Thursday, March 17, 2016
Common Management Mistakes
1. You want to be friends with your employees
This absolutely does not work. Once you’ve reached the ranks of upper-level management, the increase in pay also comes with an increase in responsibility. That means that office politics which may not have meant much to you in the past are now your responsibility. You can’t show any hints of favoritism. You can be friendly, that is always encouraged, but you can’t be friends. Letting them know about your weekend hijinks makes them respect you just a little less.
2. Watch your tone
Losing your temper at work can be disastrous, but losing your temper at work when you’re also in a position of authority can ruin your career. We’ve all had bosses we have been intimidated by, so you know what I’m talking about when I say that there are certain people we want to avoid because we can’t predict their reactions. Your employees aren’t going to want to do their best work for someone who they think undermines them and treats them disrespectfully. A negative reputation is also nearly impossible to mend. With websites such as Glassdoor and Indeed, your negative actions may end up on the internet and deter future employees from applying.
3. Keep it formal
There are several places in which curse words may be appropriate but your office is not one of those places. Using curse words when you speak to your employees makes you appear unprofessional and uneducated, both of which are not leadership qualities.
Is there anything else you think should be added to this list? Comment below and let me know.