Managing a team can be tough. You have to delegate tasks, juggle different personalities and keep everyone on task in order to ensure productivity. As a result, things can go awry even for the best of managers. But you can usually keep things on track and streamline operations by avoiding some of these common management mistakes.
Although it is your responsibility to delegate tasks and provide criticism, you can get yourself in trouble if you’re a control freak. If you’re constantly watching over the shoulders of your employees, it can stifle their creativity and put them on edge to the point that their productivity suffers. While you should correct problem behavior, there comes a point where you need to give employees the freedom to accomplish tasks the way they do best and not try to control every last detail.
If you want to drive a wedge between yourself and your employees, showing favoritism is one of the quickest ways to do so. This practice can create a lot of tension among your employees and can make for a divisive, hostile atmosphere. If you’re guilty of this, it’s important to make a concerted effort to treat everyone equally and not play favorites.
Not Practicing What You Preach
No one likes a hypocrite. If you hold your employees to certain standards but don’t meet those standards yourself, things can really get ugly in a hurry. Generally speaking, employees respect and value managers who “walk the walk.” They’re more likely to give more effort when they know that their manager is putting forth their maximum effort as well. But if you’re hypocritical, it’s probably going to put a strain on your relationship with employees.
Not Setting Clear Expectations
The success of almost any company is contingent upon setting goals and then ultimately achieving them. But how can your employees effectively reach company goals if you fail to set clear expectations? They can’t, and it can be incredibly frustrating if your criticize them without making it clear about what they should have achieved. Fortunately, you can remedy this problem by clearly defining goals and providing specific instructions.
It’s not the end of the world if you’ve found yourself making any of these common management mistakes. But it should be a wake up call to address any issues and resolve them before they get out of control. By making a few changes, you can manage with great efficiency and effectiveness, and you should be able to build better rapport with your employees.
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