Author Archives: Sheryl McAtee

Knocking Down Barriers to Feedback: Key Communication Skills

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Effectively delivering and receiving performance feedback in the workplace remains one of the greatest challenges facing most managers – but it is also the fastest way to get results.  Let’s look at some communication skills that can help both managers and employees maximize the benefits of feedback conversations. Curiosity is a very important aspect of…
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Communications?!? But… We Fixed That!

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Here’s a great story about manager communications from one of our trainers. I was working with a senior corporate leadership team, and they wanted to improve employee engagement and outcomes.  A recent employee survey indicated that manager-employee communication and feedback was a key shortcoming and challenge for the organization. “I can’t believe this!” the CEO…
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Windows to the World: Effective Web Communication

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Web-based communication has been around for about 20 years, and we still struggle to break the barriers to effective communication using this medium.  Here are some reminders for effectively communicating online: Create Stories. There’s a reason verbal communication around the campfire have lasted through generations. Stories move people more than facts. Here’s an example. Rather…
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Finding the Meaning Behind Team-Building

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Much is said about the benefits of team-building, but how do we do it in a way that doesn’t just feel like adult games at work? First, it is important to have a “why” behind the games—a larger learning point or goal that adults can get behind. Here’s an example. There are many team-building activities…
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Corporate Team-Building Activities

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The best team-building exercises have a goal or purpose— one goal may be to provide a shared structured experience that allows team members to get to know each other better. Here are some ideas for team-building exercises that tend to achieve better team camaraderie. While this may take some planning, a shared volunteer experience supports…
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Team-Building Activity: Playing the Cards

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Here’s a team-building activity for adults that is fun and generates valuable information at the team level.  It works for teams of 6 to 60+ and requires only a stack of index cards (at least 3 cards per person) and pens or markers. First, create small groups of 2 to 6 people, depending on group…
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Motivating Employees Through Employee Engagement Surveys

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There are many survey tools available to assess employee engagement in your organization. This article provides ideas and activities to engage your employees through two simple and interactive employee surveys. These surveys will provide you with feedback about employee motivation and offer paths forward for increased engagement. Survey 1: Defining Employee Engagement To build employee…
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8 Simple Activities that Build Employee Engagement

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Thoughtfully motivating and engaging employees takes a concerted and systemic approach throughout the organization. That said, there are also simple activities that also support employee engagement — make it a point to do one a day and you will see the benefits in both the short and long term. Say “thank you.” Be specific about…
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Health and Wellness: Making Our Workstations Work!

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There are many ways to focus on your health and wellness at work.  One way is to make sure your space is meeting your ergonomic needs.  Many people go to work and accept their workstation as a fixed factor at work — and not something that is particularly flexible. Here are some ideas that support…
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Ergonomic Engineering: What Managers Can Do

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Many supervisors and managers recognize the benefits of ergonomic workplaces and workspaces, but feel lost about what they can do, particularly when it involves physical investments.  Here are some ideas that can go a long way in helping your employees — it often just takes a manager to advocate on their behalf. Ergonomic Workstations. My…
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