Executives and leaders are critically important in engaging and focusing their teams. The best leaders in organizations help lead their teams and colleagues out from under the cloud of a layoff and use the event to challenge the old ways of working and thinking.
Here is what we’ve seen leaders do amidst a layoff:
When Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, decided to eliminate telecommuting last year, there was backlash on both sides of the debate. For one side, Yahoo’s decision signaled the end of telecommuting and work flexibility as we know it. But for the other side, Mayer and her senior management team simply served as an example of the out-of-date managerial styles that will someday be far behind us. One year later, it seems that telecommuting and flexible work options are indeed growing trends, and that’s because smart leaders embrace work flexibility.
Here are three reasons why smart leaders embrace flexible work options.
When was the last time you experienced an event that made you feel as if the world was coming to an end for you? It seemed like a big deal at the time, but time has healing powers. In fact, time can also provide much-needed perspective.
Workplace optimism is a belief that good things are possible when we apply our strengths and skills to work that matters. Work that matters is work we know has an impact on those for whom we apply our strengths and skills: internal or external customers, management, or even employees.
In the winter of 1979, I followed the Sex Pistols to San Francisco. I sat in the balcony at Winterland massively choked up. Not because of the band, (in fact the prize that night belonged to The Avengers, not the Sex Pistols,) but because there were thousands of leather clad, pogoing punk rockers. At long last, and surely for the first time in my life I had found my people. I belonged.
How would you like to go to work every day never feeling appreciated? How long would it be before you stopped trying? How long would it take for you to quit?
When employees don’t feel appreciated, their work suffers. As a leader, it’s your job to make sure that the company is successful. A successful company is made of employees who put forth their best effort every single day. Being a grateful leader is the easiest, cheapest way to make them want to do that.
If you’re just starting out in your career, or you’re in the middle of changing careers, then one of the most important things you can do is to understand your own motivation. Not just to accept the things that you’re told you should find motivating, whether they’re inspiring words or big cash bonuses, but what’s really important to you. It’ll help you strive harder, understand what motivates others, and find a path that can satisfy you.
As a small business owner, you’re faced with a conundrum. You want to support your employees as they care for the people they love. But your business can’t just stop running simply because your key employee is moving his mom to assisted living or needs to stay home with a sick child.
How can you help support your employees and the challenges they face without going out of business?
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