If you are an employer, you understand the importance of maintaining good relationships with the people who work with and for you. You don’t want people just to do what you say since having mutual respect is crucial for a positive work environment. As the employer, you do have the right to command a certain amount of respect, but it’s also normal to want others to like you.
There are certain habits you may have that could actually be causing your employees to dislike you, and you may not even realize it. It’s healthy to self-evaluate on occasion in order to make sure your habits are helping create a healthy culture in your workplace and a positive place to work. Some of the things that can make employees dislike you include:
• Not providing enough information – Equip your employees to succeed. Make sure that you’ve provided sufficient information, and be available for support and questions.
• Reacting defensively – It’s important not to respond defensively when getting feedback or criticism. These are opportunities for growth and positive change as well as opportunities to set an example for employees.
• Expecting employees to read your mind – Your employees aren’t mind readers, and expecting them to magically know what you want isn’t realistic or fair. Communication is key.
As an employer, there is a certain amount of pressure to walk the line between being friends with your employees and being impersonal and standoffish. It’s okay to want your employees to like you, but that starts with making sure it’s not your own negative habits that are causing friction.
Having a positive relationship with your employees is important, and this starts with you. It can be beneficial to ask yourself what you may be doing to cause others to dislike you. A little self-evaluation and improvement is not only good for you, but it’s also good for those who work with you.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC