Progressive workplaces no longer practice top down command and control hierarchical management - if they ever did. More recognition exists that every employee is more motivated and contributing when their hearts and minds are engaged in fulfilling work. These employees can't contribute as effectively if they are working in an environment in which another employee tells them what to do and how to do it.
A degree of autonomy, within the organization's goals and framework, is needed for contribution and success. Thus, the role of a middle manager has become that of coach, mentor, and team leader, as well as boss. Middle managers are your frontline contact with employees. They communicate the information that employees need to know to succeed.
In this environment, you cannot leave middle managers out of the important discussions. Our guest writer, Shirley Engelmeier (pictured), has three recommendations for their inclusion.
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