11 Agencies Are Now Using the Highly Effective Human Service Managers Program

11 human service organizations with 15 to 150 management staff are using this innovative, 12-month program. Participants receive The Essential Handbook for Highly Effective Human Service Managers and a workbook. The program consists of 12 monthly module meetings where management staff come together, discuss the chapter readings, and engage in various group activities. Total monthly time commitment is approximately 1.5 hours.

This is the ideal professional development experience that will enhance leadership/management functioning of all participants, collaboration, and employee performance/retention. I was in North Carolina a few weeks ago working with two agencies that are now using the program. Staff was very excited!

How to Get Employees to Give More Feedback

Interesting article regarding how to get employees to speak more about issues occurring within the team. Most employees do not speak much, even when prompted by managers. This could be due to concerns about retaliation, being seen in a negative light, etc. Additionally, many employees simply have been socialized to not speak much, even when nearly everyone sees the same thing.

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Is Your Agency’s Culture Toxic?

The below article outlines 8 issues that can lead to an organization being considered toxic to work for. Numbers 7 and 8, high employee turnover and lack of management accountability are symptoms of organizational dysfunction. Take a look at the article to see more. How do you contribute to the culture of your organization?

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Experiencing High Employee Turnover? See This.

This article identifies 10 potential reasons for employee turnover issues in an organization. One of them looks at investing in a leadership development program. The Highly Effective Human Service Managers Program addresses several of the points discussed in the below article.

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New 3-Day Training Being Offered for Supervisory Staff

Tim will be offering a three day, comprehensive training for supervisory staff in the human services focused on identifying the top reasons behind employee turnover in the field, solutions, and a variety of proven ways management staff can stand out as highly effective leaders. Feel free to reach out to learn more or stay turned for updates.

Sense of Accomplishment Needed for Employees
Recent research has identified the importance of sense of accomplishment in the retention of human service professionals. Of course, other factors influence retention, but let’s focus on how managers can focus on this area to improve the commitment of staff to stay with the organization and consistently perform at high levels.

Have you ever felt like you did not accomplish much in a particular day or week? Have you ever felt like your position may not have much impact? Your employees probably feel the same way and it is vital for you to take a few moments from time to time to point out the positive impact they have-for clients, the department, and the organization.

For example, it could be the individual that walks around the office and says “good morning” to everyone. This often has a large impact on people, especially if that person stops doing it. This is where we can pull that individual aside to let them know about the positive impact they have. Managers need to be aware and mindful of the little things their staff does so they can point these things out. Consider how one speaks to a client on the phone, the pride they take in the quality of their work, etc.

A quick observation can give your employees a significant boost.

Protecting High Performance Employees from Burnout

This is a common challenge for managers, we tend to lean on employees who always deliver. However, we may not be mindful of their stress levels and if we go to them too often we may be contributing to their burnout. See the below article for more information.

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Vicarious Trauma and the Organization’s Role

Dombo and Blome (2016) studied vicarious trauma in child welfare workers and the organizational responses. They point out that, while most child welfare organizations and administrators are overwhelmed, there needs to be a cohesive organizational approach. Prior research found that up to 35% of the child welfare in an organization reported symptoms of vicarious trauma.

Prior studies have also identified the following self-care strategies: finding a better work-life balance, being physically active, engaging in creative activities, focusing on religion or spirituality, and adopting mindfulness meditation strategies.

A thought to consider: This study outlines the importance of adopting strategies throughout the organization that address self-care. Self-care is often spoken about, but it is typically left up to the individual to engage in self-care rather than the organization taking the lead. Referring employees to EAP is not adequate. What do you do to consistently help your staff? What does your organization provide?

Dombo, E.A. & Blome, W.W. (2016). Vicarious trauma in child welfare workers: A study of organizational responses. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 10 (5), 505-523.

10 Components of an Effective Leader

Google spent several years researching the components of an effective leader and came up with 10. You are going to want to see this, its a great summary of vital skills that all leaders need to excel. Which of these traits do you feel you do well? Which one(s) could use more attention?

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Boost Your Emotional Intelligence with These Questions

A large part of effectively leading others involves being self-reflective. Emotional intelligence is part of the continuum and involves being self-aware. Self-awareness can be challenging because it means we need to look inward and ask difficult questions. See the below article for a few to consider.

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