It’s been a while since I last posted in our video series focusing on ideas for employee growth and development, so I’m back with Tip #15. Today’s advice: give your employees the tools and resources they need to succeed.
Set your people up to succeed by giving them the tools and resources they need
As leaders, we give our employees tasks to complete and obligations to fulfill. But occasionally, without meaning to, we inadvertently set them up to fail. “How?” you ask? We do it by giving them the responsibility for the job, BUT not giving them the authority or the resources they need to get the job done.
So we ask an employee to process invoices online but it takes three days for him to get the system access he requires to do it. We’ve set him up to fail.
We bring a new employee on board but there is insufficient time to get her fully trained to do what she needs to do. We’ve set her up to fail.
A staff member is responsible for conducting inventory in the warehouse, but rather than giving him a handheld scanner, we hand him a notebook and a pencil, and tell him to do a manual count. We’ve just set him up to fail. Continue reading