Summer vacation time is upon us. It should be a time of relaxation and rejuvenation. For many employees, though, it’s much more complex than this. Taking a vacation is associated with feelings of catching-up at work, communication-related stress, and even fear of being judged for using their hard-earned time off.
Employee communication is a complicated process. Even some of the best and brightest business leaders haven’t mastered the skills of effectively connecting with employees.
According to a recent New York Times post, many male managers are mentoring female employees less, or have stopped altogether, in the wake of the #MeToo movement. In fact, one in six male managers reported feeling uncomfortable mentoring a female colleague, according to two studies by LeanIn.
You’ve been chipping away at your new employee communication goals for a few months. If you’re like many internal communicators, however, tackling those goals has been slowed by various unexpected snags early in the year.
Slowly but surely, the topic of mental well-being in the workplace is losing its stigma. More leaders are aware of issues negatively impacting employees and, as a result, resources are popping up at organizations everywhere.
“Hi, Dr. Sharkey! The new year is in full swing. This means new workplace trends are already succeeding (or failing). To be the best leader, I want to fully understand what trends are making a big impact early on in 2019 that are improving how workplaces are running and what employee needs leaders are focusing on right now. What are some trends you see in the works and how do I stay on top of them all year long?”
Employees’ perceptions of business’ motivations and ethics are on a downhill slide, according to a recent Deloitte report. Unfortunately, respondents say what they believe responsible businesses should achieve and what they perceive businesses’ actual priorities to be today just aren’t lining up.
Employee communication efforts are constantly evolving. Now that the New Year is officially in full swing, it’s time to re-evaluate your employee communication goals and set new plans in motion.
“Dr. Sharkey, my employees and I love celebrating the holidays. Our office is full of spirit and cheer during these times, but year-after-year I notice that once the holiday season is over, our productivity slows and sales are lacking. How can I address this post-holiday slump and give my team a boost?”
“Dr. Sharkey, I’m proud to say I have a very talented, driven team. Each person is motivated to do their best and are personally invested in the company’s future. However, even with an amazing team, I often find my team isn’t on the same page when it comes to company-wide initiatives. How can I effectively communicate company goals to employees in various departments in a way that will get everyone on the same page and increase business outcomes?”