Generational differences in the workplace can cause communications difficulties. For most of us, our sales and marketing margin of error – no matter how low – is unacceptable in today’s business culture. Compound that percentage by adding generational gaps to the equation and you’ve got a marketing and/or workplace situation that needs to be managed; quickly.
Like a toxic cloud, negative attitudes can seep into every corner of an organization. What starts as a bad day in one office can sap the morale of every member of your team. This slows productivity, leads to high-turnover, and if left unaddressed, can cause significant damage to your brand in the eyes of industry peers and consumers.
If your company is experiencing high employee turnover, low content brand, and persistently disengaged workforce, then it is time to focus on the leadership styles applied by managers within your organization. Providing leadership training to managers helps them improve on important managerial and leadership skills.
In the workplace, it can sometimes be difficult for colleagues to maintain a professional composure. While this usually manifests as small annoyances and petty disagreements, workplace conflicts can turn into much bigger problems. Workplace conflict resolution experts at the University of Oklahoma estimate that managers spend at least 25% of their working hours attempting to resolve issues between coworkers.
Good communication skills, both oral and written, are essential to the effective operation of a business. So often these days, managers themselves may be deficient in knowing how to foster good communication among team members. Public-facing employees may also lack good communication skills when dealing with clients.
Critical thinking skills are an important part of business as problems will always crop up and there will be a need for creative solutions. Critical thinking in a business setting can help employees better understand how to think outside of the proverbial box and make good decisions regarding what has to be done to get the job done. Let's take a look at what your employees could learn through a formal course on critical thinking.
Workplace conflict is an inevitable aspect of workplace culture. Whenever people of different backgrounds and working styles are brought together, there is likely to be some friction. The good news is that not all conflict is bad and some is actually good for a company.
When most people think of storytelling, they think of children listening to fairy tales before bedtime, or of teenagers swapping scary stories around a campfire. There isn't anything about storytelling that relates to business ... or is there?
Public speaking is about building connections. Whether it is a sales pitch or a training session, conveying the message effectively is the key to engagement, education, and motivation. An impeccable knowledge of the products, tools, and industry jargon means little if you don't have the ability to deliver the message to the audience. Learning the art of public speaking will give you an advantage over the competition and help you build connections that can take your business to the highest heights.
Whether you run a software development firm or a high-tech call center operation, your team define the terms of your success. Technical qualifications, experience, and talent are ineffective when group dynamics aren’t strong. People skills bridge the gaps between job ability and process sharing to ensure your team achieves its goals.
But what are people skills? Aren't they innate and can't be learned? How could training possibly help employees?