Management by walking around (MBWA) is a common management practice that can be very helpful in managing and engaging employees, setting a good example, and staying in touch with what’s really happening with employees.
It means that the manager leaves his or her office to go out “onto the floor” of the office, plant, lab, etc. and see what people are doing. The purpose is two-fold: both to learn what is going on and get a sense of morale, and also to demonstrate that you’re interested and present.
Here are 8 tips that will help you and your employees benefit from MBWA without it turning into “prowl, growl and scowl.”