep a few things in your mind and you will be all good to reach new heights of success. Following are a few effective ways to manage your project:

1. Objective of the Project:
It is very important to be clear about the objectives of the project. As a project manager, you would be handling a team of people so it is essential for you to know the most important thing related to the project i.e., scope of the project. Since you are responsible for everything related to the project, before starting off, if there are any confusions, get them cleared from your boss so that you know exactly what should be accomplished from the project.

2. Required Resources:
A project obviously requires a number of resources. You do not have to take care of the availability of those resources but you need to be precise of what are the requirements of your project. It is your duty to determine the amount of people, time and money required to finish the project successfully.

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Team Building

In Tuckman’s theory there are four stages to build the team:  forming, storming, norming and performing.

Forming: When teams first get together, members are generally cautious and uncertain about many things. People explore, dabble, try something. During the forming period everyone tries their best to look ahead and think about all the things that need to be done.

Storming: Inevitably the process begins to heat up under the pressures of work and conflicting perspectives. People jockey for influence. Patient and impatient people clash. Trust is tested, and confusions around goals and roles begin to surface. If there are heavy deadlines, this stage can be quite tense.

Norming: As people get to know each other, they reconcile and agree on things like decision-making processes, resources, timing, quality standards. A “norm” is something everyone understands. Norms are the formal and informal rules that make up the operating system of productive work.

Performing: The final stage of team development involve using all the experience and understanding with each other to get results for each other and the organization.

Team Work

Don’t you think we need to do this type of team work to accomplish our tasks in offices as well as in our personal life.

Team Work

Team Work

V-Formation is another example of the Better Team Work.

Together everything Achieves More - Team Work

5 Lessons in the Above Picture

  1. Working as a TEAM
    Sharing the same direction and working as a tam gets them to the destination quicker and easier.
  2. Staying in Tune
    By staying in tune and remaining united beside those who are going in the same direction, the effort will be less. It will be easier and pleasing to reach the goals.
  3. Share the Responsibilities
    To share the Leadership, there must be mutual respect between us all the time.Sharing the hardest problems and tasks, gathering our abilities, combining our faculties, talents and resources.
  4. With courage and encouragement progress will be greater
    When there is courage and encouragement, the progress is greater. A timely word of encouragement, always motivates, helps and strengthens, it produces the best of benefits.
  5. Stay Together
    Let’s stay beside each other no matter what the differences, especially, in times of difficulty and great challenges.

Project Management

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Project managers must focus on three dimensions of project success, time within the budget at a level of quality.
Top management for project must actively set priorities. Project sponsors and stakeholders must be active participants, not passive customers. 

Project managers should acquire the best people they can and then do whatever it takes to keep the garbage out of their way.

Project managers must fight for time to do the things right.

Planning is everything.

Project manager responsibility must be matched by equivalent authority.  They must feel and transmit to their team members, a sense of urgency. Successful projects should be time-tested.

All project should be deliverable and all project activities must be visualized and communicated in vivid detail. Deliverable projects must be evolved gradually, in successive approximations. Projects require clear approvals and sign-off by sponsors.

Project success should be correlated with thorough analyses of the need for project deliverables.

Team Work

Wikipedia says: Teamwork is the concept of people working together cooperatively, as in a sports team.

Teamwork always play a most important role in the success of any project. But sometime this team work create a problem which is not easily to resolve. See the image

Team Work