Regardless if you are a huge corporation or a small town business with only a few employees, you should know that everyone is prone to making managing mistakes. However, it is important to learn from those mistakes in order to have a successful business and a thriving company.
We have made a list with a few managing mistakes that can occur, regardless of the line of work of the company. Of course, most of them only happen in larger companies, but some are even applicable to smaller businesses. Keep on reading to find out what you should avoid doing in your relationship with your employees.
- Not listening
Having a managing position automatically means that you become a figure of authority for certain people and you have the responsibility to make sure that their activity is productive for the company. This means that you get to tell people what to do and when to do it, you get to delegate and decide how they should work. However, this does not give you unlimited power and knowledge. These people are still specialists and they still know a lot more about their work than you do. Not listening to their ideas, suggestions and opinions would be a huge mistake. Dismissing what they say just because you are the boss is the worst thing you could do, and probably one of the most damaging things for the company.
- Not implementing
If you are polite enough to listen to what your employees have to say, but never bother to look into their ideas and suggestions, you are again making a big mistake. If you create a precedent of listening to the people working for you, promising you will do your best to try and change things and in the end do absolutely nothing, you will certainly lose the trust of your employees. More than that, they might not come to you with ideas and suggestions a second time. This means that you might lose some great ideas and even revenue.
- Not appreciating their work
Regardless of their line of work, employees need to feel appreciated and their work needs to be valued. Everyone, from sales agents, to mechanics and cleaning crew needs to be given credit for their work and needs to be praised when it is the case. Minimizing their efforts and dismissing their achievements is definitely not the way to go. It is a good thing that you want your employees to have excellent results and that you always push them to improve themselves and improve their work. However, acting like their efforts have not risen to your expectations might lead them to believe that you are hard to please and that their work will never be good enough for you.
The bottom line is that there are plenty of things that can go wrong in a company. This is exactly why you should always know if or when you are doing something wrong managing your business. Keep on reading to find out even more mistakes that managers make nowadays.