The ABC network's respectful treatment of longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek through his battle with cancer exemplifies compassion. Even as his health deteriorated, they supported his desire to continue working as long as possible, which he did until shortly before his death in November 2020. Their actions follow three key principles for treating with compassion an employee who is navigating a serious medical condition.
An effective manager takes a human-centric coaching approach to management rather than simply focus on pushing business needs forward. Effective managers don't just motivate their direct reports to perform but increase their teams' capabilities by helping individuals hone and leverage their unique strengths, creating consistent feedback loops, and challenging their reports to reach their full potential. Great managers boost all areas that drive an organization's success, including employee engagement, growth and development, productivity, and attrition. Unfortunately, most managers lack the right tools, structure, and practices they need to be effective.
Everyone has to deal with various ups and downs in their work relationships. Sometimes the coworkers are great and the bosses are nightmares - or the other way around. When employees and managers work well together, though, those relationships can yield plenty of benefits for everyone involved (including the organization in general). For that reason, companies should prioritize building and nurturing healthy employee-manager relationships, starting with these three strategies.
As COVID-19 sweeps across the globe, it's accompanied by widespread anxiety about an uncertain future. The economy, public health, schools and education, society in general - everything is evolving moment by moment, and no one knows where things will end up. Many employees are working from home (or least trying to work while their children are racing around the house, thanks to school and daycare closures), and in such uncertain times they need a new kind of leadership: leaders who inspire, motivate, and possess the qualities needed to guide employees during this unprecedented time.
The maintenance manager's job is to prevent problems - a responsibility that runs counter to the usual expectation that managers are supposed to solve existing problems, rather than have the "foresight [that] keeps problems from occurring." Maintenance managers who are adept at preventing problems know how to think ahead, support planning and work scheduling, and have procedures in place for all of the company's maintenance activities (which can run the gamut from the most routine lubrication task all the way to the most complex plant-wide shutdown).