Note to Managers: Just Ask

I’ve been having a series of small
breakthroughs in my home office. This might sound weird, but I work with three
computer monitors. Yep, three. I worked with two for the longest time then
someone suggested that I try three. I thought, “I don’t know. That seems pretty
extravagant.” And it is. But I found myself in a place where I could get a
couple of reasonably priced monitors, so I decided to give it a try.

And if you think working with two monitors is
awesome…three is better. Way better. Anyway a few weeks ago, both
of my external monitors stopped working and I couldn’t figure out how to fix
them. Then finally in a moment of frustration, Mr. Bartender and I looked up
the user manual online, hit three buttons and voila! the monitors started
working.

The next day, I read an article about some
privacy issue with Zoom that instructed me to immediately delete the ap. After
doing some research to determine that was the right thing to do, I went to
double check my webcam permissions and noticed an option for audio permissions.
The reason I’m mentioning this up is because I’ve been looking for this little
box for months! I’ve been trying to find a way to use my headset with my iMac
and it’s been so frustrating. Boom! Done.

When I saw today’s Time Well Spent
from our friends at
Kronos, it was an immediate reminder for me that
sometimes the answers to our biggest frustrations are right in front of us. And
to get the answers we need, sometimes all we have to do is take the time to
ask.

Technology can do the asking for us. In this Time Well Spent, managers are looking for an employee to pick up an open shift. Wouldn’t it be great if the company’s scheduling software automatically asked employees who were qualified and eligible to cover the open shift if they want it? Because that technology exists.

Employees can handle things on their own. Even if your organization doesn’t have technology that automatically reached out to other employees, wouldn’t it be awesome if the open shift was automatically posted in a place where any employee could see it and sign up if they want the extra shift? Because you know, that technology also exists.

Managers can use technology to distribute mass messages. Managers don’t have to sit in their offices calling lists of employees to find someone to fill an open shift. They could use platforms like Workplace by Facebook or the company intranet to let employees know there’s an open shift. The technology already exists.

Sometimes organizations take the long way
instead of letting technology help them, just like my examples above where I
spent a lot of time trying to find something that was right in front of me.

If you don’t know the answer, just ask. If
you’re looking for a better way, just ask. If you want to see if the process
can happen faster, just ask. You get the point. We don’t have to search
for our answers in a sea of noise (or in a
haystack).
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Author: hrbartender
Date/time: 2nd August 2019, 18:03

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