Tips on taking directions and fulfilling tasks:
- Actively listen: Try to listen intently, not just hear.
- Take notes: Instead of trying to remember everything, write it down.
- Ask questions: If you are even slightly unsure of what you are being asked to do, don’t be afraid to question.
How do you follow instructions?
- Listen carefully to the instructions. Remind students that they should think about what is being said.
- Ask questions about anything you don’t understand. Teach students Asking for Help (Skill 2) or Asking a Question (Skill 9).
- Repeat the instructions to the person (or to yourself ).
- Follow the instructions.
Why is it important to follow instructions in the workplace?
Following instructions can preserve one’s health and well being, and it is a necessary skill for a quality life. Rules are necessary for every well-functioning society. Professionals that do not follow instructions place themselves and other people at a greater risk for injury and death.
How do you deal with employees who don’t follow instructions?
9 Ways To Deal With Difficult Employees
- Listen. Often, when an employee is difficult we stop paying attention to what’s actually going on.
- Give clear, behavioral feedback.
- Be consistent.
- Set consequences if things don’t change.
- Work through the company’s processes.
- Don’t poison the well.
- Manage your self-talk.
How do you ensure others have understood your instructions?
Here is the ultimate method for giving directions so that your employees understand and act—the first time.
- Ask, don’t command.
- Emphasize what to do, not what to avoid.
- Explain why it’s important.
- Give freedom of action.
- Remember, it’s a dialogue.