5 Common Mistakes Bosses Make

Bosses are only human and are bound to make mistakes. The only problem is, most bosses don’t realize the mistakes they are making. Employees will complain about the boss in the break room and the boss will never know his/her workforce is slowly crumbling because of his/her actions. Therefore, we compiled a list of 5 common mistakes bosses makes. When you read these, think back to case studies in your own life and see if you have made at least one of these. Now, you know. Someone had, to be honest with you.

5. Failure to React to Problems

Problems don’t go away if you ignore them. No, instead they fester and infect the workplace. Employees are likely to gossip and talk about their issues with other employees. Remember, one bad apple spoils the bunch. When one employee complains, the others take on that mindset as well. It is best to handle these complaints as soon as possible. Be approachable, listen and take a proactive intervention to coaching employees in resolving problems immediately.

4. Not Treating Employees Equally

Picking favorites is never a good thing. Employees recognize the signs and build up resentment against the manager who has failed to favor themselves. This perception that you are befriending certain employees and giving them special treatment will derail your teamwork efforts. Jealousy rots the workplace. You don’t have to treat everyone the same, but you do have to treat them equally.

3. Blaming Employees When Things Go Wrong

Here it is, the responsibility is ultimately yours when you are the boss. Even if a mistake was a direct result of an employee’s actions, you are the one who manages that employee and it is you who has to make sure they are trained and equipped properly to handle any task. Under the critique of executive leadership, it can be easy to chuck one of your employees under the bus to save your own job. Don’t. Simple as that. You will lose the respect of that employee. Martyrs earn respect, not rats.

Under the critique of executive leadership, it can be easy to chuck one of your employees under the bus to save your own job. Don’t. Simple as that. You will lose the respect of that employee. Martyrs earn respect, not rats. Lemolight Media in Chicago had trouble with a salesperson who didn’t communicate properly with the video crew and as a result, the client who hired them wasn’t happy. The salesperson took full responsibility and the client truly appreciated the level of honesty and integrity. He ended up hiring Lemonlight Media to produce a few more videos for his business.

2. Withholding Important Information

Communication is key and transparent communication is effective. Certain information might be confidential, but when it comes to sharing a vision, ideas, the direction the company is heading, don’t hold back. Including your employees in discussions will make them feel valued. Encourage them to share feedback, opinions, ideas, etc., and you won’t be disappointed by their sudden drive to do better.

1. Inability to Trust

Micromanaging just does not work. A lack of trust creates untrustworthy employees. How does this happen? By constantly checking in on someone, that employee will start to feel incompetent and their suddenly low self-esteem will result in poor production. Let people do their jobs and praise them when they do it well.

Bosses are in the spotlight and it can be a tough position to take on. If you can avoid making one of the above 5 common mistakes, you are well on your way to being a boss your employees both respect and admire.