When people get new jobs, they expect to carry out their work in a friendly setting. But, for some folks, the truth is their bosses can make their lives a misery. Some individuals just aren’t cut out to be managers! And, they’re often the reason for issues like high staff turnover.
Do you manage a team of people? If so, have you ever wondered what your staff think of you? Sure, your job isn’t to make friends with your employees. It’s to manage them, right? Still, there are right and wrong ways to go about doing that.
You might feel that you’re the best boss in the world, yet the truth might prove otherwise! In today’s blog post, I will share with you five reasons why your staff might hate you! If any of them apply, I’ll also give you some tips on how to improve things with your workers.
- You hinder what other people do each day
As a boss, one of your many tasks is to oversee what your staff do. Some managers decide to leave employees to it while others “hover” over their workers! Does the latter sound like what you do? If so, you are perhaps annoying and even insulting the intelligence of your staff!
There is a fine line between advising and dictating what they should do! As humans, we can only learn from our mistakes. Yes, you don’t want your employees to make any errors. But, we aren’t a perfect species.
You should identify areas where your employees may need extra training in their work. Once you’ve done that, you should arrange for a pro to give them the training they need. That way, you can concentrate on other areas of your job.
- You treat your staff like they are robots
Did someone once say to you “treat them mean, keep them keen”? If so, why on Earth do you follow that phrase in a literal sense? Your employees are people, just like you. They also have feelings, as do you!
If you go around treating them like a piece of dirt, you won’t earn their respect. In fact, they will usually spend their time cursing you behind your back! I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to work in an environment like that.
Just because someone works for you doesn’t mean you can treat them like a slave. Nor should you humiliate them, especially in front of their co-workers. If you want a phrase or saying to follow, here’s a new one for you:
“Treat others how you would like to get treated.”
In other words, be nice to you and treat them with the respect that they deserve. No-one is saying you need to be best friends with all your workers, of course. But, you should be polite, civil and courteous with your staff. There is nothing demotivating in the workplace than having someone “bark” at you!
- You have a hidden agenda
A bad management practice is to use your staff as pawns in a mental game. For example, you might want to impress your superiors so that you can get a promotion. Or one of your workers might catch your eye, and you want to date them.
Whatever the reason, hidden agendas in the workplace are a no-no for managers! Your staff might not wish to complain of what you’re doing for fear of losing their jobs. And so, they’ll just end up hating you until they’ve had enough and quit.
If you want your staff to trust you, it’s crucial you remain transparent with them. Don’t give them a reason to think you’ve got a hidden agenda. It will seldom end in a good result for you!
- You are harsh to people that take time off sick
Let’s face it; we all have to take some time off work when we are feeling unwell. There is always the temptation to “rough it out” and keep working. But, there comes a point where we don’t have the energy to even stand up!
Sometimes, we might end up taking long-term sick leave because of a medical condition. If that happens with your workers, being harsh to them on their return is a bad idea.
If you’re trying to make them feel guilty for leaving you in the lurch, stop. All you will do is make them want to resign!
Instead, you need to offer a helping hand. Often, it makes sense to get an external firm to give extra support to your employees. Check out websites like www.healthassured.org to see what I mean. Don’t just expect people to carry on working without any issue!
For instance, some folks might need changes to their working environment. Especially if something in the workplace caused them to be ill in the first place!
- You never praise people for a job well done
Last, but not least, you should remember we all want to feel valued in what we do. Let’s say that you manage some telesales people. You will want your boss to thank you for exceeding sales targets this month. That’s because you wish to receive recognition for being a good manager.
In a similar way, those telesales staff want to feel that you noticed their good work. Believe it or not, praise is a good motivation tool. It doesn’t matter if you earn a small wage or a six-figure salary. What does matter is you recognise the efforts of your team.
Of course, you don’t need to praise them for everything they do. After all; your staff are getting paid to do a job! Sometimes, it’s nice to have a “pat on the back” when you go above and beyond the call of duty.
There are many ways you can praise your staff for doing well. For instance, you could offer them an incentive like a cash bonus. Or even a token gesture like a day off that doesn’t get taken from their holiday allowance.
You could even treat your team to a night out on the company. It’s a chance to show your workers that you’re also a human being too, just like them!