This program will provide an overview of how to manage critical conversations. In addition, it will provide a structured format for initiating and implementing these types of conversations complete with "tips and techniques" to facilitate a successful outcome. And finally, a list of resources in order for participants to gain more knowledge and experience on their own will also be made available.
Interpersonal conflicts, decrease in performance, policy breaches, layoffs, inappropriate behavior in the workplace… are some of the examples when a supervisory personnel must approach a worker to have a "critical conversation." Frequently, there are expectations for both parties (the supervisor as well as the employee) and a lot hinges on how this conversation goes.
Often managers/supervisors/department heads are faced with having to talk with an employee about their performance or behavior in the workplace. From performance reviews to disciplinary reprimands supervisors are called upon to provide direct feedback to a workforce that is increasingly diverse in gender, age, and ethnicity. Further, as changes impact the workplace, managing the morale and increased demands becomes a critical component for any supervisor. Yet, the majority of supervisors report that they receive very limited training in how to provide this critical component of their job. Others explain that they often feel that "things were worse" after the discussion.
Vague or general workplace policies as well as concerns about potential litigation make if increasingly difficult for supervisory personnel to know exactly how to approach a critical conversation with an employee.
Why you should attend
: What we don't learn in college or with an MBA… is how to conduct difficult conversations. Given that the economy is driving the workplace to demand higher levels of performance with an increased sense of anxiety among workers, supervisors of all levels are finding themselves in situations where they must "counsel" their reports. However, these critical conversations are often approached with limited training and experience.
While it is not "rocket science," there are some skills and strategies that can make these critical conversations easier for all parties involved. Further, this program will provide "tips and techniques" that will assure an increased level of successful outcome.
Areas Covered In the Session:
Who will benefit:
- The types of "critical conversations" that are now required in the workplace
- How to prepare yourself for a critical conversation.
- How to prepare the employee for a critical conversation
- The "dos" and "don'ts" of critical conversations.
- How to set up the structure of the critical conversation.
- How to follow-up
- First line supervisors to senior department heads
- Anyone in a supervisory position who is responsible for the performance of other employees
- Human Resources
- Labor Union Representatives
- Employee Relations Personnel