Tips for employees
- Share your ideas and concerns – ask questions, examine how things are working, make suggestions, find out what others are doing that works. Now is the time to get involved, as we look at building on our strengths, doing things in new ways and managing change.
- Develop responsibility for your ongoing learning in the workplace and contribute to the learning of others. Realize the strengths you already have through self-examination and feedback from trusted others (supervisor, client, colleague). Find out what skills or knowledge might take you further on your desired path and discuss how you might gain them (interview people, serve on a work group, engage in cross training, attend workshops, etc.).
- Don’t make negative assumptions or take things personally when faced with change! Most of us operate with good intentions and only a piece of the puzzle. Show interest, ask questions, voice concerns constructively and in a safe context of trust. Share your ideas, even if you have earlier and they didn’t seem to be heard. Now is the time for creative solutions and input!
- Take a learning approach (versus blame of self or other) to challenges and potential set-backs, whether individual or team related. Whatever your position, encourage questions such as:
- What did we/I learn from this experience?
- What worked, what didn't?
- What were the challenges and obstacles?
- What facilitated movement?
- What could we/I have done differently?
- What positives do we/I want to hold on to and carry forward?
- Learn from what works as well as from what doesn’t, by debriefing within your own team, with clients or with others who have adopted best practices. Build on strengths and celebrate successes!
- Even if you don’t feel ready to raise these questions in your work group or with your supervisor, they may help you on your own career path, as you reflect upon your own experience.
Build Effective Social/Team Interaction
- Collaborate productively with others in work groups and diverse teams, across employee units and levels. You might find the experience energizing and build a network of meaningful work relationships where you realize just how you make a difference.
- Encouraging trust, openness, creativity and grounded facts in service of the task. Share information on the accomplishments and challenges you see in your service, and create opportunities for brainstorming, inviting client input, etc.
- Express your interest in learning from others through cross-training and share your knowledge and skills with colleagues.
- Make sure you are kept in the loop and understand just how your contribution fits into the needs and priorities of your unit. If you are not informed, ask about the unit priorities, the expectations your supervisor and colleagues have of you. Find about the peaks and valleys in terms of work demands on your team. Are there ways in which you would like to become more involved?
- Ask for feedback and encourage conversations about your work interactions .If you are in the M category, ensure that you are having meaningful Performance Dialogues that include conversations about objectives, competencies and development and career aspirations. Whatever your position, you may find the 7 behavioral competencies identified for Ms useful.