If you are like most managers, you have made your share of mistakes. We learn, improve, and move forward. Did you know, however, that there are a set of mistakes managers just like you and me, make consistently? Here are the top four.
1. We Don’t Ask for Input.
Research shows that today’s workforce needs to feel like they have a say in what happens to them and the company for which they work. While most employees are pretty reasonable and don’t feel the need to voice their opinion for every detail, it is important to include them on both the big picture decisions and the minor day-to-day housekeeping. When you don’t ask for your people for input, especially when it directly impacts their job, employees get the impression that they do not matter.
2. We Ask for Input, But Don’t Use it.
Perhaps worse than never asking is asking and then ignoring. This can have a negative impact because employees often think you already had your mind made up before you asked. This leads to mistrust and cynicism. Don’t let your team believe their manager was just checking off a box when you do ask for input.
3. We Don’t Take Time to Explain “Why.”
We all want to know why a decision was made or why things are going in a different direction. Simply being told what is happening isn’t enough. Explaining the “why of things” won’t ensure your team is happy with the outcome but they will feel like they understand their situation better.
Furthermore, not explaining why may cause employees to jump to the following conclusions:
- My manager doesn’t know what is going on.
- My manager is hiding things from us.
Just take a little time to explain things and it will go a long way with people.
4. We Force our Team to Work Chronically Under-staffed
Most businesses today are cutting costs and trying to run lean. This causes a tipping point where your best employees are feeling the most stress. While running understaffed for a short campaign can actually rally a team and create unity. However, after they have faced the adversity, they have to have some relief. Running your team under-staffed is a recipe for burnout.
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