Maintaining Project Team Productivity Through Inclusion
As you improve your skills as a project manager, you will find that the skills that are the most difficult to master are those that have to do with people management. One reason is that organizations often have policies or statements that reflect their objectives as to how their employees are to be treated. These policies are even part of how organizations promote themselves to potential job candidates and in the marketplace.
Your specific actions may not be immediately clear to you, but you still realize that it is important to the success of the policies and your career. Here's a plan of action to become an inclusive PM.
Build Your Foundation
Here are three areas to keep in mind:
- Company policies and communications: It is better if you work with a strong foundation from which to base your guidance for the team and your actions. The source of this foundation is best when it comes from your own organization. Look for specific policies regarding inclusion and interaction with diverse team members. They will set general expectations.
- Leader communications: Next, look for communications from leaders with additional information on what is expected in the way of inclusive behaviors. These will supplement the policies, perhaps adding more specificity.
- Training: Finally, look for training and meetings specifically around inclusion. For
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