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Is your team suffering from “Leave Alone/ Zap” management?

Engagement strategies, such as an employee reward program, seek to remedy a significant problem that inflicts many company teams with malaise and lackluster performance: negligent or negative management approaches.

Engagement strategies, such as an employee reward program, seek to remedy a significant problem that inflicts many company teams with malaise and lackluster performance: negligent or negative management approaches. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, workplace consultant Bill Sims Jr. has deemed the tactic "Leave Alone/ Zap" management, and it needs to change.

"Simply put, it means that we leave employees alone and say nothing when they do something right, but we are quick to 'zap' or to punish them when they make a mistake," Sims told the news source.

Instead of interacting with workers only when issues arise, supervisors should integrate positive reinforcement into their techniques, Sims suggested. For example, using reward and recognition programs to acknowledge achievements can improve retention rates, job satisfaction, performance and ultimately the bottom line. The news source noted that as the job market improves, workers have more career options, so keeping talent in-house is becoming an even more important goal.

Although engaged workers are generally more productive, innovative and loyal, relatively few employees are actively engaged worldwide, as numerous studies have found. For organizations with workforces that need a little boost, getting managers to regularly offer their team members positive feedback and motivation might be a good place to start.

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