5 minutes to be a better boss

Here is a worthwhile idea for managers who would like to establish a better relationship with their employees; take some time out to spend with your employees each day and get to know them as people and not just as cogs in the economic machine that is the company.

Rosa Say has another great tip in her post titled The Daily Five Minutes.  She suggests that each day, managers give five minutes of “no-agenda time?? to at least one employee.  Here are some benefits to the managers:

In the process of developing this habit, they greatly improved their own approachability. They had nurtured a circle of comfort for their employees to step into and talk to them——whenever time presented itself. The Daily Five Minutes itself soon became a more personal thing. Employees started to share their lives with them——what they did over the weekend, how their kids were doing in school, how they felt about a local news story. Managers began to know their employees very well, and their employees began to relate to them more as people and not just as managers. They were practicing the art of ‘Ike loa together.

When our new Human Resources manager took over I suggested to her that she change the name of the department from Human Resources to People Services.  In doing that, she would go a long way to shifting the focus of the department from one that regards the staff as resources to seeing them as people who play a vital role in the business.  That rebranding didn’t happen, which is a pity. 

I believe it is vital that businesses realise that they are run by people and when employees feel that they are respected as people then they tend to work better and are happier in what they do.  I don’t have any data to support this, it is just a sense I have (based on my own experience perhaps). 

 

(via the [non]billable hour)

Paul
Enthusiast, marketing strategist, writer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad. Allergic to stupid

  1. Aloha, Paul is it?

    Thank you so much for your mention of The Daily Five Minutes: the title on your post really does sum up the intent of the practice perfectly!

    I liked the suggestion you gave to your HR professional, and while the rebranding didn’t happen completely in the way you perhaps had envisioned it, I do hope that there has indeed been some progress made.

    My aloha to you and your readers; mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) for visiting Talking Story. Please do visit again!
    Rosa

  2. Aloha, Paul is it?

    Thank you so much for your mention of The Daily Five Minutes: the title on your post really does sum up the intent of the practice perfectly!

    I liked the suggestion you gave to your HR professional, and while the rebranding didn’t happen completely in the way you perhaps had envisioned it, I do hope that there has indeed been some progress made.

    My aloha to you and your readers; mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) for visiting Talking Story. Please do visit again!
    Rosa

  3. Aloha, Paul is it?

    Thank you so much for your mention of The Daily Five Minutes: the title on your post really does sum up the intent of the practice perfectly!

    I liked the suggestion you gave to your HR professional, and while the rebranding didn’t happen completely in the way you perhaps had envisioned it, I do hope that there has indeed been some progress made.

    My aloha to you and your readers; mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) for visiting Talking Story. Please do visit again!
    Rosa

  4. Aloha, Paul is it?

    Thank you so much for your mention of The Daily Five Minutes: the title on your post really does sum up the intent of the practice perfectly!

    I liked the suggestion you gave to your HR professional, and while the rebranding didn't happen completely in the way you perhaps had envisioned it, I do hope that there has indeed been some progress made.

    My aloha to you and your readers; mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) for visiting Talking Story. Please do visit again!
    Rosa

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