Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance
A manager can approach their role in various ways. They could take a dictatorial stance; telling their employees what they can and can’t do, shouting at them when they make mistakes and maintaining an air of aloofness. However, the environment that this fosters can hardly be said to be productive. A productive workforce will run through brick walls for their manager, yet a dictatorial manager would struggle to muster such a response. In order to illicit the right response from your employees, consider the following.
If a person makes a mistake, they will often feel like they’ve let everyone down. The last thing that they need in such situations is an ear-full from the boss. Out of every mistake, there is an opportunity: empower your employee by giving them the opportunity to rectify their mistake, either on their own or within the team. By doing this, the employee will feel that they have achieved something, rather than dwelling on the mistake.
Be an Equal
It is very difficult to break down the employer/employee relationship. However, even if it remains intact, it is still possible for the gap to be reduced sufficiently. Employees don’t want to be treated like mere components; they want to be respected and treated as individuals. Take the time to get to know your employees; take them for drinks or a meal every so often. By doing such things, you begin to be seen as more of an equal, rather than just ‘the boss.’ A person is more likely to work hard for somebody who respects them, and doesn’t patronize them.
Don’t belittle your employees; empower them through conversations and encouragement and reap the rewards later!
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