What this employee retention author heard from one of the participants in the session was that when he was at another leadership training session in the past, the instructor told the class that asking for input from your employees was a sign of weakness. This employee retention trainer was shocked! In all my years of training and even in the military, I never had heard this. For that reason, I felt it was noteworthy to write on it. Those of you have worked with me or had me conduct leadership training or employee retention training know, this employee recruitment expert believes just the opposite.
To this employee retention trainer, asking for input is a sign that you respect your employee’s opinion, trust their abilities and are not afraid to hear what they have to say. If you have a trusting relationship with your employees and are confident in your leadership abilities, you will not be afraid to hear what your employees have to say…even if it might be contradictory to your thought process. Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that you stop leading and making decisions as a leader, but I firmly believe in asking for input from people.
Beyond being sound leadership, it’s also a sound employee retention strategies. People love it when you value their opinion. As an HR Leader, I regularly bounced ideas off of my people as they had different perspectives, ideas and thoughts. We didn’t always agree but we had discussions about it. Perhaps that is one of the reasons, I rarely had people leave my department or the organizations I worked in because we sought out people’s input. I also felt the decisions that I then made were better decisions because of the input I had received.
Asking for input is not a sign of weakness…it’s a sign of respect…the “R” in C.R.A.P. Remember…Give Your Employees C.R.A.P.® (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise) Why? Because C.R.A.P. Works!
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