What does one use communication binders for? I thought to myself as my district manager lightly covered some tactics other successful managers do. As a teacher I wanted to avoid the use of these binders considering the ideas I had to utilize them for were eerily close to the ideas that I had for my sixth grade readers. I would place worksheets and homework, notes to parents, and class schedules into these binders which students were to take home each night. The next morning they would bring them back and I would pull out completed homework and replace them with a past graded assignment for them to in turn take it back home to their parents again that night.
When I did introduce binders the staff seemed extremely receptive to the idea and I watched their motivation and confidence improve. Tasks were efficiently completed, and I was able to train with them individually even on my days off.
Uses for Communication Binders from Manager to Employee:
2. Daily Tasks
3. Weekly product challenges (these we will cover on a later date)
4. Training exercise tailored for individual employee weaknesses
6. Action Plans for Improvement
Use for Communication Binder from Employee to Manager:
1. Days requested off
2. Department product shortages
3. Questions on Training Exercises
5. Action Plans for Improvement returned
What other uses could you think of to utilize a communication binder?
Bonus: I used to color code employees as based on their notebook color. All notes to and from employees were written in their correlated color of post-it and/or pen.