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5 Communication Habits of Highly Successful Leaders

5 Communication Habits of Highly Successful Leaders

Great leaders are heard, and understood. They get the results they want. Here’s how.

When you clearly communicate your vision and objectives to your team, you have certain expectations about the outcome of that communication. Yet, I commonly hear entrepreneurs express concern and confusion over their employees’ inability to carry out a plan to the point of meeting, or exceeding, expectations. If this frustration is familiar to you, it may not be because you’ve chosen the wrong employees, but the wrong approach in communicating with them.

In his recently released book If I Can, You Can: Transformation Made Easy, business coach David Zelman talks about how to communicate so that you are heard–and understood.

“Everyone possesses a unique set of internal conversations,” says Zelman. “Outcomes aren’t based on what your employees are being told, but what they are telling themselves.” In his 40 years of leadership coaching Zelman has learned that everyone’s actions are a perfect match to their inner dialogue and correlated to what they are telling themselves, not what others are telling them. 

If you tell your team that you are slashing the price of an existing product, each person hears something different. Your sales team hears, “Great. More demand, but I’ll have to sell more units to make my financial commitment.” Customer service hears, “Better staff up for additional client base.” And production hears, “How are we going to meet the demand? We are already running at capacity.”

“When another person is speaking, we often don’t do a good job of distinguishing what the other person is saying versus our interpretation of what they’re saying,” says Zelman. “In fact, it is uncommon for us to simply hear what is being said. The point is, if you say something to five people, you are most likely having five different conversations.”

It is possible to create a shared vision within your organization, and to inspire your team to contribute meaningfully. Here are Zelman’s top five suggestions on how to help others transform their inner dialogue and dramatically alter the chance of success.

1.  Have conversations that are focused on the future, not the past.

Getting people aligned on a vision or common purpose is one of the primary roles of a leader. Too many conversations revolve around explaining or justifying why something did or did not get done. This is a waste of time and energy. The past is behind us. Build a practice of focusing on the future, of what needs to happen to achieve the vision and goals. And always establish timeframes in which goals will be achieved.

2.   Instead of issuing directives, have a dialog.

By having employees participate in a dialog that creates goals, strategy, and timeframes, you are encouraging them to have a higher level of ownership of the corporate objectives. Create a collaborative culture and people will assume responsibility willingly.

3.   Don’t assume you have been heard.

Communication requires both speaking and listening. The excuse, “It’s not my fault; I told them what I wanted,” just doesn’t cut it. Unless you ask for feedback, such as, “What’s your interpretation of what I just said?” there is too much room for misunderstanding.

4.   Create a culture of authentic communication.

While transparency and inclusiveness are important variables in establishing effective communication, maintaining integrity in communications is even more so. Organizations must build a culture where people are authentically committed to what they say. A promise is a promise. A commitment is a commitment.

5.   Acknowledge and appreciate good work.

When people are recognized and acknowledged for their contribution, they are more likely to continue to create value in the organization. If you stop acknowledging people, they lose their sense of belonging and making a difference.

Leaders who succeed in sustaining effective communication throughout their organization build high-performing teams and thriving companies. How do you achieve your best results?

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Appeal to Millennials in Your Micro Market, Without Losing the Boomers

APPEAL TO MILLENNIALS IN YOUR MICRO MARKET, WITHOUT LOSING THE BOOMERS

For micro market operators, it is important to look at the workforce as it evolves. That means balancing product selection and marketing strategies for the 80 million Millennials now making up the majority of the workforce while continuing to appeal to the Baby Boomer generation encompassing the most spending capital.

In many ways, Millennials and Baby Boomers are different in how they shop and determine value, but there are also many sales strategies that work across multiple generations to make today’s diverse work environment a gold mine for the savvy micro market operator.

Appeal To Millennials In Your Micro Market, Without Losing The Boomers

BRAND LOYALTY CONTINUES

Millennials, or those born from the 1980s to 2000s, can be very loyal to brands, similar to the tendency of the Boomer generation, those born from the 1940s to 1960s. A recent survey of 1,300 Millennials by Forbes found the 60 percent of this age group says that “they are often or always loyal to brands that they currently purchase.” Admittedly, Millennials become loyal to a brand differently than Boomers. They seek brands that evoke beliefs and feelings such as trustworthy, transparent, dependable and those that encourage participation. Boomers usually like brands they know and trust, making national, well known brands or popular local names a good bet for popular selections in the micro market.

AIM FOR HEALTHY, HIP PRODUCTS

Convenience foods seem to be coming into a great era as Millennials are willing to increase their spending in this category, says research group NPD. The latest numbers cited by the convenience store industry show Millennials are spending over 11 percent of their food and beverage budget at convenience stores, compared to just 7.7 percent in 2006.

The NPD Eating Patterns in America study further breaks out the product categories seeing the most growth in the breakfast and better-for-you items for both Millennials and Boomers. The popularity of each segment is expected to increase as we enter 2016. Focusing on quality breakfast items such as bars, sandwiches, wraps and bagels in the micro market will encourage both Millennial and Boomer customers to make eating breakfast at work a ritual and increase sales at the micro market.

Healthy eating is another important aspect that crosses generations with Millennials opting for fresher, less processed products such as organic items, as well as those lower in sugar. Boomers are searching for items that can address their lifestyle needs as they age with an interest in nutritional ingredients as well as a focus on foods lower in calories and sugar. Expanding product selections in these areas will meet preferences of both age groups.

USE COUPONS AND SPECIAL OFFERS

Value is another trait Boomers and Millennials share. They both appreciate a good deal. In a multi-generational retail strategies white paper, Synchrony Financial Analytics found that Millennials and Boomers were very similar in their usage of coupons. Both Millennials and Boomers were more likely to purchase a product if they had a loyalty discount or coupon, 66 percent and 63 percent respectively. This suggests micro market promotions involving coupons for a specific product or discount based on loyalty will be effective across multiple generations. In fact, the same research showed that over 60 percent of both groups were likely to take advantage of discount offers.

Both generational groups also do research about product and companies online. According to Synchrony, 81 percent of Boomers and 90 percent of Millennials have researched a product online in the past three months. For micro market operators, this means their Websites must be working properly and have information that allows both groups to make informed decisions. In addition to the company Webpage, Millennials are specifically influenced by social media. Synchrony found that Millennials were more than twice as likely as Boomers to state that they purchased a product after seeing it on social media.

Social media can still drive sales for Boomer as well as keeping brand awareness high. Mobile interconnectivity is another good strategy that will make a micro market more appealing to multiple generations. After all, Millennials are also only slightly more likely to own a digital device than Boomers (97 percent compared to 88 percent), so having an app or mobile promotions/payments will be advantageous to both groups. This includes a seamless transaction that works well and is easy to perform and is secure.

Marketing is an important part of keeping sales high in a micro market, and is therefore an area of focus for micro market operators looking to maximize profits. Trending product brands that appeal to the quest for quality and nostalgia of Baby Boomers as well as the transparency and collaboration desired by Millennials will be top sellers. Coupons and loyalty programs maximize your potential to lure both groups with additional sales as well as well-working mobile connectivity with the micro market. These are great ways to craft a marketing strategy that will appeal to a work environment that spans generations.

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10 Essentials of the Most Successful Companies’ Break Rooms

10 Essentials of the Most Successful Companies’ Break Rooms

Break rooms are an often overlooked feature of the workplace that can actually be counterproductive if used improperly. Break rooms are so named because they’re intended to encourage a mental and physical break from the daily races of the office, but there are many other ways you can make your break room an effective establishment in your workplace. You don’t need to go crazy with upgrades and fixtures, but if you invest in your break room with some major essentials, you’ll see a difference in your employees’ productivity and satisfaction almost immediately. Take these features of successful company break rooms as inspiration.

1. Free coffee. Free coffee is a staple in most offices for a reason. Make sure you have some kind of coffee available in your break room, with all the extras–sugar, cream, cups, and stirrers, at least. Coffee works as a positive incentive for your workers, functioning as an added perk for the job (pun intended). But keeping a flow of coffee is also beneficial for your company’s long-term productivity. Caffeine increases attention spans, improves focus, and boosts mental energy so your workers can work more and feel rewarded while doing so. Plus, coffee is relatively inexpensive, so it’s a small investment for a potentially large return.

2. Lunch tables. No break room is complete without an area for your employees to actually take a break. Lunch tables are important for the obvious reasons: they give people space to sit down and eat a meal during their lunch breaks. But they also serve a more important purpose–they create a natural opportunity for your workers to engage with one another. Those conversations can help to solve existing problems facing those workers, or promote interpersonal connections and a greater sense of teamwork.

3. Differentiation. Don’t make your break room a simple extension of the rest of your office. Do something to make it stand out. For example, you could change the color of the walls or the layout of the room to make the break room feel like it’s a part of a different building. Making this distinction is important because it will allow your workers to fully disconnect from their workspace and decompress. The change in environment will give them a chance to relax and embrace the change in scenery. When they return to work, they’ll start fresh, and productivity will substantially increase.

4. Games. Games are important in the break room for two reasons. First, they give people a chance to unwind and engage in an activity that doesn’t stress them out. It helps relieve stress and promotes greater productivity when the employees go back to work. Second, if you offer a multiplayer game like foosball or billiards, it promotes bonding amongst your workers and leads to a stronger team mentality.

5. Decoration. The break room should be a lively, stimulating place. Don’t keep white walls with a single poster describing workers’ legal rights. Instead, paint the break room a unique color or feature an idiosyncratic pattern. You can also decorate your tables and walls with various items, from motivational posters to community-based bulletin boards. Whatever you do, it’s important to make the break room an interesting place. Otherwise, it will feel like a part of the office, and your workers won’t feel relaxed. Try not to overthink it either–just create an interesting environment that stands out from the rest of the office.

6. Healthy food options. If you want to go the extra mile, include some healthy food options for your workers. Like with the free coffee, your workers will consider it an extra perk of the job, but there are other benefits to offering healthy food in the break room. A healthy snack can curb workers’ hunger without a sharp spike in insulin, which can lead to a crash later. This way, workers can settle their hunger and improve their productivity without resulting in a lethargic mid-afternoon droop. Include options like nuts, whole grains, yogurt, and fresh vegetables if you can.

7. Comfortable seating. Stiff wooden chairs won’t cut it for a successful break room. Comfortable furniture might cost a bit more, but it will also help your workers feel more relaxed and respected. Since your break room is more than just a place to eat lunch, you could even include a couch or two to accommodate workers just looking to relax. Upgrading your furniture may seem like a trivial improvement, but the long-term benefits are significant.

8. Televisions. Televisions are expensive, and for that reason, they aren’t for every business. But if you can afford to put a television or two in your break room, go for it. Keep them at a low volume and restrict the number of channels available to cut down on their potential as a distraction, but televisions can be extremely valuable in entertaining and informing your employees. A steady stream of relevant information, such as national news, helps your workers feel more involved and get more informed about the happenings of the world outside your office. If you can’t have televisions, newspapers may be a suitable alternative.

9. Celebrations. Break rooms should be host to regular celebrations throughout your company, depending on how and when you choose to honor your employees. For example, you could celebrate individual employees’ birthdays in the break room, or save it for recognizing departmental achievements. No matter what types of celebrations you include, make your break room a place people associate with positive experiences. It will add to the relaxing, separated atmosphere of the room and improve the break time your employees have on a regular basis.

10. Requested features. Finally, truly great break rooms have features that have been requested by your employees themselves. There’s no better way to find out what they value than to simply ask them. In your break room, put a comment box that allows employees to submit ideas they have about how to make the break room a better place. Then, incorporate the most valuable suggestions. It will show that you care about their opinions and it will make them happy when you give them what they want (even if it’s something small). If you feel adventurous, you could apply this concept to your entire company.

You don’t have to have the most advanced break room in the world in order to boost productivity and keep your employees happy. However, if you make the effort to create a place where your workers can truly relax and refresh themselves, they’ll reward you with better work and greater satisfaction.

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The Ultimate Office Break Room Cleanliness Guide

Company Kitchen knows breakrooms. Each year, we transform hundreds of break rooms into interactive markets offering fresh, healthy food. We see how people interact with the food and each other. Last year, we offered Nine Tips for Great Break Room Etiquette. Since being published on our blog, that article has been read thousands of times and has amassed hundreds of shares.

So, we decided to publish our Ultimate Office Break Room Cleanliness Guide. Whether your office has five employees or 500, these rules will help keep your office kitchen and breakroom clean, organized, and germ-free.Break room cleanliness guide

  1. Keep an organized fridge. If you know where everything is, food is less likely to get “lost.” Lunches and leftovers should not stay in the fridge more than two days. Prepared, packaged food shouldn’t stay more than a week. Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and salad dressings will probably get used before they expire, but should not be left open more than two months.Using clear boxes or baskets with handles, like those shown below, can help you group like-items together. Plus, employees can put their food in a box rather than in a large plastic bag.
  1. Properly label food and containers. Label each container for condiments, dressings, sauces, etc. Have blank stickers so employees can put their names on their items, as well as pre-printed stickers with each day of the week on them. After a day or two, you will know it’s time to throw out the leftovers.
  2. Avoid sponges – Use brushes or disposable towels. Sponges are not allowed in restaurants for a reason – they are prime breeding ground for bacteria. The damp, dark environment begs for unhealthy spores to multiply. If you do have a sponge, make sure to wring it dry after each use and have a holder for it to sit in. Do not let it sit on the bottom of the sink!
  3. Have an ice scoop (and use it)! Do you really want everyone’s hands touching the ice you’ll be putting in your mouth?
  4. Prepare an emergency kit. While you should have a first-aid kit for cuts and scratches on hand, think of the emergency kit as a first-aid kit for cleanliness. Include a mop, absorbent towels, wet-floor signs, anti-bacterial or disinfectant counter top cleaner, plunger, and gloves. (It may be more like an emergency closet)
  5. Always have dish soap, hand soap available and disinfectant counter cleaner on hand. Dishes need to be cleaned, hands need to be washed, and counters need to be sanitized. All these products are readily available and do not cost much, but can save your office from getting sick.
  6. Place a box of baking soda in the fridge. DSC_6631
    You can’t control what your coworkers bring for lunch, but you can prevent smelly foods from lingering in there.
  7. Clean coffee pot, fridge, sink and microwave regularly. Especially the handles! These items are touched many times per day be nearly everyone in the office. Regularly cleaning the coffee pot with bleach or Lime Away will prevent it from staining or accumulating lime deposits. The refrigerator and microwave handles and sink faucet should be wiped down daily. Pay close attention to the back – it’s not always visible, but a lot of crud accumulates back there. Finally, when cleaning the inside of the microwave, put a cup of water in there and microwave it for several minutes. The steam will loosen up any spills and splatters and make it easy to wipe off.
  8. Keep trash can dry. If there is a hole in the trash can liner, unknown liquids will drip out. At first, you will not notice it, but after a few days, bacteria can grow and it will stink up the break room. Trash cans are never fun to clean, so prevent them from getting wet in the first place.
  9. Do not leave communal food out for more than 4 hours. This is more about food safety than cleanliness, but it will help your break room look neater. After those birthday pot lucks or holiday parties, so not leave food sitting on the counter all day. Prepared food needs to be refrigerated under 40 degrees or be kept over 140 degrees. Anything in between is optimal conditions for bacteria to thrive. If food has been out more than four hours, throw it away.

Hopefully these tips help you keep your kitchen clean and your employees safe and healthy. Please feel free to leave comments below and let us know what rules you have to keep an orderly break room.