Happy employees, Happy manager

What does it take to manage well? It is, of course, widely admitted that a manager’s success is inextricably tied to the productivity and wellbeing of her people. If your subordinates are not fulfilled at their work, it could be an indication that you are not doing your job well. So how can I assess how well I am managing them?

The reserach organization, Gallup, has enquired globally into what makes employees actively engaged in the workplace. What gives them fulfillment and makes them happy and productive in their work? Their responses are summarized in the table* below. I think everyone who leads or manages people can derive some wisdom from this.

Elements of Great Managing

*This table was sourced from the article ‘China, We have a Workplace Problem’ which can be found here


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