Lynne Curry of The Growth Company Offers “Happy Holidays” Words of Wisdom to Managers

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Today, Lynne Curry, Ph.D., SPHR (CEO of The Growth Company, Inc.) replies to clients with some holiday words of wisdom.

Happy Holidays

if you believe your employees are your company’s most important assets, say Merry Christmas by unreservedly treating them that way.

Tis the season for Dr. Curry to receive questions about workplace “gifts” for the holidays. Today,Lynne Curry, Ph.D., SPHR(CEO of The Growth Company, Inc.) replies to clients with some holiday words of wisdom.
Dr. Curry first asks, “Have you thought about how you’ll wish your employees Merry Christmas this year? Will you take them out to lunch, throw a Holiday party, had them a bonus check or wrap them a present? Or will you give them a gift that takes more effort but lasts longer – will you give your employees more of what they want in their jobs?”
Most managers often take their best employees for granted. Says Dr. Curry, “Although you appreciate good performance, you don’t say so as regularly as you could. Take the time this week and every week to tell each employee what you genuinely appreciate about how he or she works.”
Good employees work for more than a monetary paycheck – they seek a psychic paycheck as well. Dr. Curry advises, “If you’d like to give your employees a genuine Holiday gift, fix your company’s reward system. Make it your goal to help each employee achieve success and attain recognition. Do what it takes to ensure that every employee who works with you thrives – give each one opportunity, interesting challenges and encouragement. If your employees currently have responsibility without authority, give them permission to make decisions.”
“Also,” adds Dr. Curry, “if you believe your employees are your company’s most important assets, say Merry Christmas by unreservedly treating them that way. Make asking your employees for their ideas and concerns a regular event. Install and use communication channels such as open door supervision, company-wide meetings, regular employee surveys and management by walking around. When your employees talk with you, listen – even and especially when you don’t agree with what they say. As an added stocking stuffer, give your employees the chance to cleanse your organization of petty rules, outdated red tape and unnecessary paperwork.”
Next, consider how the supervisors in the company package themselves as leaders to employees. “Do you and other managers set a good example for your employees in the areas that matter – integrity, professionalism, teamwork and respect? If you could improve in any area, what would it be?” asks Dr. Curry. Don’t leave anything important out of the package.
Further, Dr. Curry adds, “If you’d like your employees to further rejoice, add understanding concerning the personal pressures facing those who work for you to your gift pile. In today’s complex work environment in which employees often walk a tightrope balancing personal and job responsibilities, allow your employees as much flexibility as you can in adjusting their vacation schedules and work hours. Help them perform well in their jobs without having to sacrifice their personal lives.”
Dr. Curry recommends that managers make a New Year’s resolution to both reward their best employees with positive attention and other incentives and to address the employees whose low performance drags everyone down.
Finally, Dr. Curry asks, “How will you give your employees a really good holiday? Invest in them. Give them immediate gifts that offer long-term returns.”

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