While UC Merced leadership is responsible for high-level communication on issues related to the campuswide mission, strategic direction, overall planning and budgeting, growth objectives and other broad issues, managers and supervisors play a vital role in making sure employees understand their unit’s goals and how those activities connect to the big picture.
For people in organizations to become engaged, they need consistent communications from their leaders and managers. Leaders are key in influencing employees’ level of engagement.
Managers and supervisors should be the first and most trusted source of information for employees.
Studies have shown that employees prefer to receive information from their direct supervisor. While they appreciate getting the “big picture” from senior leadership, most want to hear how their workgroup will be affected from the person(s) to whom they report.