Being a Strong Manager during Tough Economic TimesMarch 27th, 2009 by
The financial struggles of our nation have affected people of all industries and walks of life. Although we remain constant here at Minuteman Parking Company, you as managers can work to maintain a team that is cohesive by recognizing some of the challenges our employees are having outside of work.
Although your employees arrive at work each day, clock in and begin their shift, there may be issues in their personal lives that are distracting them from their work. They may be concerned about personal debt, financial hardships, family trials, and the nature of their own futures.
What can you do to help your employees be strong members of the Minuteman team?
- Talk with your employees. If you feel an employee is struggling, take the time to talk to them. Reassure them of things that you can, and offer a listening ear to things that are of concern.
- Offer encouragement to employees to help them stay focused and productive. As a manager your bottom line is service, but the employees are the ones representing that bottom line. Make sure you are their champion and their support system.
- Realize that you can build a positive and productive team during challenging economic times. Employees need to know that their work matters. Tell your employees thank you for their work. Praise them for going above and beyond.
Your team has been a success up to this point, and can certainly continue following these principles as well as the Commitments to Excellence. Together we can continue to prosper during these challenging times if we focus on our foundation; service, and those who provide it.