This may come as a shock, but a recent study showed that over 80% of people would consider quitting their job due to bad management. If you haven’t lately, it may be time to take a long look in the mirror. The recent events of the world have piled on the stress in every which way and though you may hold a higher role, you are not exempt from feeling it. However, you need to remember that you are the one who employees look to for security and motivation and if you’re not up for the challenge you may be hurting your company. A small effort on your part may go a long way with your employees and lucky for you, we are here to bring light to habits you may have unknowingly taken under your belt that are extremely fixable to create a more productive and positive culture!

For starters, let’s not leave out the fact that the percentage of employees leaving their role for a new one has greatly increased over the last year. This creates a domino effect, leaving a gap in your once well-oiled machine. Now on top of the additional attention it requires to onboard a new employee, the extra workload will need to be shared amongst your remaining employees which could ultimately leave them feeling overwhelmed or burnt out. Thus, creating an entirely new problem. For ideas on how to make your employees feel heard and more engaged refer to our previous blog that touches on quarterly meetings, and check-ins. For now, let’s discuss some mistakes you may be making that, once addressed, could greatly improve company culture and productivity.

Are you approachable? Do you make yourself available? Do you work with your office door closed? These are all easily adaptable but not so desirable habits you may have. Your employees now more than ever are begging to be heard and have their needs be met which has made your job arguably more important, and if you’re leaving them feeling shut out you may likely lose them. Try creating an open-door policy so your employees can freely communicate any questions, comments, or concerns. It’s time to delegate accordingly and remove things from your plate to make room for what’s important.

How do you speak to your employees? One of the main reasons employees seek new employment is due to the communication, or lack thereof, between themselves and their management.  Respect is earned and how you speak to people, both in and outside of work, can make or break your relationship, and ultimately if you are speaking down to people what is stopping others, who look to you, to do the same? You are single-handedly destroying the culture in your company not only for those who are employed there now but for those who may potentially be employed there in the future as a new hire would be inclined to turn right back around and find something different. People may look past a mistake or two, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

Are you continually asking your employees to do something that you won’t do? Of course, this is not referring to mail runs or bank deposits. I’m talking about working on holidays, dressing appropriately, or simply coming to work on time. A quick way to lose the respect of your employees is asking them to work on a holiday and you not being there with them. It seems like the “we’re all in this together” mentality has vanished. Technically speaking, if you are the owner of the company or in a position of management, should you not care as much as if not more than about the success of your business? The second an employee feels as though they “care” more than you do by putting in the hours and the work necessary you have lost them.

Do you give credit where credit is due? Celebrating someone’s accomplishments, no matter how small, will never go unnoticed. Not even by the person receiving the celebration, but even more so by those around them. It could be something as little as grabbing them a cup of coffee or giving them a small plastic golden trophy (that I may or may not keep on my desk) that can make someone feel recognized and appreciated for the work they put in. Playing hard to please is only cute in high school relationships.

If you found yourself struggling with management in your role and feel as though you are in need of a change, please give us a call at (518) 275-4816 where we are happy to help find your (new) perfect fit!