As 2018 begins, it’s a good idea to look at how you want to set up the year, including breaking some old and bad habits that may have somehow crept their way into your management style. To act as the most effective manager, you want to avoid some of these common pitfalls.
Have you ever had a superior who constantly questioned your work or attempted to show you how to do it? Didn’t that make you feel as though they didn’t trust you to do the job for which they hired you? If you find yourself doing those same things, put yourself in check right now. Micromanaging leads to employee frustration and turnover, so step back and show your employees you trust them to do their jobs well.
Embarrassing employees/non-constructive feedback
Nothing demeans an employee faster than taking them to task in front of others. And frankly, it doesn’t show control on your part, either. Nor does giving feedback that’s neither specific nor constructive but simply feels like an attack or a scolding. Consider your own attitude before calling someone else out on theirs.
Grabbing credit or passing the buck
Nobody appreciates a manager who either takes credit for work others have done or blames the team when a problem arises. Both toxic behaviors indicate a manager who feels a need to hide behind their team, taking credit for excellent work and absolving themselves of blame for the bad. A quality manager does just the opposite, and it builds trust among employees, as well as showing strength of character.
What you can do to create good habits
Simply ask for feedback from those who work with you, either directly or indirectly. You can’t correct what you don’t see, after all. Query your employees on what works with regard to your managing style, either one-on-one or in an anonymous survey. Ask a professional coach or a trusted colleague to observe you and give you advice on what you’re doing well and what you need to improve. All of this will help you cultivate awareness of your own managerial style and allow you to create new, helpful habits to replace the less-than-helpful ones.
Start the year off right by examining yourself as a manager. For advice on how best to do this for yourself and for your employees, look to the professionals at PrideStaff.