Giving constructive feedback is one of the most important aspects of any manager’s job, but it’s also one of the hardest tasks to accomplish well. No one wants to hear about the areas where they’re weak and highlighting those areas can easily put the other person on the defensive.
As we discussed in the previous post, office culture has a tremendous impact on employee satisfaction, productivity and performance. Companies in every industry are beginning to recognize this, so they are offering generous benefits and costly perks in order to compensate for a demanding office climate. But throwing flextime and gym memberships at the problem generally misses the point. As we said, research shows that employees prefer a positive workplace to one that offers impressive benefits.
We’re conditioned to see hard-charging, relentless commitment to work as the key to success. Research, however, has shown that exactly the opposite is often true. Not only is a winner-takes-all environment detrimental to an organization’s productivity, a pleasant, positive environment actually yields better results for employees and employers.
Workplaces in every industry always have to make changes to accommodate a new generation of employees—those who see the world a bit differently than the previous generations. The Millennial generation, defined as people born between 1980 and 2000, has been the subject of much hand-wringing as employers attempt to utilize the many strengths of this generation, while accommodating differences not always easily understood by older coworkers. Let’s review some of the main themes that we’ve discussed in our series of posts on Millennials in the workplace.
They’re the self-esteem generation. The generation whose helicopter parents stood ready to swoop in to kiss every skinned knee and confront every perceived unfairness. So, is it any wonder that Millennials tend to not handle failure with aplomb?