A difficult but necessary part of a manager’s duty includes having difficult conversations. Here are some tips for having those conversations in a respectful, clear manner.
- Prepare for the tough questions. If communicating a freeze on raises, for example, anticipate the frank, pointed questions an employee may have and be prepared with a proper response.
- Be honest, but don’t betray private information. If communicating an increase in health benefit costs, for example, don’t say that a certain demographic of people are the cause for the increases.
- Really listen. If an employee voices concerns, listen to them. Don’t become defensive and close yourself to feedback. These are conversations; not one-sided speeches.
- Document. Especially in the case of performance or disciplinary feedback, it is important to document the conversation and get the employee’s signature.
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