LPHR Magazine (March 2013) - Page 51

PRACTICES LPHR 3/13 When leaders utilize the Touch Base Practice, they do just that: “Touch Base” with each individual on their team. Scheduling Touch Base Sessions on a structured, monthly basis creates a consistent timeframe in which managers and employees can touch base one-on-one. A fundamental principle, foundation or groundwork for creating an environment where there is open, frequent communication to discuss basics... It’s an opportunity for each individual to build a relationship with the other, unrelated to an annual performance review or a performance coaching where performance metrics (sales results, etc.) are reviewed. The “base” or basis”” of anything is its fundamental principle, foundation or groundwork for creating an environment where there is open, frequent communication to discuss basics is an invaluable practice in a successful leadership toolkit. copy or electronically through an organization’s employee service intranet. Similarly, the leader will also complete a form in advance assessing the members of their team. By taking the time to complete this before meeting together, each person comes prepared to the session and enables the possibility for a deeper dialog or more effective coaching. A copy of the meeting notes should always go to your Human Resource Department for purposes of accurate employee record keeping for the company. HR’s role is also that of an unbiased third party. They keep a pulse of the sessions, your team’s progress and potentially identify opportunities that may be easy to miss from close-up or see potential problems before they arise. The possibilities are endless,within the organization’s standards, Typically, leaders will have each member mission, vision,values and principles. of their team complete a Self-Assessment Touch Base Form, whether hard MARCH 2013 | LPRH.CO FEATURE ARTICLE | Practices