Chapter 9 Top Performance through Empowerment, Teamwork, and Communication
Learning Goals1 Describe why and how organizations 5 Describe the factors that cause empower employees. conflict in teams and how to manage conflict.2 Distinguish among the five types of teams in the workplace. 6 Explain the importance and process of effective communication.3 Identify the characteristics of an effective team and summarize the stages of team 7 Compare the different types of development. communication.4 Relate cohesiveness and norms to 8 Explain external communication and effective team performance. how to manage a public crisis.
Empowering Employeess Empowerment - giving employees authority and responsibility to make decisions about their work without traditional managerial approval and controls Sharing information and decision-making authoritys Keeping them informed about company’s financial performances Giving them broad authority to make workplace decisions
Linking Rewards to Company Performances Employee Stock Ownership Plans s 13 million workers at 10,500 companies participate. s Gives employees ownership, leading to potential profits as the value of their firm increases and motivating them to work smarter and harder.s Stock Options s Right to buy a specified amount of company stock at a given price within a given time period. s Being offered more and more to employees at all different levels. s 1/3 of all options go to the top five executives at a firm.
Teamss A team is a group of employees who are committed to a common purpose, approach, and set of performance goals.s Mutually responsible and accountable for accomplishing objectives.s Ability to work on teams often emphasized during the hiring process.s Work teams are groups of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose.s Two-thirds of U.S. firms currently use work teams.
Team Characteristicss Team Size s Can range widely, but most have fewer than 12 members. s Ideal size is often six or seven members.s Team Level and Team Diversity s Team level - average level of ability, experience, personality, or any other factor on a team. s Team diversity - variances or differences in ability, experience, personality, or any other factor on a team.
Team Cohesiveness & Normss Team cohesiveness is the extent to which team members feel attracted to the team and motivated to remain part of it.s Increases when members interact frequently, share common attitudes and goals, and enjoy being together.s Cohesive teams quickly achieve high levels of performance and consistently perform better.s Team norms are the informal standards of conduct shared by team members that guide their behavior. s Can be positive or negative.
Team Conflicts Conflict - when one person or group’s needs do not match those of another, and attempts may be made to block the opposing side’s intentions or goals. s Cognitive conflict focuses on problem-related differences of opinion. s Reconciling these differences strongly improves team performance. s Affective conflict refers to the emotional reactions that can occur when disagreements become personal rather than professional. s Team leaders should facilitate good communication so that teammates respect each other and work cooperatively.
Importance of EffectiveCommunications Communication is the meaningful exchange of information through messages.s Managers spend 80 percent of their time in direct communication with others.s Company recruiters rate effective communication as the most important skill they’re looking for in hiring new college graduates.
Cultural Contexts Communication in low-context cultures tends to rely on explicit written and verbal messages. s U.S., Switzerland, Germany, Austrias Communication in high-context cultures depends not only on the message itself but also on the conditions that surround it, including nonverbal cues, past and present experiences, and personal relationships between the parties. s Japan, Latin America, India
Listenings Cynical listening: Receiver of a message feels that the sender is trying to gain some advantage from the communication.s Offensive listening: Receiver tries to catch the speaker in a mistake or contradiction.s Polite listening: Receiver listens mechanically to be polite rather than to communicate.s Active listening: Requires involvement with the information and empathy with the speaker’s situation; the basis for effective communication.
Formal Communications Flows within the chain of commands Downward communications Upward communications Open and honest communication is key
Open Communications With open communication, employees feel free to express opinions, offer suggestions, and even voice complaints.s 7 Characteristics of Open Communication: s Employees are valued s High level of trust exists s Conflict is invited and resolved positively s Creative dissent is welcomed s Employee input is solicited s Employees are well-informed s Feedback is ongoing
Informal Communications Informal communication is to carry messages outside formally authorized channels.s The grapevine is an internal channel that passes information from unofficial sources.
Nonverbal Communications Nonverbal communication transmits messages through actions and behaviors.s Gestures, posture, eye contact, tone and volume of voice, and even clothing choices are all nonverbal actions that become communication cues.s Have a far greater impact on communications than many people realize.
External Communications External communication is a meaningful exchange of information to major audiences: customers, suppliers, firms, general public, government officialss Every communication with customers should create goodwill.s Communication during crisis: s Respond to crisis quickly. s Put top company management in front of the press. s Stick to the facts. s When you don’t know, offer to find out. s Never say “no comment.” s Speak to your audience.