Are you a manager?

If so, you probably seek ways to improve your leadership skills – and as with any skill, you have the opportunity to practice and improve. Like an artist designs an illustration, you design the way you lead, manage and inspire your team.

Managers, I believe if you adopt design thinking concepts, you successfully engage your employees and empower them to accomplish great things.

Jeanne Meister explains how design thinking can shape the employee experience this way:

“At its core, design thinking focuses on creating an employee experience that is intuitive, engaging, and mirrors a consumer experience.”

Nowadays, managers in all types of industries and fields are looking to design thinking as they hone their leadership skills. They want to learn how to think like creators and apply principles of creative design to the workplace.Companies need happy, engaged employees to thrive. When your employees are engaged, they tend to stay at your company a lot longer than disengaged, unhappy employees do. Ask any talent acquisition or HR executive about her top concerns, and she will likely say “retention.”Voluntary turnover packs a nasty punch – including a direct hit on company revenue.

A CAP study found average costs to replace an employee are:

16% of annual salary for high-turnover, low-paying jobs (earning under $30,000 a year)

20% of annual salary for mid-range positions (earning $30,000 to $50,000 a year)

Up to 213% of annual salary for highly educated executive positions

In addition, voluntary turnover includes additional consequences, such as lost

Source: Kforce – Leading by Design

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