Regular Consultations Between Managers and Subordinates

Manager and Subordinate Consultation

Communication is the key to success in all aspects of the work and home environment. Managers need to have a direct line to their employees; without this communication, the partnership needed for all to meet goals and expectations will be seriously damaged. Employees need direction, but they also need encouragement and periodic feedback to make sure they understand their job roles and are rewarded for work well done. On the other hand, those same aspects apply to those who are producing substandard work or have developed poor work habits. Constant, appropriate feedback is crucial to a successful, positive work environment.
Communication with employees begins with the hiring and orientation interview and ends with the retirement or termination of an individual. Most companies would prefer that good employees stay with them until retirement, but the reality is that there are times when termination may happen earlier. To best serve not only the organization and the individual employee, giving time-sensitive progress appraisals and constant feedback keep communication channels open. Individuals need to know what they are doing well and what areas they need to improve in to become more successful.   Employees need to know that they are valued and that their concerns will be addressed in a timely manner; an open-door, respectful management scheme will allow them to communicate effectively while also allowing managers to express their concerns or give rewards when appropriate.
Regular management and employee consultation can prevent misunderstandings, encourage two-way communication, provides the opportunity for feedback, and allows for discussions of changing job responsibilities. Employees feel their input is appreciated and are more likely to respond positively to information transmitted during these consultation sessions; hence, increasing productivity and job satisfaction. Problems can be cooperatively approached rather than...