Being a manager is hard work. Not only are you required to deliver on performance goals, but you have to oversee so many different personalities. It’s easy to get tripped up in the process. To help ensure this doesn’t happen to you, here are a few things you should always avoid doing to keep your team intact:
Do you arrive in the morning, go right to your office, then shut the door? This makes it seem like you’re not accessible and don’t care about your people. Instead, take some time to say hello and talk to your staff.
In today’s world, a lot of communication happens electronically through email and text. However, it should not be the only way you talk to your team. Make an effort to pick up the phone and also connect with them in person. This will go a long way in building strong relationships.
If you don’t set clear goals and milestones for your staff, they’ll flounder. Likewise, if you keep moving or changing the goalposts, they’ll be frustrated and confused.
On the other hand, being a helicopter boss is a recipe for disaster. Employees want to know what you need them to do, then step back and let them make decisions about how to achieve those goals.
Do you nitpick every mistake and never praise your employees? They’re going to get frustrated over time and move onto a more positive workplace.
If you’re a gossip, it’s time to stop. You’re not only setting a bad example for your team, but also sabotaging trust and loyalty when you should be building it.
There are certain jobs that no one wants to do. However, if you’re always delegating them to others – and never taking on any yourself – it’s going to set the wrong tone for your team.
If you shoot down every idea an employee has or always look at the glass as half empty, your attitude will rub off on your staff. While you don’t want to be unrealistically optimistic, it’s important to be balanced when it comes to your attitude.
You’re human and likely have employees you favor over others. However, don’t treat your people differently and play favorites. Make sure you’re honest, fair and transparent with everyone.
When things go right, do you take all the credit with your boss? When mistakes are made, do you point fingers? When you act in this way, you’re going to paint yourself in a bad light to those above you in the company, as well as your staff.
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