What’s the Problem? 5 Questions to ask an Underperforming Employee

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We all have days like this at work!

One of the most challenging tasks for any manager is how to handle employee underperformance.  This could be a general team issue where the whole group seems to be demotivated and underperforming.  More likely, however, the issue will relate to one or maybe two particular individuals.

Difficult Conversations at Work

Most managers would prefer not to have to sit down and have what can potentially be a difficult and even emotional conversation.  In this vein, the usual starting point is to try and rationalise the individual’s behaviour, and work out why they are underperforming.   Continue reading “What’s the Problem? 5 Questions to ask an Underperforming Employee”

Group Work – Great or Gruesome?

Some of love it, some of us loathe it, very few of us are ambivalent.

I must admit that, when I attend training sessions as a delegate, I’m not a massive fan of group work.  Generally I find it quite stressful and prefer to just listen to the training and learn what I’m there to learn.

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Does Teamwork always make the Dream Work?

But we’re all different and some people really enjoy it.  They find it a good way of getting to know new people and picking up useful first hand information in in relation to specific shared interests.  

From a professional trainer’s point of view, I’m undecided about the merits of group work.  I completely see the value of asking delegates to practise, in groups, a specific skill I might be showing them.  I can also see that group practise and pair-sharing is very useful if we’re working towards a test or exam.   But for general information gaining or knowledge building type talks or training sessions, I’m less convinced of its value – other than to allow the trainer a short break, obviously. Continue reading “Group Work – Great or Gruesome?”

7 Strategies for Successful Teambuilding

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Do you love or hate teamwork?

“Teamwork makes the dream work”

“There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’.

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”

How many times have you seen or heard these phrases? And do they make your heart sing or sink?

The French have their own phrase for team work; ‘esprit de corps’. This phrase combines the concepts of unity and a shared vision which two or more people feel when they are actively working towards a common goal. In an ideal world, the team is bigger than the sum of its parts and has a synergy and momentum that moves it along. Together, we are told, the team can jump over any metaphorical obstacles in its path. Continue reading “7 Strategies for Successful Teambuilding”