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Grandkids and Employees

July 11, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of having 4 of my 6 grandkids in my backyard and they are a whacky bunch! The oldest was 8 and the youngest 3. They are certainly all different. Extroverts, Introverts, Leaders, Followers. They show their emotions and mostly they are happy. They do have disputes and some physical confrontations! Kind of like employees…(hopefully not the physical part!)

Overall they’re a well behaved bunch and while their parents are pretty smart, they’re not child development experts, (that would be my wife!) The major thing these parents do is provide consistent guidance to these microhumans. Repetition of the same directives, progressive discipline, but no terminations!

Consider how hard it is to be consistent with employees. They do have some of the same traits as my grandkids but in addition they don’t take things at face value. A supervisor occasionally imposes a new policy. They want to analyze direction and develop an alternative approach. The supervisor is then put in the position of deciding whether changing course is going to impact their authority if they follow a suggestion.

Optimally, spend a few minutes brainstorming with the affected employee(s) before making grand announcements and build some consensus. You’ll feel better for being consistent and employees will respect you for having given them the chance for input.


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