10 Nov, 2015
by Marco Nink
Helping employees to set and achieve goals is a crucial responsibility for managers. But to encourage excellence, it’s important for managers to do more than hand their workers a job description or a list of tasks to be accomplished. To empower employees to take initiative and inspire high performance, the best managers focus on their employees’ strengths, not on their weaknesses.
The reality for many German workers is much different, though, as Gallup research shows. Only four in 10 German employees strongly agree that “My manager focuses on my strengths or positive characteristics” (37%). And only one in five strongly agree that they had a meaningful discussion about their strengths with their manager in the past three months (21%).