Are You Driving Your Employees Crazy?
As the boss of a new company, you are expected to wear many different hats. You’re in charge of hiring new employees, dealing with finances, and overall, smoothly running a business. But by dealing with everything, are you making your workplace uncomfortable? Employees are hired to help run your company, and make your business grow. More importantly, they are there to help you, and as much as they make your life easier, you’ll get better results if you do the same for them. Without realizing it, little things you do could be driving them crazy, even if you have great intentions. As the boss or owner, your employees may not be comfortable pointing out these traits to you, so it’s important that you realize these bad habits on your own.
Think back to when you hired your employees. Chances are, you chose people who had the experience and knowledge to complete the task at hand. Pair that with the training you supplied once they had the job, and you have an employee who knows what they are doing. So stop micromanaging!! Let them do what they know how to do. Even if perfection is expected, micromanaging demoralizes your employees, wrecks confidence, and only makes them nervous, all of which produce a negative outcome. If employees always expect to be corrected, they won’t put in 100% to begin with, leaving you with half-hearted projects, and only more work for you.
The majority of people want to do a good job, but you need to let them! This means giving them the materials they need (both tangible and intangible) to perform to their abilities. The most important thing is to keep motivation high. Don’t undermine performance. Give a clear list of what is expected, so there are no questions. Keep things on a timely basis, (i.e., make sure meetings start on time, and have a clear objective), so creativity is not constantly stalled or interrupted. Give your employees what they need to do a good job. It might make sense for you to invest in a high quality internet service, or the newest and best copier, even though they may cost more. Knowing that the equipment they need to use will work correctly will cause less stress for your employees, and overall give you a better end product.
Do as you say. It’s easy to lay out rules for your employees, but to do the complete opposite yourself. Using the excuse “I’m the boss” is technically true, but it’s not something people want to hear. You can’t complain about money issues, and then show up in a brand new car. Yes, you started this business on your own and (possibly) deserve more than your employees do, but you need them to trust you and not feel like they’re getting duped. Overall, you need to realize what you may be doing wrong, not just what your employees are doing wrong.