New Study Shows Two-Thirds of Managers Uncomfortable Talking with Employees

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Today’s leaders face so many challenges: employee retention, operational efficiency, culture, collaboration, leading across generations, and more. But communication is at the heart of them all. A clear message with a powerful delivery get you halfway home. Honing your next conversation will increase its impact, create better relationships, and add value. For yourself. Your career. Your company.

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We have more ways than ever to connect, but surprisingly a new survey shows that most managers are uncomfortable talking to their employees for any reason. True, we all have to communicate every day…but evidently that doesn’t mean we have to like it.

According to this article in the Harvard Business Review, citing this Interact survey, states that:

  • Over two-thirds (69%) of managers are regularly uncomfortable talking with employees
  • Over one-third (37%) of managers are uncomfortable giving direct feedback
  • Communication challenges remain in recognizing employee achievements, being authentic about the ‘company line’ and culture, and in offering criticism

What’s the implication here?

For managers today, we have more ways than ever to connect. Meaning that we can text and email all day long, and still not make the connections that matter. A keyboard is efficient, but is it effective, when it comes to the conversations that really matter?

There’s never been a greater need for effective leadership communication. That kind of communication overcomes fear and hesitancy, with a clear understanding of what powerful conversations look like.  Eliminating the resistance that’s identified in the HBR survey is the job of every manager – and every leader – that wants to create new results.

Feedback and guidance isn’t something to avoid – that guidance is what employees need, and feedback is what they crave. Communication is a vital part of every business relationship. Delivering messages with your fingers is easy and efficient – but not always effective.

What holds you back from having the conversation that you deserve, and your employees expect? It’s time to change the conversation, and create a new kind of ‘old school’ connection: meeting for face-to-face feedback, and driving new results along the way.

If you’re looking for new ways to approach the conversation – even the most difficult conversation – you owe it to yourself to access the only language you need to know, in order to change your results.

Make your next conversation your best – and drive new results for yourself, your team and your career. Click on the image of the book to learn more, or download a free chapter here.

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