Teachers are some of the first “managers” people ever encounter. They organize each day to get maximum results from their charges and encounter a variety of motivation levels, aptitudes and communication challenges along the way. (Sound like your office?) In honor of back-to-school season, here are five ideas worth borrowing from teachers for your own workplace:
Make expectations known
“K-12 teachers often start the year by announcing classroom rules, college professors hand out a syllabus, and institutions give out student handbooks. All of these ideas share the same unifying theme: laying out the ‘law of the land’ so that people know what’s expected of them,” says Karen Southall Watts, an instructor at Bellingham Technical College and author of Messenger: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Communication.
Acts such as establishing ground rules for meetings and providing new employees with a handbook serve the same purpose. As Watt...(register to read more)