What my five-year-old has taught me about improving employee behavior

What my five-year-old has taught me about improving employee behavior

Since the pandemic hit, most people have embraced remote working and retreated into their improvised home offices. During this time, I’ve learned many lessons. But I have to say my five-year-old has taught me one of the most important ones. Let me share it with you, as it will come in handy on every work floor!

Do not disturb, please

Who doesn’t remember when Professor Robert Kelly’s two children tottered into the room while their father was being interviewed on BBC News? It was way before COVID-19, but the video quickly went viral because it showed us such a recognizable situation. The kids are completely oblivious to the fact that Dad is working, and Mom desperately tries to help her husband out by pulling them away.

Recently, we brainstormed how to prevent this type of incident at our home. See, our five-year-old daughter has no stage fright. She doesn’t hesitate to walk in when my wife is on a conference call. In fact, she likes to wave at the ten or so people on the screen. So, I sat down with my toddler and encouraged her to come up with a solution. I told her to get creative, and she did. Over the next few days, she carefully designed a stop sign for her mother to hang on the door when she doesn’t want to be disturbed.

It has turned out to be a great solution. Every time our daughter spots her own sign on the door, she smiles and goes into any room but her mother’s. Problem solved.

Empower and trust your employees

What strikes me is that my daughter has no problem adhering to a rule she created herself. The solution is so effective because we allowed her to improve her behavior.

At Texas Digital, we believe this is how you should treat employees, too. Don’t tell them what to do. Talk to them, empower them to solve issues by sharing the right information, and trust that they’ll do the right thing.

Visual Management will help you achieve this goal. Texas Digital will, too. When organizing business workshops, we involve employees. We make sure their voices are heard and incorporate their insights into the solution — which provides them with actionable, real-time information, so they can independently solve problems as they occur.

Want to explore your Visual Management opportunities? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to perform a Quick Scan and discuss your information sharing strategy.

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