Managers carry a lot on their shoulders and from time to time, they are bound to make mistakes. However, mostly, they make such because they are not very keen.
The following are just some of the mistakes that managers often make at the workplace
1. Not making time for the employees
Many managers are often too busy with other workloads to interact with their employees. This creates a disconnection with the employees and they start viewing the manager as a small god. The distance also creates fear among the employees that they cannot approach the manager when they have an issue regarding work. In the long run, the employees do not work effectively leading to conflicts between them and their manager.
2. Not giving the employees feedback
Once a project has been completed or a particular task has been done by the employees, the manager should give them feedback about the work yet in most cases, they do not. The workers are left wondering if they did the correct thing in the work or not. The feedback from clients is also important and the managers make the mistake of not sharing this with their employees. This denies them a chance to learn from the work.
3. Failing to define goals
Once a project commences, many managers leave the task of defining goals to the employees. This is wrong. The goals should be suggested by the manager and the employees as well to ensure that they are on the same page. Managers make the mistake of reading out the goals if they made them, but they do not further elaborate what it is that they clearly expect from the workers. In the long run, the work may be done wrongly and they have to go through the tough time of explaining why the project was not successful to clients. They will have no one else to blame but them.
4. Being too friendly
Most managers want to be viewed as friendly and approachable to all workers. This is not a bad thing. However, if it goes overboard, the employees working under them often take advantage of the friendship. The manager may be required to make tough decisions regarding various employees and if they became too friendly, this may be a hard task for them. A good manager should command respect from his team without appearing overbearing.
5. Failing to trust employees
Lack of trust is a huge mistake that managers make because they think that they can only trust themselves. When they assign a team of employees some work to be done, they constantly follow up to check on the project. Keeping track of the project is necessary but the lack of trust intimidates the team members to an extent that they will not be productive. In the event that a small mistake is made during work, the manager admonishes them ruthlessly because they do not trust them. They may end up losing the most effective members due to mistrust.
Managers make many more mistakes, but these five do hamper their relationship with the people working under them.