Managing an employee with a different communication style

There are things you can do as a manager to optimize your working relationship with an employee who processes information in a different way.


1. Cover your bases

Step one is triage. Start by asking your employee how he best receives information. It’s possible he’ll be super self-aware and tell you exactly what he needs (i.e., he needs you to give a real-life example with every task so he understands the application). That’s awesome, but especially if you have a project due presently, it’s still a good idea to cover all your bases and explain the project in writing, in a discussion, and through a working example. Though may it seem like this would take too much time, expressing yourself such that your employee can actually assist you will save time over doing (or re-doing) the project yourself…

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