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Are Your Employees Afraid?

November 23, 2012

Daily Read – Are Your Employees Afraid?

Sounds crazy, since you are a wonderful boss and have created a very comfortable office environment right?! Truth is that many employees are afraid to make a mistake, to speak in front of a group, to engage in conflict with peers or bosses or even to deal with difficult clients. Some fear is healthy and can be motivating, but in some, fear can depress your team’s ability to be creative. So how can you help your employees ease their fears? Rely more on guiding principles and less on policy – this allows employees to make better decisions that will improve their own performance and adapt to changes on the fly without going through the “red tape” of approvals. In other words try to focus on company values and not the companies list of procedures and you will indicate both your trust in your employees and encourage them to boldly find their own way to getting to the principles you’ve agreed on.

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