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5 Things you are doing that is driving employees mad

He just thinks about himself.

Why the hell is he asking about the progress after every 30 minutes?

What’s the point of working hard when he doesn’t even acknowledge our efforts?

Oftentimes, we hear such words from employees for their managers or bosses. If you are wondering that your employer-employee relationship is too strong, think again. In a study, two out of every five (39 percent) respondents said that they left a job primarily because of their manager which strengthens the argument that employees don’t leave companies, they leave managers.

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Today, when a lot of companies are emphasizing on employee engagement and employee motivation, one wrong move can lose you a valuable asset. This being said, if you are a leader or a manager or a boss, take a look at your traits and habits that might be a pain for those working with or for you.

  1. You do not care how they feel

You know the most disrespectful thing one can do to someone is shouting orders with zero respect and kindness. The moment you start acting with apathy and demonstrating lack of respect for your fellow workers, you not just make them feel bad but also gain the reputation of being discourteous and snooty. It’s natural for others to label you as too ‘self-absorbed’ when you talk bad at someone’s back, ignore their efforts, treats them unfairly, and put results over people.

Things like ignoring their requests which are absolutely doable, belittling their inputs, being too inconsiderate can affect employee morale and your relationship with them.

2. You are interfering way too much

Someone said it right that over-managing your subordinates can do more harm than not managing them at all. No one likes to be micromanaged yet too many bosses seem to be doing it a lot. So much so that it reaches a point when they start bothering employees after every hour to know the progress of the assigned task.

Always remember that you’ve hired someone only after seeing something in them. So, as a boss or a manager, guide them wherever required and instill your trust so that they can be fully vested in contributing whatever they are inspired to contribute. So, micromanage the process, not the people.

3. You are not giving them the credit they deserve

As someone who is leading a team, the best thing you can do to boost employee morale and employee engagement is to credit them for their hard work. And, the worst thing could be not recognizing their efforts at all. If you are someone who likes to point out mistakes, then make sure that you’re the first one to give them a pat on the back for a job that is well-done.

Stealing someone’s credit to impress your super-senior will not only drive them mad but you will ruin your reputation in their eyes. As a real leader, you should be helping them to shine not hogging all the limelight.

4. You follow the ‘my way or the highway’ attitude

It won’t be wrong to say that most of us would have worked with someone who thinks he/she knows it all about anything and everything. However, things change, if that someone is your boss or manager. Before ProofHub, I have worked for many organizations. In one such company, one of my colleague would often crib about his manager who would strongly voice his opinions, dismiss ideas others would share, and often force how things should be done.

In situations like these, employees would restrict voicing their ideas due to the fear of being seen as confrontational or being misunderstood. This I-know-it-all attitude can lead to irate coworkers and an unhappy work environment.

5. You love playing favorites

Humans are hard-wired to notice fairness and unfairness. If a certain team member is scoring all the plum-assignments or is allowed to do certain things for which others would be reprimanded, it’s natural for their spirits to dampen. No one would take it when someone less-competent is chosen over them, which is absolutely right on their part.

According to a report by Georgetown University, 92 percent of employees have seen favoritism influencing promotions at workplace. Anyone would be fine if a competent team member is being preferred but employee morale can take a huge dip if the preferred guy isn’t as qualified or skilled as them. And, this would seriously drive anyone mad.

These are my top-five observations that would often drive me and my colleagues mad when I started out my professional journey. I’m sure there would be many things that bother or irritate you as an employee, I would love to know your thoughts in the comments section.

Author Bio:

Sandeep Kashyap is the Founder and CEO of ProofHub — a leading project management and collaboration software. He’s one person always on a lookout for innovative ideas about filling the communication gap between groups, teams, and organizations. You’ll find him saying, “Let’s go!” instead of “Go!” many times a day. That’s what makes him write about leadership in a way people are inspired to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.

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Sandeep Kashyap

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Internet Entrepreneur, CEO of SDP Labs and Founder of ProofHub