Good intentions, terrible leader? How do you know if this is you?
When you decide to become an entrepreneur, you’re not just announcing to the world that you have ideas and plan to make them a reality. You also agree to be a leader, and that’ll happen as soon as you hire your first employees.
The problem is, it takes time to acquire leadership skills, and in all likelihood, you’ll be navigating blind for the first few months. While you can’t expect to be the perfect boss at all times, there’s every chance that you are - often unintentionally - annoying your employees in one way or another. And if you want your company to be happy and productive, then this is one thing you need to avoid. Below, we take a look at fifteen common ways bosses annoy their employees.
Take a read, and you’ll be on your way to being a better boss!
A Lack of Faith
You’ve hired your employees to do a job for you, right? Then you have to show them you have a belief that they’re able to do the job well. Employees are just like any other human being; they’re able to detect when someone believes in them. Of course, having a robust hiring process in the first place will ensure you get the right person for the job, which should be enough for you to have belief in them. As soon as they agree to work for you, it’s up to you to trust that they’re going to perform their duties well.
Hard to Track Down
You have a million and one tasks to take care of, and if you’ve hired properly, then you won’t need to always in the office, keeping an eye on your workers. But no matter where you are, you need to ensure that your staff can always get in contact with you should they need your help. This all comes down to communication; if your team feel like you’re an absent owner or just simply can’t get in touch with you, then they’ll have nowhere to turn when they need help.
It’s always a bit chaotic being in charge of a business, especially in the early days, but you need to keep in mind how a lack of organization can affect productivity, and just as crucially how your employees view your leadership. You need to have a system for holiday requests, shift schedules, and a process for when people are ill and unable to come into work. Fortunately, there are tools that can help you achieve these goals. Have a look at your needs and ask yourself: What’s the best work schedule app for my team? Once you’ve got that covered, your staff will be happier knowing that the nuts and bolts of the business are well taken care of.
You are a part of the team of workers, but you’re also in charge of them. The results of poor leadership can be catastrophic for a business; indeed, it can spell the end, no matter how great the business model is. As a leader, you need to ensure that all the cogs of the machine are working in sync. Your employees and company depend on it. If they think that leadership is poor or non-existent, then your workers will quickly lose enthusiasm for their work.
One Rule For Workers, Another for the Boss
If you’re asking your employees to work hard and stay late, then you better believe that you have to do the same. Being the boss doesn’t give you special privileges; if anything, you need to be doing more than your workers. It’s your company after all. If you’re adopting a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ attitude, then your workers will soon lose respect for those in charge. If you take a business trip and fly first class, then everyone in your business should fly first class.
Employees Are People Too
You are not in charge of a team of drone bees. Each member of your staff has their own hopes and ambitions, their own fears and personal problems. It’s up to you to engage with them on a personal basis. You don’t have to be friends with them, but you should show an interest in what’s going on in their life. If someone receives good news, then make a fuss about them. If someone needs to take personal leave because of a problem, then treat them as you’d like to be treated yourself. It’s basic stuff; otherwise known as being a human 101.
Out of Sight, On Your Mind
If you treat your employees well, then they’ll work hard to ensure that they do a great job for you. But, unlike you, your company is not their life, it’s their job, and it would be foolish - not to mention arrogant - to think anything else. When they’ve clocked out of work, then don’t want to take the office home with them. They want to enjoy their leisure time and spend time with friends and family. You’ll quickly become an annoying boss if you’re calling and emailing them outside of work hours. Unless it’s a genuine emergency, leave all contact for working hours. And never call them when they’ve booked time off work!
Lack of Consistency
There are certain responsibilities you acquire when you become a boss. Consistency is one of them. If you’re forever changing your mind once you’ve made a decision, then your employees won’t know where they are when it comes to doing their jobs. More problematic than that are mood swings. You’re under a lot of pressure at work, but you have to remain calm and collected. If you shout at your employees because you’re angry, then you’ll have lost them forever (unless you apologize). Even if you’re normally nice, they’ll never be sure that you won’t flip your lid on them in the future. Not conducive to a happy, open workplace!
Micro-management. There’s not a single talent employee on the planet who enjoys it. If you’ve assigned a task to a worker, then let them get on with it. It’s as simple as that.
Your employees will have good ideas. Whether you choose to listen to them or not is up to you. If your default position is to be negative when an employee presents an idea to you, then you’ll soon find that your best workers are looking for new jobs elsewhere. It’s up to you to be positive; attitude is, after all, a choice. Learn to be more open to ideas that haven’t stemmed from your own brain. Your staff will be happier, and your company will grow if you do.
Closed Office Culture
You can’t expect your staff to know every detail about your business, but they don’t want to feel like they’re being kept in the dark more than they’re getting the news. The best office cultures are the ones that are open, where people are informed and can progress accordingly. Aside from anything else, keeping your workers in the dark shows a lack of trust, which we’ve already shown can erode working relationships.
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