16 Jan The Effects of Bad Management in the Workplace
As a manager, losing your best staff members could be detrimental to your business. It should be within your best interests to show respect for your employees and their individual needs. A lack in productivity and increased stress are just a few of the negative effects that poor leadership can have on a workforce. Management teams consisting of leaders that don’t listen to others, place no value on communication and consistently ignoring employees tend to lose respect from others, thus causing negative attitudes in the workplace.
Bad leadership tends to involve lacking the necessary skills and qualities to effectively lead a team. Continued bad management can lead to high staff turnover rates, with the most valued employees looking elsewhere for work. This also means that constant training of new recruits is required, which ultimately uses up valuable time for other employees.
Having plenty of opportunities for advancement and progression acts as a driver for motivation, providing employees with visions for the future and purpose. Bad management involves providing employees with limited chances to progress. As an employer, you should be placing your employee’s needs amongst the top of your priorities. Some of the best employees are, undoubtedly, ambitious and driven – but these same people are highly likely to want to advance in their role at some point.
As a leader, it’s important that you listen, with care, to everything your employees have to say – whether it’s positive or negative. If one of your employees discloses an issue to you, it’s essential that you take it seriously and take action. Leaders who ignore information of this kind are usually resented by employees, who will eventually lose trust in their employer. You should be the main point of contact for any employee issues – so you need to remain approachable.
It’s essential that as a leader, you remain realistic in terms of workload. Take the time to understand how much each employee can realistically achieve in a day – you may need to meet with them to discuss this. A mutual understanding is highly beneficial, since you’ll both know when the workload may be getting a little too heavy. Not having a clear understanding of your employees’ schedules, however, may result in you giving them too much work. If employees begin to feel that they can’t cope with their workload, they’ll start to feel as though they aren’t valued as an individual.
People skills are crucial in business – especially if you are the leader. Taking the time to get to know your employees individually is key to developing these skills – since you’ll know their strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, knowing your employees on a more personal level will make them more inclined to come to you with any issues they may have.
If you feel that you could improve your leadership skills but aren’t sure how, don’t hesitate to contact one of our team at Cluer HR who will help you improve your skills in your workplace.