The Ins and Outs of Managing Youth Services (Fall 2013)

The fall issue of YALS is all about the future of libraries and teens. This post highlights one of the articles in the issue on managing youth services in a public library.

creative commons image of meeting by Kifo The easiest way to create a chaotic working environment and discredit yourself as a manager is to be exclusive and detached.

 A year ago while preparing for a presentation about motivating staff, especially during tough times, I conducted surveys geared towards managers and employees. The results showed that both managers and staff appreciate being included in organizational decision making as well as being updated with potential changes that could reflect the way they work. Furthermore, even when final decision didn’t occur in employees’ favor, they still felt included if asked their opinions and were given genuine consideration.
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