oyee+Participah1">What Can I Do to Increase Employee Participation?=/p> E

Maybe the problem t+Cyour communication style. Ralph Stayer, CEO and owner of Johnsonvilnt Foods, a sauswge manufacturer in Kohler, Wt+., was trying to encourwge employee+Can take more initiative. So he begww.di/mening to himself talk--literally. He started tape-recording at+Cstaff meetings.

When he di/mened to the tapes, Stayer heard himself saying distinctly unempowering things, along the dine+Cof "What doCyou think? Here's what I think." Painful as it was to play back at+Cown words, Stayer says the tape recordings helped him unscritand and change at+Cmanagement style.

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