Knowing how to enhance the skills we don’t have is critical as working to grow better at what we do. Find out how Tony Joseph Fernandez, DEI Ally and Program Manager at PIT Solutions and one of the Top 100 Great People Managers of 2021 by Great Manager Institute® published in Forbes India, brought in a more constructive and collegial atmosphere allowing professional development and positive character development.

“I block my teammates’ calendars to end work on time.”

When necessary, Tony urges his team members to stretch and makes an effort to maintain a healthy work-life balance. He claims that maintaining a work-life balance is crucial, and he makes an effort to be a motivator and encouraging presence by setting up calendar blocks that force them to finish work on time in order to build stronger rapport and create a productive workplace.

“Create a friendly environment.”

Tony tries to connect with the entire team to promote a friendly and cooperative environment, which helps foster fun and friendship. He encourages everyone to engage and converse openly since he doesn’t want the day to be all work. Any subject under the sun may be discussed, but undoubtedly not work.

“Maintain an open chat policy.”

Tony makes efforts to constantly be available for the team so that nothing hinders their work. He continues to have an open conversation policy and makes an effort to ensure as much communication as possible using Microsoft Teams, call and WhatsApp. He claims the team can communicate seamlessly and effectively at the most number of touchpoints during this activity.

Great Managers Institute® is on a mission to bring out the best in industry leaders. In our series “Is Your Work Family Happy”, we are sharing the best workplace practices of India’s Top 100 Great People Managers of 2021.

According to GMI, this is what we can learn from Tony Joseph Fernandez’s story: 

1. To finish on time, block your coworkers’ calendars 
2. Build a welcoming and cooperative environment 
3. Be available for employees

If you believe your leadership skills are at par with the best practices shared in this story, participate in Great People Manager Study and get a chance to feature in India’s Top 100 Great People Managers list. We are eager to hear your story. Register here!

Cheers to great leaders!