February 17, 2016
YOUR first and most important job as a people manager is to, well, manage your people. A healthy employee-manager relationship is absolutely key to getting things done in an effective, efficient way, and it’s the manager’s job to set that tone with her employees.
If managers treat their employees with dignity and respect, assist with job and career development, are generous with their time and listen – really listen – they will see many benefits, including:
If you’re thinking: Well, if this is the case, why do I have to do all the work? I agree with you–you shouldn’t have to do all the work. Employees have a role in creating a healthy working relationship, too. If an employee wants to be viewed as top talent and an asset to the company, he/she should be asking you these questions:
How often are your employees asking you these questions? If they’re not, let them know which questions you would like them to ask you from time to time and when it’s warranted. Don’t assume they should just know or gripe about how unproductive they are without giving them the courtesy of knowing what you want to hear. If you do encourage your employees to ask these questions, be prepared to have the answers!