I Wish You Would Just... Employee/Manager Handbook

I Wish You Would Just… works toward breaking down typical manager–employee relationship barriers and promotes new levels of understanding, empathy, and cooperation. Based on research conducted with thousands of managers and employees starting in 1997 and continuing today, employees were asked to finish the statement, “I wish my manager would just…” and managers were asked to finish the statement, “I wish my employees would just…” Some answers may surprise you; others will seem quite simple.

Regardless, I Wish You Would Just… will encourage managers and employees to really think about their communication style and understand how it affects their relationship. The book shares the top employees and managers responses.

Employee responses to I Wish You Would Just… include:

  • “Ask for my opinion and take it seriously.”
  • “Don’t just tell me how to do things; show me.”
  • “Value my time as much as your own.”
  • “Say thank you.”

Manager responses to I Wish You Would Just… include:

  • “Be willing to try new things.”
  • “Ask questions when you don’t understand.”
  • “Take more responsibility.”
  • “Say ‘thank you’.

"I Wish" Tip: The versatile I Wish You Would Just... book can be used for the following topics or scenarios: ice breaker/meeting opener, manager effectiveness, leadership, organizational development, manager communication, employee communication, team communication and relationship building.