Being a boss is hard work. You aren’t there to be liked – let’s get that out of the way, first. But, there’s no doubt that it helps to have your employee’s respect. Here are some of the most common reasons that employees give about poor bosses – and how you can change things around.
Micromanaging is inevitable when you run your own business. It’s hard to escape the fact that it is your company that you built from the ground up. And, you probably think you know the best way to do things. However, try and see things from your employee’s perspective. If they can’t use their initiative, they will do one of two things. First of all, they might go elsewhere, and you will lose a good worker. The second thing that could happen is that they stop making decisions for themselves. In effect, you will have a workforce full of zombies, who only do something when you tell them to.
So, how do you change things around? Well, it’s down to you. You are going to have to let go of certain areas of your business and loosen your control. Try hiring line managers to deal with departments, and take more of a top level approach to things. As you watch them deal with issues as they arise, you will find that you are happier to let go. The key is to get started – which is the biggest barrier to get past.
You don’t act like an employee
Employees respect bosses who they can see are making an effort. If you spend most of your time on the golf course, and breeze in late and go home early every day, it’s going to cause problems. It’s down to you, of course – but you will reap what you sew. Per Wickstrom agrees. The CEO and Founder of Best Drug Rehabilitation says that employers should act as an employee of their business. It’s an interesting theory that allows you to see things in a different way.
It’s important to be visible with what you do, too. You might work hard and every hour of the day, but it won’t make a difference if your staff don’t see you. Think about your image at all times, and put some time aside to bond with and get to know your employees.
You don’t play fair
My last point is an important one: fairness in the workplace. If you have favorite members of staff, then you are in good company – most people do, and it’s normal. But you can’t afford to show it. There are friendships, and there are employees, and mixing them both during work hours is not going to do you favors.
The answer? Be aware of your actions, and how you treat people. You can’t afford to have favorites, or it will come back to bite you hard. If you like someone, fine. But you have to make it clear to those that you like that you can’t play the favoritism card from now on.
With any luck, these little tips could help you will get better respect and become a better boss. Let me know if you have any more thoughts in the comments section below!