Employee management

Are You a Bad Boss? Strategies to Improve Manager–Employee Relations

February 22, 2018

Wearing a great costume may give your employees a fun fright on Hallowe’en, but do your employees scatter in fear when you step into the office the rest of the year, too? Do they keep their heads down as you hover over their desk like the friendly ghost long after October 31?

As a manager, you’re juggling deadlines and responsibilities alongside the crucial work of leading people. When that to-do list isn’t getting any shorter, taking a moment to reflect on your performance may seem like a waste of time. Yet studies show that investing in management skills may help with everything from increasing productivity to lowering employee attrition. In a recent Leger/Monster Canada survey, 42% of respondents said they have left a job because they didn’t like their boss, giving some credence to the cliché that workers don’t quit a job, they quit a boss.

Part of being a good boss is taking the time to reflect on your management successes and setbacks. Although there are no perfect employees or perfect bosses, it’s important to be aware of the traits that can scare away top talent. Despite our best efforts at looking ahead, people can be unpredictable, which makes management both fascinating and challenging. By remaining aware of employee signals, regularly gathering employee feedback, and implementing employee recognition programs, you can help ensure you maintain productive working relationships with your employees.

Download our Manager-Employee Relations Guide to know whether your management skills need improvement, and what can you do to maximize working relationships with your employees.

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Sources:

Monster, The Biggest Workplace Nightmare for Many Canadians.

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