Our Thursday tips and tricks topic for this week is based on promoting cordiality at the workplace by involving your team in planning or decision making.
How is your relationship with your workers or team members?
Do you discuss ideas with them or just surprise them with decisions which might affect their productivity?
If you happen to be in a position of authority, it is easy to ignore opinions or contributions of your subordinates in planning or decision making.
Don’t be on the defensive yet; ignoring opinions of others especially if you are well experienced than they are is sometimes necessary, especially if you do not have the time to evaluate several contributions. But is it the best?
The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away. ~ Linus Pauling
As women, people have the notion that we are difficult to work with especially if we hold a high official position either as an employee or business owner. And one reason for this assertion is because we love to employ feminine instincts in our dealings, formal or informal.
You should carry your team along in every situation possible to promote team work and bridge the gap between your office and that of your subordinates. It also enhances cordiality in the workplace.
To get the opinion of your subordinates when it’s time for decision making without wasting planning time, consider the following steps:
- Make a list of the areas you need advice on
- Identify your subordinates whose contributions you would need
- Ask them for their opinions far earlier than the start of the project/activity
- Have a meeting to discuss each opinion
- Compare each idea to yours
The above list is just a working idea, you don’t have to stick to it but use it as a guide for listening to your subordinates when you need ideas for planning.