A business is only as good as the employees. Whether you are in PERM advertising or accounting, training new hires to meet requirements effectively will help your company meet goals and improve overall workplace culture. Read on to discover some of the tried and true tips to coaching successful employees.
Establish a Relationship
Building a relationship with your employees has proven to be one of the best foundational coaching approaches. Everyone wants to feel valued and treating employees as people rather than numbers will motivate them to put their best work forward and feel less threatened to come to upper management if an issue arises. One way to establish a positive relationship with your employees from the get-go is to set up new-hire meetings with management. This is an opportunity for new employees of any level to meet face-to-face with the leaders of the company. Another way to nurture relationships with employees is to implement an open-door policy where employees feel comfortable walking into manager’s offices when they need to. Companies have found both of these strategies successful as they set the tone for a mentor-like relationship with employees rather than a prying boss with selfish intentions.
Avoid Annual Reviews
Annual reviews can easily feel bland and impersonal. While reviewing one’s performance is important, managers have found success in shorter, quarterly or monthly reviews. Having a frequent review process allows for meetings to be more relevant and worthwhile than ones that occur yearly. In these reviews, or touch-base-meetings, opening it up as a discussion rather than a lecture has proven to be effective. Asking employees how they feel they are doing and what they would like to improve on can help both the company and employees reach their goals.
Misunderstandings can happen all too often in workplace environments, and it’s easy to let them spin out of control if not dealt with right away. Especially when speaking to new employees, it is important to be clear when giving instructions or feedback. If an issue arises, be sure to explain specifically what happened, what you expected or wanted to happen, and how the situation can be improved on in the future. For example, if your company has specific PERM advertising requirements in the Bay area that are not being met, meeting with your employee to clarify what these expectations are and look like will help to achieve successful results.
Creating a thriving and connected workplace environment all stems from relationships. As a manager, establishing healthy connections in your company is largely up to you. Taking into consideration these coaching techniques can set your business apart and increase your talent pool.