Your employees are your most valuable assets.
While it might sound like your typical business motto, it’s important to remind yourself that your company wouldn’t be where it is without a team of experts who work hard every day to make things happen. Your employees are indispensable to your success.
Don’t shrug the statement off. Too many business owners and managers misjudge how their behaviour can affect their staff negatively. Indeed, your management style and work decisions can cause additional stress to the team. As the workplace is already a place that tends to be naturally prone to hectic behaviours and tight deadlines, it’s fair to say that your team suffer from the additional stress load. Here is how your behaviour is driving your employees mad and why you need to stop:
There is nothing to gain in inspiring fear
Inspiring respect in the workplace when you’re a new manager is never easy. However, there is a right and a wrong way to approach your path to respect. Indeed, as a figure of authority, it would be unwise to abuse your position to create a climate of fear. Becoming the boss who blames employees for mistakes and is happy to punish people for their wrong-doings is not the most effective solution. Ultimately, nobody can be productive in an environment when they constantly fear for their job. More importantly, employees are more likely to look for new opportunities elsewhere than to stay with your company.
Seriously, nobody needs that many passwords
Most workplaces require cloud solutions and systems as part of their day-to-day activities. Whether your team works with marketing, sales, or financial tools, chances are that they need authenticated user identities to connect to the work architecture. However, when the average companies can use over 50 different tools a day, that’s a lot of separate passwords to remember. For anybody who’s trying to get on with daily tasks, forgetting or sharing passwords could be a source of stress. Instead of letting employees guess whether they’ve got access to their tools, you can use secured, authentication IAM solutions by ProofID to streamline access and ID admin. Why does it matter? Because enabling new passwords and users can take ages in-house!
Nobody likes a last-minute meeting
“Can I borrow your brain for a moment?”
Your employees may like to get involved in new projects, but they also want to be in control of their time. Last-minute meetings are a pain in the butt that slows down your team. Getting stuff done in the office, ultimately, is more likely to happen if you refrain from sending unexpected meeting invites. Your employees are not willing to stay up late to finish the work you’ve stopped them from doing during their office hours. Too many meetings affect their productivity and creativity.
Are you showing your favourites?
As a boss, you need to be careful about making friends in the office. Indeed, you can’t afford to have favourites in your team. Your employees expect fair treatment. They are not going to accept discrimination or preferences in the workplace. More often than not, people who don’t feel valued or who fear they are unfairly handled don’t waste time looking for another job.
How stressful are your management decisions to your employees? Simple things such as slowing down their progress with poor access management or meeting organization can lead to frustration and loss of motivation. Other mistakes, such as unfair treatment can cost you your team altogether.