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Ironically, supervisors and managers are sometimes fearful that by telling employees what to do, they will alienate them or make them feel inadequate. However, more often than not, clear expectations actually comfort employees and give them power to get right job done, in right way. That is not to say that supervisors should dictate every step of way; that only stifles creativity and eliminates possibility of improving processes. Nor does setting expectations guarantee success every time.
But don’t let these fears and risks dissuade you from providing employees with appropriate targets. Keep in mind each employee’s skill, experience, education, and preferred learning and communication styles. Provide challenges within employee’s reach. With a clear target, and your coaching and feedback to improve aim and execution, you’ll be amazed at how well employees can hit mark. And that kind of success can be contagious!
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