In today’s business and legal climate, it is important to understand how to effectively deal with employees. Unfortunately, people are often ill-prepared for the manager’s role when they take it on. The workplace climate can be very challenging.
There are numerous laws and regulations with which a manager must be familiar. In addition, the manager must understand the causes of and be prepared to deal with workplace violence, employee morale and motivation, conflict between employees, absenteeism, turnover and low employee productivity.
Much has been written about the differences between being a manager or a leader or a coach. The examination of these titles, and their respective approaches, demonstrates the movement from the depersonalized, patriarchal (or matriarchal) approach of supervision to that of a more supportive and encouraging role.
The book shelves in homes, offices and bookstores are lined with “How to” resources. As we awaken to the fact that employees are not children (although some can and do act like children) but are adults whose self-esteem can suffer in a stifling and restrictive workplace environment, we realize the responsibility that rests on the shoulders of “managers.”
- You take your employees as you find them. Make sure your interviewing skills are top notch to avoid a hiring mistake.
- Remember that every employee is different and every employee is the same. The basic needs are the same, but how those needs are fulfilled will vary from employee to employee.
- Creating a positive workplace environment takes work, but the rewards are well worth the efforts.
- Always remember the tremendous impact that you have on your employee’s lives. Be aware of how your communication style and attitude can impact them (positively or negatively).
- Don’t take your employees for granted.
- Remember the words that all people like to hear… “Please.” “Thank you.” and “I appreciate you and the job that you are doing.”
Please Note: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not the intent of Mary Rau-Foster to render legal advice. If legal advice is required, you should seek the services of a competent lawyer.