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Leadership Styles to Incorporate into Your Business

Throughout history, great leaders have emerged with particular leadership styles in providing direction, implementing plans and motivating people. These can be broadly grouped into 5 different categories:

1. Authoritarian Leadership

Authoritarian leadership styles allow a leader to impose expectations and define outcomes. A one-person show can turn out to be successful in situations when a leader is the most knowledgeable in the team. One advantage of this leadership style is that Time spent on making crucial decisions can be reduced and the Chain of command can be clearly emphasized. This leadership style has a lot of disadvantages one of which is that it kills employee creativity and innovation.

2. Participative Leadership

The essence is to involve team members in the decision-making process. Team members thus feel included, engaged and motivated to contribute. The leader will normally have the last word in the decision-making processes. However, if there are disagreements within a group, it can be a time-consuming process to reach a consensus. One advantage of this leadership style is that it increases employee motivation and job satisfaction. One disadvantage of this leadership style is that decision-making processes become time-consuming.

3. Delegative leadership

Also known as “laissez-faire leadership”, a delegative leadership style focuses on delegating initiative to team members. This can be a successful strategy if team members are competent and are employees that take responsibility and prefer engaging in individual work. Delegative leadership creates a positive work environment as employees feel like their opinions and inputs matters. One disadvantage of delegative leadership style is that it creates difficulty in adapting to change.

4. Transactional leadership

Transactional leadership styles use “transactions” between a leader and his or her followers. They use tools like rewards, punishment and other exchanges – to get the job done. The leader sets clear goals, and team members know how they’ll be rewarded for their compliance. This “give and take” leadership style is more concerned with following established routines and procedures in an efficient manner, than with making any transformational changes to the organization.

5. Transformational Leadership

In transformational leadership styles, the leader inspires his or her followers with a vision and then encourages and empowers them to achieve it. The leader also serves as a role model for the vision, high morale of employees is often experienced, it uses motivation and inspiration to gain the support of employees. A disadvantage of this leadership style is that consistent motivation and constant feedback may be required, tasks can not be pushed through without the agreement of employees.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, in developing your own leadership style It is important to recognize and understand different leadership styles including the situations in which they work best. However, you are unlikely to be a successful business leader simply by mimicking these. Leadership is not about providing a certain response in a certain situation. It’s about using your natural leadership strengths in an authentic manner to inspire and motivate others.

Leadership training from a good business school or good leadership courses can teach you the dynamics of human behaviour as well as raise self-awareness and provide the chance to practise leadership in different situations

Knowing which of the leadership styles works best for you is part of being a good leader. Developing a signature style with the ability to stretch into others as the situation warrants may help enhance your leadership effectiveness.

Know yourself. Start by learning what your current dominant leadership style is. Ask trusted colleagues to describe the strengths of your leadership style. You can also take a leadership style assessment.

Understand the different styles. Familiarize yourself with the repertoire of leadership styles that can work best for a given situation. What new skills do you need to develop?

Practice. Be genuine with any approach you use. Moving from your current leadership style to a different one may be challenging at first. Practice the new behaviours until they become natural. In other words, don’t abandon who you are.

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APPRECIATION IN THE WORK PLACE

APPRECIATION IN THE WORK PLACE

Have you ever heard someone say I don’t want to tell them how much I appreciate the work they do because it will get to their head and they would become lazy? My response to statements like that is always, put yourself in that person’s shoes and tell me how you feel when your sacrifice and effort go unnoticed or even unappreciated by your bosses or supervisors? You can tell your teammates, coworkers, and staff how much valuable they are to you and how important their contributions are to the organization, no occasion is necessary to show appreciation. In fact, little surprises and signs of your appreciation spread throughout the year help the individuals in your work life feel valued all year long.  Do not reserve your appreciation for special occasions, but make it a customary habit to thank regularly, let your employees and employers understand how much care you care for them and their contributions to the work place.

GREAT WAYS TO SHOW APPRECIATION IN THE WORK PLACE 

PRESENT A BESPOKE GIFT: Recognize your employee/employer interests well enough to present a small gift occasionally. A cherished gift and the act of providing it will light up a day. A greeting card serves the same purpose. You can give a card for no reason at all, to celebrate a special day such as a birthday, or to offer sympathy when a coworker is ill or experiences a family death. 

GIVE FINANCIAL INCENTIVES: during the holidays give a bonus, if the company is making a ton of profit give a raise because without the hard work of the staff daily activities will be slow. Also, it is nice to give attendance bonuses once in a while as this will motivate staff to always be at work even at odd hours. 

TREAT THEM TO A MEAL: Take coworkers or staff to lunch for a birthday, a special occasion or for no reason at all. Let your guest pick the restaurant. Or, order pizza or lunch from a caterer or a store that delivers. Schedule a brunch for a team that has met its current goals and over-delivers on its promised timeline. Food always makes people happy.

BRING IN LITTLE SURPRISES: Gifts such as cookies or cupcakes, particularly anything edible, and unexpected are a huge hit. it gives staff members a sense of belonging and makes them feel ;like their contributions are noticed and appreciated by their boss/supervisors.

PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR ADVANCEMENT:  People desire possibilities for training and cross-training. They want to partake in a special committee where their capacities are observed. They like to attend professional association meetings and represent your organization at civic and philanthropic events. Do you presently have only your executives attending these events? Spread the wealth of opportunity to all employees. They will genuinely appreciate it.

ALWAYS SAY THANK YOU: always praise a job well-done and identify specific actions that you have found admirable. Either to a teammate, employee and even your boss. Show gratitude for their hard work and contributions, this will be even sincerer since you took out time to spell out details.

 Employee/employer appreciation is never out-of-place. In fact, in many organizations, it’s an uncommon service. Make your workplace the exception. Use every opportunity to display your gratitude and appreciation.

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Organizational Culture

We know that culture is a way of life of a group of people in every system and in the same vein, we can say organizational culture is the way that organization

https://www.shrm.org/ defines organizational culture as the proper way to behave within the organization. This culture consists of shared beliefs and values established by leaders and then communicated and reinforced through various methods, ultimately shaping employee perceptions, behaviours and understanding.

The key to a successful organizational culture is to have a culture based on a strong shared set of beliefs and values that are supported by strategy and structure.

When an organization has a strong culture, three things happen:

  • Employees know how top management wants them to respond to any situation,
  • Demonstration of an organization’s value system is to reward
  • Employees believe that the expected response is the proper one.

So what are those beliefs, habits, values, routines that contribute to the work process in an organization?

HR has a vital role in ensuring a strong culture, starting with recruiting and selection of applicants who will share the organization’s beliefs and thrive in that culture.

HR also in charge of developing orientation, training and performance management programs that outline and reinforces the organization’s core values; and ensures that appropriate rewards and recognition go to employees who truly embody the values.

When the workplace culture aligns with your employees, they’re more likely to feel more comfortable, supported, and valued. It is believed that if organizational culture is going to improve the organization’s overall performance, the culture must provide a strategic competitive advantage.

A strong culture is a common denominator among the most successful companies.

Levels of Organizational Culture

In the 1980s, psychologist Edgar Schein of the Sloan School of Management developed a model for understanding and analyzing organizational culture. Schein divided an organization’s culture into three distinct levels: artifacts, values, and assumptions.

Artifacts: are the overt and obvious elements of an organization. They’re typically the things even an outsider can see, such as wallpapers and mantras. Artifacts can be easy to observe but difficult to understand, especially if your analysis of culture never goes any deeper.

Values: These are an organization’s declared set of standards and rules. Values affect how employees interact and represent the organization.

Assumptions:  are the bedrock of organizational culture. These are the beliefs and behaviours that are deeply embedded that they can go unnoticed sometimes.

Basic assumptions are the essence of culture and the aligned line that values and artifacts square themselves against. Basic assumptions manifest themselves in a variety of ways; But when these assumptions don’t align with the organizational values, trouble arises.

Reasons Why Organizational Culture is Important

  • It defines your company’s internal and external identity
  • Organizational culture is about living your company’s core values
  • Your culture can transform employees into advocates (or critics)
  • A strong organizational culture helps you keep your best people
  • Your culture transforms your company into a team

Types of Organizational Culture

According to Robert E. Quinn and Kim S. Cameron, at the University of Michigan Arbor, there are four types of organizational culture: Clan, Adhocracy, Market, and Hierarchy.

  • Clan oriented cultures are family-like cultures with a focus on mentoring, nurturing, and “doing things together.”
  • Adhocracy oriented cultures are dynamic and entrepreneurial, with a focus on risk-taking, innovation, and “doing things first.”
  • Market-oriented cultures are results-oriented; with a focus on competition, achievement, and “getting the job done.”
  • Hierarchy oriented cultures are structured and controlled, with a focus on efficiency, stability and “doing things right.”

There’s no correct organizational culture for any organization. All cultures promote some forms of behaviour and inhibit others. While some are suited to rapid and repeated change, others are to slow incremental development of the institution.

For example, Quinn and Cameron associated the lower two cultures (Market and Hierarchy) with a principal focus on stability and the upper two (Clan and Adhocracy) with flexibility and adaptability.

An organization who uses a Hierarchy culture-based culture will focus more on the control which leads mainly to incremental change; while a focus on Adhocracy will typically lead to more breakthrough change.

The right culture for an organization will be one that fits the direction; and strategy of the organization as it confronts issues and the challenges.

Challenges That Affect Organizational Culture. 

  • Employee Diversity: Employee Diversity is one of the challenges of organizational culture. It is very common to see a diverse field of employees in an organization. As this diversity is an added advantage in every company, it may also have an effect on the culture of the organization.
  • Internal Irregularities: It is essential to know that an organization who is continually changing its internal rules and regulations is likely to motivate its employees. The structure of an organization does not need to change irrespective of management.
  • Company culture must not be irregular in order to allow employees to truly feel like we can be ourselves; after all, how would it be possible to engage and motivate employees if the overall vision of an organization is constantly changing?

However, constant reinforcement of organizational culture does not mean that it can’t be improved; On the contrary, tailor your organizational culture to adapt to the situation; rather than being selective and changing due to certain factors.

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Coronavirus Vs The Workplace

With the ever-growing rate of persons infected with the coronavirus, there is a great need for the workplace to implement best health practices.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). 

With it first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China, it has since spread globally and declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The common symptoms associated with the COVID-19  includes:

  • fever,
  • cough,
  • shortness of breath,
  • Muscle pain,
  • Sputum production
  • Sore throat.

While the majority of cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to severe pneumonia and multi-organ failure.

The infection is typically spread from one person to another via respiratory droplets produced during coughing and sneezing.

CORONAVIRUS AND HOW IT IMPACTS THE WORKPLACE

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When global health emergencies take place, they often bring to light breach within the workplace. It is pertinent that organizations can identify them and make improvements to protect their employees in the event of another global health occurrence.

According to Forbes; in 2016, the flu season was estimated to cost $5.8 billion in health care and lost productivity costs, while the swine flu in 2009 had an estimated economic loss range from 0.5 to 1.5% of GDP (gross domestic product) on affected countries.

It is therefore imperative that we share ways in which coronavirus (Covid-19) might impact the future of the workforce and how organizations can build a successful, healthy and productive organization.

TELECOMMUTING

Telecommute

While some economies have embraced the idea of telecommuting, some are yet to adopt this system.  Flexjobs notes that 91% of remote work has grown over the last decade and with how delicate the situation is, more organizations will be forced to embrace this means.

Most large organizations make remote work an easy option because they have the infrastructure to support it, and providing this option makes it easy for them to attract top talent. It is therefore imperative to build the organization’s capability to offer remote work and there are also advantages to this option;

  • When employees should request the need or prefer to work from home, they usually appreciate the opportunity.
  • Reduced costs for the employer employees often provide their means of getting the job done eg( Telephone, Laptops, Internet).
  • The employer also saves on the cost of office space.
  • It provides the employer with the ability to employ individuals who through disability are unable to travel to a workplace.

Other means of communication to get work done in and out of office include:

1. Asana

Asana is arguably the best when it comes to task and project management. The project management tool is great for teams as one can be able to seamlessly create project workflows and create tasks which can be assigned to members within your team.  

With the added benefit of being able to add notes, upload files, and set deadlines for tasks.

2. Zoom

Zoom is an enterprise-level, all-in-one collaboration tool with a small business price tag. It offers video and web conferencing solutions as well as a cross-platform instant messaging and file-sharing features. 

Zoom lets users hold all types of online meetings, such as one-on-one video conferences, town hall meetings, training, webinars and marketing events. The service can be used on desktops, mobile devices, and your company’s video and conference room systems. A developer platform is available to integrate Zoom features – such as video, voice and screen sharing – with apps your business already uses.

3. GoToMeeting

If you need a basic, easy-to-use web conferencing solution, GoToMeeting can get you started immediately. Its one-click meeting feature enables to quickly schedule meetings straight from Outlook or Google Calendar. In addition to HD videoconferencing, GoToMeeting comes with dozens of useful tools to make your meetings more productive and interactive. These include screen sharing, web audio, a dial-in conference line, drawing tools and the ability to record meetings.

5. Slack  

Slack brings all types of communication of an organization together — project or topic-specific conversations, collaboration, file sharing, and more. It also easily integrates with all other tools that you may be already using, making it a versatile and seamless experience for the team.

6. Clockify

Clockify is an accurate productivity software tool on the market that can be used to track the number of time an employee is spending on specific tasks and projects. It’s a simple time tracker and timesheet app that lets you and your team track work hours across projects.

WORKPLACE MEASURES

For organizations whose countries are less affected or with a record of low cases, protective measures must be put in place to ensure the environment is safe and tidy and prevalence of the virus is minimal.

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  • Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic  
    • Surfaces (e.g. desks and tables)
    • objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads
  • Promote regular and thorough hand-washing by employees, contractors and customers. (60 seconds recommended)
  • Put sanitizing hand rub dispensers in prominent places around the workplace, and ensure these dispensers are regularly refilled
  • Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace
  • Ensure that face masks and/or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those who develop a runny nose or cough at work, alongside closed bins for hygienically disposing of them
  • Anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home. Encourage work from home if they have had to take simple medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection
  • Encourage employees to wash their hands regularly and stay at least one meter away from people who are coughing or sneezing
  • Develop a contingency and business continuity plan for an outbreak in the communities where your business operates. The plan will help prepare your organization for the possibility of an outbreak of COVID-19 in its workplaces or community. It may also be valid for other health emergencies

 UNLIMITED SICK LEAVE

Before the coronavirus outbreak, data suggests that 90% of employees have admitted to coming to work when ill. These sick employees are reported to be less productive than engaged and healthy employees.

Organizations should update their sick leave policy to accommodate the health needs of your employees.  Create a plan that extends sick leave based upon the severity, or, offer only unlimited sick days and stick with your current paid time off plan; because healthy employees lead to a healthy business.

Coronavirus Vs the workplace

The business environment is just one of many institutions that are not creating an environment that supports their employees taking space to heal when they face illness.

Now is the time to prepare for COVID-19. Simple precautions and planning can make a big difference in protecting your employees and growing your business.

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Employee Workplace

An employee workplace can be said to be an environment where employees go to work to get paid.

However, an employee-focused workplace is an environment where employees are honoured and taken care of that they can, in turn, take care of customers and clients.

An employee workplace should not be about attracting new employees and making the office facility look great from an outwards aesthetic perspective, but about guaranteeing a harmonious workplace in the long term.

It should be customer-centric that is, doing business in a way that focuses on providing a positive customer experience to drive profit and gain competitive advantage.

In this article, we would be sharing how organizations can make the workplace employee-centric.

Workplace Culture

Workplace Culture

Creating an employee-centric workplace does not have to be complicated, however, it should be based off data-driven observations and assumptions. As it not only addresses the needs of employees, it also highlights the fact that optimal customer experiences are directly related to the organisational environment and culture.

Workplace culture not only encourages employees to interact based on embedded attitudes and traditions, but it also considers the space where work is performed.

A company’s culture is directly tied to the employee experience; a positive workplace culture is directly tied to the other components of an employee-centric workplace, including working productivity, turnover, and general wellness or absenteeism. It is no surprise that employee wellness is one of the leading concerns for employers.

The right workplace impacts wellness; studies have proven that access to natural light, environmental control technologies that adjust temperatures and lightning, and physical wellness spaces create a healthier environment that improves employee productivity and well-being.

Strategy

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To set up an action plan to create an employee-centric work environment, employee engagement needs to be measured and metrics gotten from the exercise need to be analysed.

A feedback tool or suggestion box should be provided for need to know that there are shortcomings within the workplace.

When common patterns and issues start to crop up across the departments, whether in terms of a process or workflow; strategies should be employed to ensure that issues are addressed promptly.

A company can improve by listening, taking action, and letting their employees be people.

Processes or procedures should be improved on. Take a look at best practices within other organisations and check if it is a good fit for theirs. This shows employees that the management is proactive and cares about their employees.

Provide a Sense of Purpose

Every organization mission and vision must define what it does and help in communicating the values of the organisation. The mission statement typically describes the short term goals and advantage and reason being in business, while the vision statement describes its long term goal.

The mission should be less about “what a company does,” and more about “how we all achieve it together.”

Purpose

Employees should be united by the common objective of finding meaning in their work. This is the single most crucial factor in creating and maintaining a positive employee culture.

Purpose is a top priority for most employees – not money and schedule flexibility. Make employees feel their job has a positive impact on others.

Be Positive and Build Employees Up

Maintain a positive attitude and build employees up. Be mindful of the moods of your employees. Positive emotions, like gratitude, joy and pride, allow you to think more creatively and work more collaboratively.

Avoid negative conversations and gossip to maintain a positive atmosphere. And if an employee’s performance is not up to par, try to find a positive solution together.

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Building People

Employees are the backbone of every business, but keeping them around can be a challenge. The key to sustenance is to create an environment that employees look forward to working in and a culture where they feel valued.

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Employee Engagement in the Workplace

So we shared with you, some tips on how to boost employee engagement in the workplace and we decided to share even more!!!

So let us get to it.

Hire people who want to be a part of your Journey

Employee engagement starts with the hiring process. Hiring individuals to work as part of a team and the organization as a whole should be an experience. If your new hires are not going to contribute enough or take to the culture, then it is important not to hire such a candidate.

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RECRUITMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Let the ideas flow free 

Fascinating ideas can sink into oblivion if they are not spoken out. Ideas are the reason behind every organization and what it eventually becomes. The workplace dynamics could potentially solve a nagging issue, save an organization from a huge loss, and turn a small business into a billion-dollar enterprise. Thus important to make sure that employee engagement is taking place in the workplace.

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Take your employees’ pulse

Annual workplace review survey should not be the only way organizations get feedback. Pulse surveys are used to replace difficult survey systems. They are to be done once in weeks. This is another form of employee engagement in the workplace

Invest in learning and career development

People want a workplace where they can learn, enhance their skills, and reach their full potential. In the rising search for talent, will it be enough to provide the bare minimum and hope employees stay? Your employees should believe that you’ve invested in them and care about their growth. It is your responsibility to make them feel that there are new opportunities awaiting every day.

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LEARNING PROCESSES

How do you manage employee engagement in your workplace?

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Employee Engagement

Is my employee engagement level top-notch?”

“Are my employees giving 100%?”

“Are my employees committed to their jobs?”

I am sure you are wondering why this is important. If you’re a manager, HR staff, or a CEO heading an organization, these are probably the important questions on your mind.

These questions are obvious, but the answers are more complex. What do you think it is that keeps employees motivated? We shall be sharing some tips on how to boost employee engagement

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  • Make them a part of your story: Every business is built to satisfy a need. What’s yours? Is the mission of your organization clear enough to your employee(s)? Do your employee(s) know what is expected of them in their roles? If your employees are not sure of what they have to achieve, then there’s no way to measure success. Clarify what you expect of them, their roles and responsibilities, from day one.
  • Practice what you preach because Culture matters – A company’s culture cannot be built overnight, but it can be consciously moulded into what you want through employee engagement.
  • Level up on your performance evaluation process – Traditional annual employee engagement performance appraisals can leave managers and employees with loads of subjective comments, but no accurate data about a full year’s performance of the employee. Monthly, quarterly employee engagement or once every few weeks fosters a continuous feedback system.
  • Work hard, play harder, and crush the numbers; Gamify your workplace – Gamification is a relatively new concept that converts those mundane, tedious tasks to a fun-driven activity. Gamification is one of those employee engagement activities that can be both fun and rewarding to an employee.
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