Being a boss isn’t an easy job, your attitude is just as important as your expertise and abilities. From high-stress office places to quick-paced restaurants, learning to negotiate with your employees requires a unique mixture of people skills and dedication. After all, how our employees behave day to day ends up significantly affecting our culture and business. Happy n Content makes it easy for you, here is how not to behave with your employees.
6 Super Don’ts If You Want to be a Good Boss
1) Treating People Like Replaceable Part Of A Machine
It isn’t the technology or the product that make a company great, it’s the people. It is very important to make sure your employees never feel that you do not care if employees left. That you can easily find and train another person. Enable and absorb employees and their hearts, minds, and talents to do good. Remember when a company has a truly prodigious employee, that employee carries value that simply cannot be replaced. Your employees are your biggest asset and there is a reason why they are called your human resource. Are you using you resource wisely?
2)Do Not Micromanage
A micromanager is he who breathes down your neck and triple checks everything you do. Do not micromanage. Employees can become indignant, declare they’re being bullied, or actually start to perform badly due to the pressure. Some of the other damaging effects micromanagement will leave in it’s wake, are hindering workflow, impeding communication, creating a ‘wait to be told’ culture and discouraging teamwork. Trust your employees. Give employees the power to make decisions. Delegate work and let them own it. Make people accountable to each other.
3) Say No to Overtimes & Pressure Huddles
The sad truth is that many bosses practice unsustainable work behavior- leading to stressed and unhappy employees who are distracted by their search for a new job. One of the preeminent risks for some of your best people on your team is burnout. Frequent overtime means you’re just not prioritizing and handling your work effectively. Employees can only work so much overtime before flaming out. Flaming out and doing incredible work is not sustainable. If you want your employees to perform at high level and not burn out, you better take on sustainable work behavior on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.
4) Friend me not
Being friendly is very important. But as a boss it is sometimes difficult to draw the line. It might lead to perception of favoritism in the office. It will only make your other staffers feel like they are not valued and could have negative implications on their work and perseverance to the company. Even if you think you’re being 100% fair and un-biased, you’ll always be subject to being second guessed. If you allow yourself to get emotionally connected to one employee –those emotions will consciously or unconsciously influence decisions around raises, redundancies, assignments, advancements, etc. Your friend employee may have expectations of you that are unrealistic or unprofessional. Can you mingle with your employees? Or go out for a drink? Sure, but just make it a habit to stick to one drink and be the first to leave. You are either a friend of all or a friend of none.
5) Don’t Let Stress Get the Better of You
Managing a business and your staff can be stressful, you’re constantly in meetings, putting out fires, and dealing with people and projects competing for your attention. But try not to lose your cool. Remember negativity and lack of productivity can be corrosive to any work environment. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask, rather than crumbling under the pressure. If you consider them as your team then you can trust them with your problems too and a good boss always gets some awesome employees who are always eager to help. Bringing excessive emotions into the office – bad or good, isn’t a great idea!
6) Don’t Close the Doors
How many of us have been in a situation where we have felt alienated from the management, the feeling that our voices go unheard and our efforts and works are not seen? It is a very demotivating thing for an employee and it takes a toll on the productivity of a company. Great companies grow from inside, the base of their action is rooted in the solidarity of their team. When you open your doors for your employees, you make yourself approachable to all of them and make them trust you with their thoughts. You motivate your employees to reach you with their thoughts in any form, be it suggestions, feedback or complaint. You’ll see that this not only helps you understand your team better and curb dissatisfaction among your team members, but many times you’ll also get many ideas for your business.
Rising to the top of the corporate ladder is a dream for many, but it can be a reality for professionals who enhance their management skills, develop leadership qualities and hone their organizational abilities. Always keep in mind that a motivated workforce will be a happier, prolific, profitable and ensures an exciting place to work. Do you have what it takes to be a good boss?
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