Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM) ensures that its employees are challenged, provided continual opportunities for growth, and treated fairly with respect and dignity. High standards have been set for staff, and the work and environment are motivating, says Jo Jackson, chief financial officer, who is responsible for the HR function for the 85-employee workforce as part of her job responsibilities.
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Bersin by Deloitte’s The Corporate Learning Factbook® 2013: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market (www.bersin.com/clf-us) found that “spending and resource allocations differ markedly, depending on the L&D organization’s focus and effectiveness.” In 2012, mature U.S. companies spent 34 percent more than companies at the lowest maturity level—with an average expenditure of $867 per learner compared to $706.
One of the most important things effective leaders can do—regardless of their leadership style is to build credibility and trust with everyone they work with. Here are some tips for building credibility and trust:
- Always set a good example. Leaders never say, "Do as I say, not as I do." They do as they expect their employees to do.
- Keep commitments. Nothing destroys credibility quicker than when someone in a leadership position fails to make good on commitments. It’s better not to make a promise or commitment than to fail to deliver.
- Always tell the truth. Of course, sometimes you must keep confidences or be judicious about the information you share. But make sure what you do say is true. Once you’re caught in a lie, your credibility will always be in question.
- Be fair. If you want employees to trust you, you have to have their best interests at heart. You have to treat them all fairly and provide equal opportunity.
- Admit your mistakes to build credibility and trust, and encourage employees to do the same. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. The successful leader admits mistakes, learns from them, and moves on.
People sometimes confuse leadership with power. Leaders are often portrayed as hard-driving, hardnosed, and headstrong. And many good leaders have those qualities, to be sure. But it takes both force and influence to lead others effectively. The two approaches complement each other and create a powerful, yet adaptable force for action. Good leadership always balances power and influence.
Here are some exercises you can recommend to employees during back safety training. These easy tune-ups can help condition and increase flexibility to prevent back injuries.
WARNING: Advise employees to consult with their doctor before starting any exercise program. If they are badly out of shape or already have a back problem, some of these exercises may not be appropriate.