Indulging in our favorite foods is wonderful but can be unhealthy at times. Too much chocolate, ice cream and cake can add those calories very quickly and cause you problems. In the same vein playing favorites with employees can also result in negative results. We are all human so we tend to gravitate to those with similar interests and personalities. To avoid that perception, you may need to validate that you are not playing favorites and are willing to treat everyone evenhandedly.
Giving everyone a chance to grow and develop produces a team that can accomplish much more through expanded perspectives and creativity.
Here are some things to consider in this area;
–Think inclusively when you assign work. Give people things to do and ideally tasks that will help them grow.
– Hand out assignments on an equitable basis. Keep track of who is doing what. Rotate project leadership roles.
– Encourage employees to participate. Greet new ideas warmly in meetings even if you don’t ultimately implement them. This will encourage more creativity within the staff.
– Look for things you may have in common with others. Cultivate conversations about similar interests.
– Wear their shoes. See their points of view.
Skipping that second helping of potatoes and gravy will do wonders for your health and in the same vein focusing on employee togetherness should result in a more effective organization.
Author: Dave Blankenhorn, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org